Mike Sando's MVP Watch

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown three touchdown passes in four consecutive games. AP Photo/Greg Trott

Let's just say some were a bit skeptical upon seeing Peyton Manning atop the MVP Watch list a week ago.

"I totally disagree," wrote a colleague who shall remain nameless.

Looks like Manning might be staying awhile in the No. 1 spot.

The Denver Broncos' 36-year-old quarterback posted another statistical gem Sunday with 305 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during a 34-14 victory over New Orleans. He leads the NFL in Total QBR (82.5) and NFL passer rating (109.0).

Manning thus became the second player in NFL history to reach 300 yards passing and three touchdowns in four consecutive games during one season. Steve Young did it five consecutive games during the 1998 season. That info comes from Elias Sports Bureau.

Terrell Davis won MVP honors for his 2,008-yard season back in 1998, a reminder that a few strong weeks in a row does not secure the hardware automatically. But with Manning and the current Broncos facing the NFL easiest schedule from this point forward, we have a midseason favorite, at least.

Note: ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this item.