Adrian Peterson is on pace to set career highs in rushing yards, receptions and yards per carry while playing on a lousy offense and coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He's our biggest riser in this year's NFL MVP race.
Watt had his quietest game of the season Sunday night in Chicago. There wasn't much of a pass rush from either team because of the wet conditions. Watt will need a monster effort on "Monday Night Football" against the New England Patriots in Week 14 or no one will take his strong candidacy seriously. Except me.
Manning's accuracy is just outrageous. Over the last two weeks, he has thrown just a handful of passes that didn't land exactly where he intended. Manning is going vertical a great deal, and he's throwing more on the run than you'd expect. (Of course, we'd expect it wouldn't happen at all.) Manning and the next player on our list might duel it out for Comeback Player of the Year and MVP.
The scary part: Peterson still can get stronger as the year wears on. He has rushed for 629 yards in his last four games alone. When we look back on Peterson's career one day, this might be the season we remember above all others. Jeff Darlington will have a piece on Peterson's rehab Thursday, explaining how crazy his recovery has been. It doesn't need any embellishing. The guy is not normal.
Brady has the lowest interception rate in the NFL. He leads the highest-scoring offense in the league; the Patriots have topped 30 points in six games. And people still complain I have Brady too high every week.