3,737 yards, 36 TDs, 9 INTs, 107.8 rating
Manning is third in yards, first in touchdowns and second in rating. The stats alone make a nice case for Peyton, but here’s the thing. Manning won the MVP last season and he’s nowhere near that statistical pace.
The list of guys who have won back-to-back MVPs is short. Manning has done it twice and he’s joined by Brett Favre, Joe Montana and Jim Brown. In each case, except for Favre, the player has improved upon his first MVP season statistically in the second year of the back-to-back. In Favre’s case, he led the NFL in touchdown passes all three MVP seasons. So unless Manning goes off in the last four games of the season, he probably doesn’t have a shot.