Peyton Manning is the NFL's most valuable player this season, according to the respondents to a just-concluded poll on ProFootballWeekly.com.
Manning got 1,364 out of 5,321 total votes (25.6 percent), as he has led the Colts to a 5-3 record despite playing without many of his offensive weapons during the first half of the season. Manning has a 16-4 TD-interception ratio and a 96.3 passer rating.
Second in the voting was Chargers QB Philip Rivers with 1,233 votes (23.2 percent). Like Manning, Rivers has played without some key components of his supporting cast much of the first half, including WR Vincent Jackson and OLT Marcus McNeill. As the NFL's passing leader, Rivers' performance has been largely responsible for keeping the Chargers afloat at 4-5, still legitimately in playoff contention.
Following Manning and Rivers in the voting were Raiders RB Darren McFadden (613 votes), Patriots QB Tom Brady (608), Falcons WR Roddy White (492), Giants QB Eli Manning (409), Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson (208), Titans RB Chris Johnson (165), Saints QB Drew Brees (144) and Falcons QB Matt Ryan (85).
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