Colts QB reaching new heights

With his performance against the Jets, Peyton Manning has edged Steve McNair in the MVP race.

Updated: November 18, 2003, 12:38 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The race for most valuable player has been a two-man race ever since Stephen Davis hurt himself against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. The most likely candidates to win the award are Peyton Manning and Steve McNair in that order, but until last weekend McNair held a slight edge over the former Tennessee star.

McNair was at one time the league leader in passing yards, and has numbers that are off the charts. He's only thrown four interceptions, and though he's thrown the second-fewest passes of any quarterback that's played in all 10 games, that's still an unbelievably low number. Plus, he he's saddled by a ground game that without his contributions averages 2.9 yards per carry.

He also got credit for putting up his impressive totals with a capable receiving corps, but one that lacks top-drawer talent. Ad the fact that he's done most of his damage without tight end Frank Wycheck, and he seemed to have the inside track on Manning. But then came Sunday.