Peyton Manning is well on his way to winning the NFL's MVP award for a record fifth time after Week 11, but there's still a lot of time left for another player to rise up and claim the trophy for himself.
Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan and J.J. Watt all took steps backwards in their respective games this past week, while Tom Brady took a couple more steps forward. Adrian Peterson was idle, and since most of the legitimate contenders failed to improve their stock, he's now right in the thick of this race.
Another player has risen from the ashes to find his name counted among these superstars, but you'll just have to keep reading to find out who he is.
If the season ended today, this is how I'd rank the top five contenders for the NFL's MVP award in 2012.