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Argument Against Manning: Denver hasn't stepped up against elite competition
The Denver Broncos' play has impressed in all kinds of ways this season—first and foremost has been the superb play of QB Peyton Manning.
Manning has thrown for 2,975 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has led the Broncos to a 7-3 record and racked up a 68.5 completion percentage in the process.
However, Denver crumbled in three early-season meetings against elite competition. Losses to the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and New England Patriots showed there are still growing pains to be had for the Broncos.
Manning played well in those contests, but it is still important that Denver look strong against great competition.
A late-season game against the Baltimore Ravens will give the Broncos one last chance to beat one of the NFL's best. If they do so, Manning's MVP case is solidified. If they don't, there is at least a valid argument against him winning.