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Peyton Manning Continues to Lead MVP Race After Shredding Philadelphia

Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) at the line of scrimmage during  the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IJune 3, 2016

Peyton Manning is just too freakin’ good.

The Denver Broncos quarterback distanced himself from the other NFL MVP candidates yet again on Sunday, torching the Philadelphia Eagles with four touchdown passes through the first three quarters.

Manning and the Broncos picked up right where they left off in Week 3, scoring six touchdowns on their first eight drives. Wes Welker was the first to touch paydirt, and he was soon joined by Trindon Holliday, Knowshon Moreno and Demaryius Thomas (twice).

Manning found Welker again on a 4-yard touchdown to cap off the third quarter with a ridiculous 42 points.

Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws the ball during  the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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With the strong showing against Philly, Manning’s incredible season continued. He now has 16 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through the first four games, and no one else is even close to him in the MVP race.

Other QBs (Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, etc.) have been good as well, but they can’t touch Manning through the first quarter of the season.

Entering Week 4, Manning led the league in touchdown passes, yards, completion percentage and quarterback rating. And after completing 28-of-34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns against Philly, he will likely stay on top in each category for at least one more week.

As of now, Manning’s biggest competition for MVP might be Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. The vocal defensive back has eight tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown through four games, while leading a defense that is allowing just 11.75 points per game.

However, as good as Sherman has been, he's still miles behind Manning. The legendary quarterback is simply on a different level right now, and if he plays anywhere close to this well throughout the rest of the season, he will win his fifth NFL MVP award. 

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