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Collins Not Warner


Kurt Warner is playing great, and his team is in first place in its (awful) division. But he's not the MVP. Two other quarterbacks come to mind first: Kerry Collins and Eli Manning. (Parochially, you could make a case for Clinton Portis over Warner, too.)

If your team is 9-0 and you've managed most of those games expertly, as Collins has, you're a step ahead of Warner. Especially considering no one thought you had anything left after what we like to call "the Oakland thing." But it's understandable that some may think Collins more a cog in the Titans' machine, no more important than, say, Albert Haynesworth.

And why doesn't Eli Manning get any non-Manning family love? With a couple of exceptions (Cleveland, the second half of the Washington game), he's been on target and right on time, authoring come from behind drives and keeping New York ahead with clutch completions. Manning, too, is the beneficiary of an outstanding defense, but that doesn't mean he hasn't held up his end as well.

It's also hard for me to pull the lever for Warner because of those back-to-back bad games against the Redskins and Jets. But I'm sure he's still number one in Brenda's book.

By David Aldridge  |  November 12, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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