Leading Off: If Peyton Manning isn’t 2013 NFL MVP, who is?

After 15 NFL weeks, you’ve probably watched enough football to determine that quarterback Peyton Manning is the league’s 2013 MVP.

Manning has led Denver to an 11-3 record that should be good enough for the Broncos to earn the home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. He already has thrown for a career-high 4,811 yards and surely will surpass 5,000. His 47 touchdown passes are two shy of his career high set in 2004 and threeaway from Tom Brady’s season record.

Sports Illustrated already named Manning its Sportsman of the Year.

But if Manning isn’t the MVP, who is?

Is it Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs running back who scored five touchdowns Sunday in Oakland? Four of those touchdowns came on receptions, an NFL record for a running back. Charles has 1,181 rushing yards, 655 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.

Where would New England be without Brady? His late-game efforts saved the Patriots against New Orleans and Denver, and New England probably would have beaten Carolina if not for a blown call by a referee with no time left.

What about Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson? Would the Seahawks have the NFL’s best record at 12-2 without the second-year player?

Is it New Orleans’ Drew Brees, who is second in passing yards and touchdowns behind Manning?

– Victor Contreras

What to watch

NBA, Kings at Charlotte, 4 p.m., CSNCA: The new-look Kings begin a four-game trip against a team they should compete well against.

Today’s poll

Who deserves the NFL’s MVP award this season ?



To vote, go to

Weekend results

Does the Kings’

DeMarcus Cousins

deserve to be on the All-Star team?

• Yes, he’s playing great: 50%

Total votes: 414