First his longtime pal Kenny Chesney was named country music's MVP (technically Entertainer of the Year); then the Colts' QB took steps toward winning the NFL's version of the award for a second straight year. His third five-touchdown day of the season propelled Colts over Texans and gave Manning a season total of 31, on pace to shatter Dan Marino's record of 48.
This is the city that's hosting Super Bowl XXXIX on Feb. 6--and the homeboys just might be getting some wild ideas. Even with Last-Minute Leftwich sidelined, Jags (6--3) snagged overtime win over Lions behind backup quarterback David Garrard to hold on to share of first place in AFC South. Soft schedule ahead and four of last seven games at home.
Carson Palmer--Chad Johnson
Bengals' QB-WR tandem drove from Cincy to Indy to watch Peyton and WR Marvin Harrison knock off Vikings two Mondays ago. "They're who we want to be like," said Palmer. "It was a business trip." Palmer drove ("[ Chad] was my date"), they sat in the stands and they took notes: On Sunday pair hooked up six times for 89 yards in win over Redskins.
Freed from NFL disaster area and due to collect millions more from Dolphins, Wannstedt was bathed in praise and sympathy (CB Sam Madison wept) on his way out as Miami coach. Six days later he showed up, perfect hair and all, as a CBS analyst.