- Adam Schefter, NFL
Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag on Wednesdays during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
-- Jared (Louisiana)
A: That argument could be made, Jared. That's how good Peyton has been. But you're also talking about him in that light after two of his best games of the season, at San Diego and at home against New Orleans. Ryan has been strong all seven weeks, including a game against Denver in which he outplayed Manning. But here's the deal: We're only seven games into the season. There still are nine more weeks to figure out which MVP candidate is more worthy. The best players make the biggest plays in November and December. As for Denver, the night it beat the Chargers was the night the Broncos unofficially clinched the AFC West. Nobody in that division -- and I don't care how close they are in the standings now -- is overtaking the Broncos. I said it that night and still believe it now.
Q: It seems like the writing is on the wall that Mike Wallace will leave Pittsburgh after this season. What teams might be interested?
-- Devin (Pennsylvania)
A: Any team that needs a wide receiver, Devin, and even the ones that don't. You always start with division rivals: Would it make sense for Cleveland, Cincinnati or Baltimore to throw big money at Wallace? It would make sense that all three might. Then there are other receiver-needy teams such as the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers that also will throw some cash at Wallace. And some teams, such as Kansas City, could lose a player like Dwayne Bowe that would alter their needs. The bottom line is that Wallace would make any team in the league better. The better question is: What teams would be willing to dole out all the money it's going to take to get him? I think the team that does is one mentioned above.
-- Liam (Colorado)
A: How much credit do you want them to get, Liam, and in what form? They've done a great job. They've already won double the number of games they did last year and they've been saluted everywhere. Should we call off the season and award them a trophy or something? They've done a great job and will for years to come because they do have a quarterback who is going to be great for this franchise over the next decade. But nobody gets anything in the NFL after seven games, other than a position to make a run at the postseason. Indianapolis deserves to be where it is right now.
Q: I saw Ron Jaworski had his list of the 10 scariest defense players. Who would your 10 scariest offensive players in the NFL be right now? Guys who are just matchup nightmares? Thanks!
-- Herb (Texas)
A: Wow, Herb, you got me there. Off the top of my head, here are 10 players that are really difficult to game plan for, in no particular order: Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green and Jimmy Graham, I'm sure Brandon Marshall, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, A.J. Green, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Adrian Peterson and others would make a strong argument that they belong -- and they do. It's hard to pick only 10.
-- Ashley (Illinois)
A: Don't worry, Ashley. The sign of a good team is pulling out a game it plays against an inferior opponent on a day when its level of intensity is not exactly what it is for a divisional opponent. Chicago pulled it out the way it has pulled out so many games this season: with help from the defense. Be happy with the W, know that it wasn't the Bears' best performance and expect more in the next month or so, when the Bears have a much tougher schedule.
Adam Schefter answers mailbag questions -- on potential suitors for Mike Wallace, Peyton Manning's MVP candidacy, and more -- and ranks the top teams in the NFL after Week 8.