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Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton An MVP Candidate?

The NFL season is only two weeks away from its halfway point, so discussion on MVP candidates will start to pick up soon. ESPN's Mike Sando is already ranking the candidates, and it should be obvious which Bronco made the cut. Starting quarterback Kyle Orton appears on the list at no. 8, right behind the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers. Sando mentions that Orton's recent game against the Jets did him no favor, and that we may not see Orton on any MVP list soon enough:

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The Broncos have lost three of their past four games. This will probably mark Orton's last appearance on the MVP Watch list if the Broncos do not reverse their recent slide. Games against Oakland and San Francisco provide opportunities.

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Kyle Orton will need to contend with Nnamdi Asomugha on Sunday, one of the top cornerbacks in the game. Orton and his receivers beat the Jets' Darrelle Revis several times last Sunday, so we know the Broncos are willing to throw against tough cornerbacks. Nate Clements the next week is a step down from both Asomugha and Revis, but Orton will need to play a road game in London.

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The next two games will not only be telling for Orton, but for the entire Broncos team. Two wins would have the Broncos at 4-4 entering the bye week. With most of the remaining games after the break coming against divisional opponents, wins now would go a long way in helping the Broncos in the second half of the season.

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