My five cents
1 Philip Rivers is a leading candidate for MVP honors. The San Diego Chargers quarterback has thrown 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions and has a passer rating of 120 or higher in five consecutive games. Coach Mike McCoy has given Rivers extra responsibility and leeway this season, and Rivers, the son of a coach, has become like a coach on the field.
2 Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, 28, hasn’t lived up to his $66 million contract this season. He has only 14 tackles and one sack, and last week, the only stat he registered was a pass breakup. It was the first game he’s gone without a tackle since Nov. 4, 2012, when a hamstring injury forced him out against Arizona.
3 Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s price tag is rising. Suh, a free agent after this season, is playing like an All-Pro again. He has three sacks, 17 tackles and leads NFL defensive tackles with 15 quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
4 The Buffalo Bills insist they still have confidence in running back C.J. Spiller, but he played only 12 offensive snaps last week. Spiller, a first-round pick in 2010, is struggling as much as he ever has in his career with 16 carries for 27 yards and a lost fumble in the past two games. Spiller has 234 yards in six games, while averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry.
5 Jacoby Jones’ four-year, $12 million contract includes $2 million available through $500,000 annual incentive clauses for receptions. But the Baltimore Ravens receiver has caught only four passes for 50 yards, putting him on pace for 12 catches for 160 yards. He also has four drops.