Peyton, Adrian…or even Tom?
Who should – or will – be this season’s NFL MVP?
Crap, I don’t know, but I’ll share my thoughts with you anyway.
The way I see it, it’s really a two-man race between Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Forget Tom Brady. What makes this showdown perhaps even more enticing, or at the least curious, is both players are also coming off significant injury/health problems.
That also makes the leading MVP candidates also candidates for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Manning has returned to his typical form – leading the Broncos to an 11-3 and within striking distance of the AFC’s No. 1 seed come playoff time. (Right now, the Broncos are the No. 2 seed if the playoffs started today.) Not a bad day’s work considering there were concerns Manning’s career was over. Heck, even actor Rob Lowe “reported” Manning was set to retire.
This just in: Rob Lowe was wrong.
As for Peterson, he tore his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee not even a year ago. Not only did he recover quicker than anticipated, he came back as strong as ever.
How’s this for a comeback? Peterson needs to average 174 yards in the Vikings’ final two games to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 set back in 1984.
Adrian Peterson is the Minnesota Vikings.
Now as for who is more deserving of MVP, I ask this: Could you really go wrong with either player? You can make an equally compelling case for each – for both MVP and Comeback Player of the Year.
How do Denver-area readers feel about the MVP race? It’s predictably Manning by a landslide.
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