The Denver Broncos won another game on Sunday and Peyton Manning may have wrapped up another MVP award with his performance. He threw for a season-high 339 yards and three more touchdowns. It was—and maybe still is—a three-man race, but Manning is the only one who played well on Sunday.
Tom Brady was average at best in a narrow win over the awful Jacksonville Jaguars. The New England Patriots won the game and still have an outside shot at a bye in the playoffs, but when the MVP race is as close as this one, a candidate cannot have off days at this point in the season. All due respect to Brady; Manning has had a better season and now has a better record. The argument for Brady over Manning is their head-to-head meeting in October that Brady won, but that was over two months ago, and the award is for the whole season.
The other contender is Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, who, before Sunday, was on track to break the single-season rushing record. After his performance on Sunday, he is well off of that pace now. Peterson played well and the Vikings won a big road game over the Houston Texans, but they may or may not make the playoffs.
Manning has thrown for over 4,300 yards, and has 34 touchdown passes on a team that is 12-3, and has won 10 straight. This is a team that was 8-8 last season and a lot of “experts” thought a 9-7 record this season would be amazing given their schedule. Manning has turned the Broncos into instant Super Bowl contenders and he’s done it with a new team, new teammates and he did all of it while returning from a serious neck injury.
There are a lot of great players in the NFL and nothing said here should be seen as a shot at any of them, but Peyton Manning is the MVP!
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