Manning took a team that went 8-8 last season with Tim Tebow under center and turned it into the team to beat in the NFL with a 13-3 record. The Broncos are winners of 11 straight and will be the favorite to make it to the Super Bowl in the AFC. Manning did all this at the age of 36 and in one season, after sitting out all 16 games the season before while undergoing four neck surgeries. Some said he would never play again and if he did he would be too big of a risk to pay his expected high salary.
It’s safe to say Manning proved them wrong as he threw for 4,659 yards (sixth-best in the league , 37 touchdowns (third-best in the NFL), completed 68.6% of passes (best in the league) and recorded a passer rating of 105.8 (second-best in the NFL). Manning also had a four-game span in which he threw for over 300 yards and at least three touchdowns in each contest, a feat that had only been done once before in the history of the NFL. He had six games all season with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Peterson also put up a season to remember by becoming the seventh RB in history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season and fell just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105 yards, set in 1984. Peterson averaged six yards per carry and rushed for 12 touchdowns as he led the Vikings to a 10-6 record and their first playoff berth in three seasons.
If Peterson would have broken Dickerson’s record then, it would have been impossible to overlook him as the NFL MVP, but he didn’t, so his season was just an amazing season like Manning’s.
The Broncos’ signal-caller deserves the award because he not only leads his team and touches the ball on every play, but he also directs his offense as if he were a coach on the field. Manning is simply the most valuable player in the league. There are many others that are very valuable to their respective teams and deserve consideration, but Manning should be the choice for the NFL MVP this year.
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