Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and LB Von Miller had exceptional seasons by any standard, but the Broncos fell short of their ultimate goal of a Super Bowl and Manning and Miller also fell just short of two of the top NFL seasonal awards.
Manning ended up just missing out on the NFL MVP award by losing to Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, but did beat out Peterson for the NFL’s Comeback Player Of The Year award. Miller, who was ousted by Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt, by a vote of 49 to 1, had a great season and was rightfully considered for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award, but Watt deserved it as well.
Manning posted his second-best season as a pro at the age of 36 by putting up his career second-best completion percentage of 68.6, second-best season in yardage with 4,659, second-best season for touchdowns with 37 and his second-best quarterback rating of 105.8. Peterson put up amazing numbers as well as he rushed for 2,097 yards, 12 touchdowns and maintained a 6.0 yards-per-carry average. He is by far the most valuable on his team and without him the Vikings wouldn’t have made the playoffs.
Miller put up monster numbers in his second season as a pro with 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and one interception that he returned for a touchdown. Miller put up good enough number to win a defensive MVP award, but it just happened that Watt had a slightly better season. Watt ended up with 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 16 passes defended and four forced fumbles from the defensive end position.
It’s a safe bet that Manning and Miller will be considered for these awards again next year.
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