If you would have told me in August of 2012 that Adrian Peterson would be in MVP discussion come December, I would have chuckled. However, Week 15 is upon us and Peterson has taken the NFL by storm via his historic 2012 season. The 7-6 Minnesota Vikings are currently the 9th seed in the NFC and have a rather difficult last three games, if their record is the reason that Peterson does not get this honor the MVP trophy will be in the wrong hands.
What is an MVP? The best player on the best team? The best player on the worst team? In my mind, it’s neither. It is simply the best player through 16 weeks.
No one can deny the production that Peterson has turned in thus far in 2012. Through 13 games the back has a league-leading 1,600 yards on the ground, 211 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. An average of six yards a carry and 3.1 yards after contact. As mentioned in the video, the Green Bay Packers as a club average 3.3 yards a carry. Peterson is giving new meaning to MVP.
Christian Ponder is one of the worst quarterbacks in the entire league. The sophomore slump hit hard as the QB has 12 interceptions to 14 touchdowns. Not to mention, Ponder’s average of 6.0 yards per passing attempt. Defenses have been stacking the box against the Vikings since week one and with Percy Harvin missing time Peterson has gone above and beyond for his team to have their seven victories.
Peterson has rushed for an average of 127.3 his last three games, if he can do that for the next three games he will finish with 2,072 rush yards for the season. Peterson has his work cut out for him in these next three match ups against St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans and the Packers. All of those teams allowing 110.3 or fewer yards a game this season. A road game against the league’s best Texans run defense will be something to watch in week 16. No matter what happens, Peterson is this year’s NFL MVP.