It’s ALWAYS been hard picking a winner for the NFL MVP award and it doesn’t get any easier in 2012. The debates on this subject can go for weeks, before and after the winner has been chosen.
This year I think the three top nominees are Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. I will give you the reasons on how I made my pick for this award.
First, I think the main components of winning this award consist of team standings and personal accomplishments in the stats. Now let me give you my thoughts.
Tom Brady is just being Tom Brady. He has a 100.1 QBR as of Week 15, threw 30TDs and 6 INTs. He has the Patriots back in Super Bowl contention. New England is 10-4 and Brady showed his skills in full effect on Monday Night Football when he threw for 296 yards and 4 TDs in a 42-14 win against the Houston Texans in Gillette Stadium. The reason why he might not win the award because we expect this type of play from “Tom Terrific”. He has the same team and coaching staff that was in the Super Bowl last year (yeah, I know Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have been with injuries, but they haven’t been out at the same time throughout the season); with the addition of an unexpected high-ranking rushing attack, I don’t think you can give the award to Brady.
is incredible; he shredded his ACL and MCL last Christmas Eve and like everybody, I thought we wouldn’t see him run in the 2012 season let alone thinking he would be anything like the his nickname… “All Day”; he proved everybody wrong by being even better than ever by accumulating 1,812 rushing yards and 11 TDs after Week 15 and on pace to become the 7th player to rush for 2,000 in a season. Those numbers already make Adrian Peterson a lock for the Comeback Player of the Year. He needs 294 yards to break the NFL single season rushing record of 2105 set in 1984 by the Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. Peterson has put the team on his back, but the Vikings are 8-6 and fighting to get a playoff spot in the NFC, and that right there doesn’t make him the MVP of the league. Maybe if they do make the playoffs and go deep into the postseason, then I may pick him…but right now he’s the runner-up.
My pick for the MVP of the NFL is Peyton Manning. Manning has taken a year off because of his 4 neck surgeries (that we know of), has changed teams (was released by the Colts and signed with the Broncos) and took a team that finished 8-8 last year and made them one of the top teams in the league and a favorite to go to the Super Bowl. Peyton has 4016 passing yards, 31 TDs to 10 INTs and a QBR of 103.5. The Broncos started off slow, but as soon as everybody was on the same page as Manning the Broncos were able to produce a 9-game win streak. So because of the stats he produces and where the Broncos are in the standings, this is why Peyton Manning is my pick to win the MVP of the NFL.
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer