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I was just in a spirited debate about who should be the MVP on the NFL. The group I was going against said that it is all but engraved for Peyton Manning. I threw out either Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson as the MVPs. They said in order to win the MVP, it's automatic that your team needs a winning record and a playoff berth. Players on .500 or below teams are automatically out of consideration. I said that was ludicrous and albeit Peyton is coming back from career threatning neck surgery and is having a banner year but AP is coming back from ACL surgery, pretty much avoided contact in the preseason, and is now on the brink of breaking Dickerson's season rushing title. Megatron is on the verge of breaking Rice's receiving yards record with only 2 games to go. I say it's AP, Megatron, and Manning.
Well ya can't be a mary.... so that throws Manning out. I've always said it should go to the guy who's team would be crap without him. So it would be Manning, AP and Brady. Detroit is still sorta crap with Megatron, so I don't think he makes or breaks em.
In all seriousness... I'm amazed that Manning has come back like this. Still don't like him. Or his brother.
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Manning for me. Maybe Peterson if they make the playoffs. I think it should be a player from a good team that competes in the post season.
It's never as simple as it should be, which is the player having the best season that year should win. Regardless of past injuries Manning is having a great year, but AP is having an epic year. Injury or not AP is a level above the rest and should win IMO. Ironically AP might win comeback player even though Manning would win any other year considering his situation.
I would have Matt Ryan up there as well.
My pick? Peyton Manning.
He's holds a very slight edge over Ryan IMO.
Check the history of the award and it is interesting the years where a 'Most Valuable Player' and a 'Player of the Year' were separate awards. I always think of a MVP as a player his team simply could not function without, and this is really not possible to determine league wide. Aaron Rodgers won the award last season but look at the Colts' dismal season without Peyton Manning going from 2010 to 2011. Calvin Johnson is having a fabulous season but how in the world is he the MVP of the league for a team jockeying to be in the draft lottery? Now if they gave out MVP awards by position I could buy it but no way league wide. For the league-wide award it should be the POY and maybe by position or by team could MVP be awarded. Another real problem is it is almost a pro version of the Heisman Trophy as either a RB or QB have won all but 3 of the awards. You mean JJ Watt or Aldon Smith is not worthy of the accolade as each could eclipse the record at his position for sacks breaking Michael Strahan's mark. Peyton was placed on a very good team searching for a real QB and although he has had a wonderful season he should be in the running for CPOY with Peterson. What about what Andrew Luck,Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson have meant to their teams? ROY candidates but why not MVP? The Vikings have no other offensive threat and still they are winning and competing for the playoffs courtesy of my choice for MVP, Adrian Peterson.
This post was edited by 1ongtimer on 12/23/2012 at 10:40 AM
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Too many times the MVP goes to the player with the stats...that doesn't make you valuable. Sometimes the most valuable player is the guy not getting great stats because he's a double covered WR, or a defensive player that gets double team blocked...like a poster said, it should go to the player who's team would be crap without him.
Not to take away from Megatron because he is the best WR in the league. But Stafford has thrown the ball over 700 times I think and that contributes to the yardage. The team still sucks though and in no way should have the MVP.
I would choose Manning.
Second place? Billy Volek.
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Man.....this one is tough. AP is having the best season a RB has ever had, arguably....and the Vikings are poised for a playoff berth.
Then you have Manning...who is having one of the best seasons of his career...off neck surgery. Leading a once thought sub par team to a super bowl contender.
Then you have Matt Ryan...floating under the radar playing for arguably the most balanced team in the NFL ...yet it's quiet.
I am almost okay with splitting the awards. I say it winds up...:
AP comeback player of the year
Matt Ryan SuperBowl MVP
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