I’m not sure how one could possibly give the Most Valuable Player award to Peyton Manning. His efforts this season have been remarkable, having missed an entire year of football and coming right back, to a completely different team with a coaching staff foreign to him, only to play like he practically never lost a step.
But that doesn’t fit the mold of ‘most valuable player’. More like ‘Comeback Player of the Year’. That’s what Peyton is.
The real most valuable player of the NFL this season comes out of Minnesota. Adrian Peterson. The man tore his ACL last year and he ran around, carrying a football as if he never tore his said ACL in the first place. How? Hard work, determination and perseverance, I would surmise. He was only 8-9 yards away from shattering Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing yards record, and guess what, folks? He’s the reason why the Minnesota Vikings are in the playoffs.
Without Peyton Manning, the Broncos likely would have gone 6-10, maybe 7-9. Hell, perhaps even 8-8. Without Adrian Peterson, the Vikings would have likely gone 2-14 or 3-13.
“That’s a pointless hypothetical, Troy! You are an idiot! Shut up! Get outta here with that crap!!!! How do you know how they would have done?!!!!!??” How do you know that your area of the country is going to receive rain tomorrow? Forecasts and predictions. This is a ‘hindsight hero’ gesture above. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the Vikings’ success this season. And if we are being absolutely frank, the Broncos only defeated three teams that were over .500 during their win streak. All in all, I reckon Denver’s a squad full of frauds until we see that same team go toe-to-toe with the class of the AFC a la New England Patriots.
NOTE: Christian Ponder is as consistent as the fragrance “The Dreamer” by Versace. In other words, not consistent at all. Scatterbrained. All over the place, going in more directions than one’s mind can conceive. For every good game, Ponder knows how to deliver a stinker.
“But Troy, you are disrespectful to C-Pond and the rest of the Vikings team to only acknowledge A.P. as the sole reason for their playoff appearance!” Ah, no, not really. The offensive line did a pretty OK job at blocking for Adrian.
The Vikings? Yeah, they’ll probably lose to the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau tonight. They beat them last week, but the playoffs are a whole other atmosphere. When you have 11 football players and an entire coaching staff gameplanning to tackle you in the backfield or for short yardage as the aforementioned gameplan is taking precedence over whatever the hell your quarterback is doing in a league, today, that’s most definitely and unequivocally a passing league, you know — hearts to hearts — that you are dominant and the best at what you do.