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Peyton Manning captures fifth MVP after record-breaking season, was one vote short of unanimous selection

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning started the 2013 season with a bang, throwing a record-tying seven touchdown passes in the NFL’s first game of the year. And he never slowed down. Manning received his fifth MVP award from the Associated Press after a season in which he threw for a league-record 5,477 passing yards and 55 passing touchdowns while leading Denver to the no. 1 seed in the AFC.

Manning received 49 of the 50 votes, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earning one vote. The Denver Post reported that Sirius XM’s Jim Miller — who, as far as my records go, is in his first year of voting — selected Brady. Brady remains the only player to be unanimously named the MVP, in 2010. Brady received 49 votes in 2007 (one vote for Brett Favre) and Manning received 49 votes in 2007 (one vote for Michael Vick).


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Oddsmakers Give Peyton Manning the Preseason Edge for 2013 MVP


Peyton Manning edged Aaron Rodgers as the favorite for the 2013 NFL MVP award, according to Sportsbook Bovada’s recently released odds. Quarterbacks predictably take nine of the top 10 spots, only making room for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who took home the 2012 award after rushing for more than 2,000 yards.

For my money, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (15/1), Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (33/1) and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (66/1) have the most intriguing odds.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning: 5/1
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: 13/2
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: 10/1
Saints quarterback Drew Brees: 10/1
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson: 12/1
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: 12/1
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan: 15/1
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III: 18/1
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson: 18/1
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck: 25/1
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson: 25/1
Giants quarterback Eli Manning: 25/1
Texans running back Arian Foster: 33/1
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: 33/1
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: 33/1
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford: 33/1
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick: 33/1
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo: 33/1
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub: 40/1
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: 40/1
Titans running back Chris Johnson: 50/1
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco: 50/1
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch: 50/1
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers: 50/1
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: 66/1
Ravens running back Ray Rice: 66/1
Redskins running back Alfred Morris: 66/1
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles: 66/1
Bears running back Matt Forte: 66/1
Falcons running back Steven Jackson: 66/1
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin: 66/1
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton: 75/1
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith: 75/1
Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman: 75/1
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford: 75/1
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson: 100/1
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall: 100/1
Lions running back Reggie Bush: 150/1

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wins 2012 NFL MVP after historic year

Adrian Peterson broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark and became the first non-quarterback to win the MVP since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.

[Editor’s note: Adrian Peterson received 30.5 votes to win the 2012 NFL MVP. Peyton Manning received the other 19.5 votes.]

The 2012 NFL MVP is revealed tonight at an award ceremony, and after compiling public statements by the 50 Associated Press voters, I’m comfortable calling the race. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will beat Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to take home his first MVP award.

With half of the votes recorded, Peterson (18.5 votes) holds a strong advantage over Manning (6.5 votes), who will fall short of his fifth MVP. Peterson only needs seven of the remaining 25 votes to clinch the award.

Peterson became the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards, falling nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s NFL record one season after a significant knee injury. Peterson carried the 10-6 Vikings to the playoffs, finishing with 2,097 yards on 348 attempts (6.0 avg.) for 12 touchdowns along with 40 receptions for 217 yards and one touchdown.

Manning threw for 4,659 yards with 37 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a league-best 68.6 percent completion percentage for the second-highest QB rating (105.8) in his career. After not playing in 2011 because of a neck injury, Manning led the Broncos to a 13-3 record in his first season with the team.

There’s an outside chance another player — like Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson or Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — could receive a rogue vote.

Adrian Peterson (30.5 votes)

Clark Judge — “Without him, the Vikings don’t just make the playoffs; they don’t make it to .500.”

Peter King — “The Vikings without Peterson would have been toast by Thanksgiving, Halloween maybe.”

Don Banks — “The season Peterson just turned in was singular, special and as valuable as they come.”

Charean Williams — “The Vikings went 5-2 in their last seven games to earn a playoff berth. In that seven-game stretch, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder passed for 1,129 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Peterson ran for 1,140 yards with seven total touchdowns.”

Ashley Fox — “It might be the single greatest season-long individual performance in NFL history. On a reconstructed knee with every defense knowing he is going to carry the ball because quarterback Christian Ponder is not much of a threat and Percy Harvin has been out since midseason, Peterson has put up monster numbers.”

Paul Domowitch — “He’s managed to run away with the league rushing title and challenge Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record and keep the Vikings in the playoff hunt not only with a surgically repaired left knee, but a one-dimensional offense that has Christian Ponder at quarterback.”

Mark Gaughan — “Peterson finished with the second most rushing yards and the eighth most scrimmage yards in NFL history. That was despite rehabilitating from major knee surgery all offseason. And despite the fact Minnesota’s passing game was 31st in the NFL. And despite the fact his offensive line is decent but far from great.”

Ira Kaufman — “With opposing defenses loading the box and daring mediocre QB Christian Ponder to make them pay, Peterson came within nine yards of toppling Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson as the league’s single-season rushing champion. By the time Peterson stopped dodging tacklers, Minnesota had secured 10 wins and the NFC’s final playoff slot.”

Tom Curran – “You have to have an incredible season to unseat a quarterback … I think Adrian Peterson has had a historic one, and he needs to be recognized for that.”

Alex Marvez — “If the Vikings reach the playoffs, Peterson will likely get my vote.”

Rich Gannon — “I looked at the fact the Vikings aren’t very good in the passing game and they didn’t have Percy Harvin (down the stretch). I looked at how he was able to shoulder the load and carry that football team. I don’t think many people thought they’d make the playoffs.”

Adam Schein — “Adam and Rich actually have MVP votes, unlike the rest of our esteemed panel, and they are going with Adrian “All Day” Peterson.”

Paul Gutierrez — “What separated Peterson, though, was just how valuable he was to the Vikings. He WAS the Vikings. Consider, Minnesota had the 31st-ranked passing attack in the NFL under Christian Ponder, so opponents absolutely knew the Vikings were going to run the ball and could flood the box.”

Cris Collinsworth

Peyton Manning (19.5 votes)

Pete Prisco — “Coming back from an injury that could have ended his career to do what he did is amazing.”

Hub Arkush — “He has taken the Broncos from afterthought to legitimate Super Bowl contender, and as great as Peterson has been — in fact, he has had the better individual season — the Vikings just aren’t a Super Bowl threat.”

Boomer Esiason — “Peyton Manning, there’s no question in my eyes.”

John Lynch — “I felt the day Peyton walked in the building the secretaries were better because Peyton Manning was there.”

Pat Kirwan


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SportsNation casts vote for Peterson


ESPN asked. America answered.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson received a majority of the fans’ NFL MVP vote (51 percent), beating Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (33 percent) and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (10 percent) by a wide margin.

It’s always revealing to see fan biases by state. Peterson won most states across the country while Brady predictably swept New England. Manning understandably won Colorado, Wyoming and Utah but also Indiana (where he led the Colts) and Tennessee (where he led the Volunteers).

“Someone else” received 6 percent of the vote, with certain states polling higher.

  • Wisconsin, 17 percent: Presumably for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
  • Georgia, 16 percent: Presumably for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan
  • Washington, 11 percent: Presumably for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
  • Texas, 10 percent: Presumably for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

And in unrelated news, MVP voter Peter King has narrowed his ballot.

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Voters have plenty of MVP options

With the season officially three-quarters over, it’s time to start looking at the NFL MVP race. And it’s actually a race this year, a welcome change after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (deservedly) coasted to victory in 2011.

Three of the 50 Associated Press voters recently tweeted some MVP thoughts.

Six names. No overlap. We’re in for a good finish.

I plan to go into more detail on the MVP candidates in upcoming weeks. But if I had to rank just those six names in my order of preference, it would be Watt, Manning, Rodgers, Peterson, Johnson, Luck.

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Clamor begins for Rodgers repeat

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming favorite to win the MVP.

Dozens of analysts from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! and NFL.com made their annual preseason predictions, including for MVP.  Defending MVP Aaron Rodgers received 20 votes. Everybody else received 24 votes combined.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (20)
Michael Silver, Yahoo!
Andrew Brandt, ESPN
Jeffri Chadiha, ESPN
Dan Graziano, ESPN
KC Joyner, ESPN
Mike Sando, ESPN
Adam Schefter, ESPN
Kevin Seifert, ESPN
Bill Williamson, ESPN
Matt Williamson, ESPN
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated
Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
Tom Mantzouranis, Sports Illustrated
Adam Schein, NFL.com
Steve Wyche, NFL.com
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
Michael Lombardi, NFL.com
Adam Rank, NFL.com
Jeff Darlington, NFL.com
Dave Dameshek, NFL.com

Saints QB Drew Brees (8)
Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN
Kerry J. Byrne, Sports Illustrated
Andrew Perloff, Sports Illustrated
Jeff Diamond, Sports Illustrated
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, NFL.com
Marc Sessler, NFL.com

Patriots QB Tom Brady (6)
John Clayton, ESPN
Ashley Fox, ESPN
Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Texans RB Arian Foster (3)
James Walker, ESPN
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Eddie George, Yahoo!

Giants QB Eli Manning (2)
Paul Kuharsky, ESPN
Dennis Dillon, Sports Illustrated

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (1)
Bill Barnwell, ESPN

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (1)
Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Eagles QB Michael Vick (1)
Ian Rapoport, NFL.com

Bears QB Jay Cutler (1)
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (1)
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com

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NFL Magazine picks Peyton, 0-12 Colts

Associated Press writer Jim Litke re-examines the argument that Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning is the NFL MVP despite not playing a down after NFL Magazine raised the issue. The Colts are 0-12 this season with the league’s only four-time MVP sidelined after neck surgery, and there’s no rule that prevents voters from selecting someone who hasn’t played.

All of those absences have no doubt hobbled Indy’s performance, but none compares to the loss of Manning — on both sides of the ball. Over the previous dozen seasons, with Manning calling the shots on offense, the Colts ranked first in points, passing yards and total yards per game; this year, in those same categories, they rank 29th, 29th and tied for 26th, respectively. The defense, meanwhile, ranks dead last in points allowed and has been forced to spend more time on the field than any other unit. Opponents know the changes in those stats are no coincidence.

“Those people that were arguing that he should be the MVP probably have a good argument,” Chargers coach Norv Turner said. “When he’s in there, they’re so good on offense and obviously when you get the lead, their defense is built for speed and pass rush. When they have the lead, that defense is real hard to deal with.”

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