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Peyton Manning closing in on his fifth MVP

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After another huge game on Sunday, Peyton Manning his closing in on the fifth Most Valuable Player award of his career.

Manning is already the only player in NFL history to win the Associated Press MVP award four times, and on Sunday he had one of his best games of a great season, completing 39 of 59 passes for 397 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Manning is now at 45 touchdown passes on the season, meaning he’ll likely break Tom Brady’s record of 50. Breaking that record would generate a new round of attention for the great season Manning has had, and would likely tip most MVP voters in Manning’s favor.

Perhaps equally important for Manning’s MVP candidacy is that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the player who was beginning to generate some solid MVP buzz as an alternative to Manning, had a mediocre game in Seattle’s loss to San Francisco. There aren’t a lot of other alternatives to Manning.

It’s still possible that Manning could fold down the stretch and the Broncos could lose the division race to the Chiefs. If that happens, someone like Wilson or Eagles running back LeSean McCoy might still be able to win the award.

But right now, Manning looks like he’s going to be named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Again.

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  1. h3min1230 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:11 PM

    MVP!!!

    ….of the dink and dunk offense.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 9, 2013 1:11 PM

    Top 5 QBs in the NFL:
    1. Peyton Manning
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Drew Brees
    4. Tom Brady
    5. Russell Wilson

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 9, 2013 1:11 PM

    Peyton Manning & Brett Favre are the greatest QBs of all time

  4. 2dollarpbrs says: Dec 9, 2013 1:13 PM

    5 MVPs & only 1 Super Bowl

  5. thekiller678 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:14 PM

    I’m sorry, I have nothing but respect for Brady who is for sure an all time great. But when that Patriots defense was healthy THEY CARRIED the team the first 6-7 games of the year.

    In My opinion Manning and Brees are the leading candidates, but Manning obviously is way out in front.

    In fact, maybe it’s just me, but the thought of anyone other than Manning being MVP at this point is laughable

  6. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:15 PM

    MVP should be Navarro Bowman. best lb in the nfl and game changer

  7. usmutts says: Dec 9, 2013 1:16 PM

    Better go ahead and hand him the MPV trophy before he throws a fourth quarter interception to knock the Broncos out of the playoffs.

  8. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 9, 2013 1:17 PM

    9-11 in the postseason. Sorry, truth hurts.

  9. weepingjebus says: Dec 9, 2013 1:18 PM

    Foles.

    –lifelong Eagles heckler

  10. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 9, 2013 1:23 PM

    Much like Manning had done in the past, Aaron Rogers is making his bid by not playing at all.

    I know he won’t win the MVP officially, but he’s already won it in my mind. The Packer record without him in the lineup substantiates this belief.

    The very definition of the award is what do you mean to your team… Obviously the answer here is EVERYTHING!!!

  11. jobotjones says: Dec 9, 2013 1:23 PM

    Antonio Brown = Most Improved Player hand down.

  12. dscags says: Dec 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    TOM BRADY THE REAL MVP.. LOOK AT THE RECORD AND LOOK AT THE PLAYERS/INJURIES HE HAS DEALT WITH!

    MANNING WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THAT!

    SPEAKING THE TRUTH

  13. Trannesota Biqueens says: Dec 9, 2013 1:25 PM

    #alliwantforxmasistoplayforthepackers

  14. thegronk87 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:25 PM

    The good news for the rest of us is that the MVP never wins the Super Bowl in the same year.

  15. blue18hutthutt says: Dec 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    dscags says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:24 PM
    TOM BRADY THE REAL MVP.. LOOK AT THE RECORD AND LOOK AT THE PLAYERS/INJURIES HE HAS DEALT WITH!

    MANNING WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THAT!

    SPEAKING THE TRUTH

    ———————————–

    Manning already did that in 2010

  16. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 9, 2013 1:27 PM

    Manning will win. How much of a passing league is it?

    Of the top 10 QB’s in attemtps, none of them have less than 3238 total yards (Flacco) so far with 3 games to go.

    Manning has 4522 yds so far. He’s averaging 41 attempts per game.

    There was a time when passing for 350 in a game was special. Not any more.

    This is what the NFL wants.

  17. thepftpoet says: Dec 9, 2013 1:27 PM

    The waterboy should be the MVP of the Seahawks.

    He’s the one who supplies the teams PEDs

  18. kwgator says: Dec 9, 2013 1:28 PM

    Too bad the Super Bowl isn’t played between September to December!

  19. aikmanschinstrap says: Dec 9, 2013 1:29 PM

    Manning is the MVP. The award is based upon performance of the current regular season. Not past playoff performance or how they did with/without a certain player. I’d love for Aaron Rodgers to get his 2nd MVP, but it’s not happening.

  20. MCxShow says: Dec 9, 2013 1:31 PM

    And, come January, Manning will be bounced out of the playoffs in the first round. Again.

  21. rp31801 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:33 PM

    If its truly the Most Valuable Player…its got to be Brady…ask Manning and Brees what they thought during their head-to-head games this year. With a different cast on offense every week, he is the one constant and he keeps winning.

  22. doubleogator says: Dec 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    How does Drew Brees not even get a mention in this article?

  23. salutethis says: Dec 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    @ thegronk Terrell Davis won the league MVP and the superboel the last time Denver won a Superbowl. I guess history repeats itself….

  24. tmb333 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:38 PM

    2dollarpbrs says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:13 PM
    5 MVPs & only 1 Super Bowl

    ————

    I realize this is hard to understand for some but MVP is an individual award, the Super Bowl is a team accomplishment. One cannot win or lose a Super Bowl on their own.

  25. ranger764 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:38 PM

    9-11 in the postseason. Sorry, truth hurts.
    ————————————————————–

    And that has WHAT to do with this year?

  26. flavordave says: Dec 9, 2013 1:40 PM

    Its clearly any number of Eagles players. MVP will b an Eagle.

  27. riverhorsey says: Dec 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    For all the idiots who thought Manning was washed up this MVP is for you.

  28. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    thekiller678, here’s something to consider. In 2008 when Peyton was his 3rd MVP he won 3 games scoring 18 points or less and 5 games scoring 23 points or less. His offense was ranked 13th in scoring while his defense was ranked 7th. The voters gave him the nod despite his lack of production on offense and defense carrying the team because of his league leading 6 game winning drives and 4 4th quarter comebacks. Brady this year has won just ONE game scoring 18 or less and 3 games scoring 23 or less. His offense is ranked 5th in scoring while his defense is ranked 10th. His defense carried him less often than Peyton’s did in 2008. He also has a league leading 5 game winning drives and 5 4th quarter comebacks. Their TD and INT stats will end up almost exactly the same with Brady edging him out in yardage for those two comparing years. Brady should be in the discussion and if it wasn’t for Peyton’s record breaking year he might just win.

  29. winstonjed44 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:48 PM

    Peyton Manning is the clear favorite, he is having one of the best seasons as a QB in NFL history. Russell Wilson has done has been impressive, but his supporting cast is the best in football. What Tom Brady has done has been impressive as well, but he really struggled the first half of the season albeit with new unproven weapons. The award is not who has done more with less, but it is customarily given to the player who has the finest season.

  30. sbchampsagain says: Dec 9, 2013 1:48 PM

    For as many awesome regular season teams as Peyton has been on, you would think he would have more than 1 Championship ring.

    It is what it is, he just always seems to choke in the playoffs, or when everyone is watching him (in Indy this year?).

  31. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:50 PM

    Mos valuable stat-padder

  32. canedaddy says: Dec 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    Wilson would get my vote. Unlike Manning he gets it done without an elite receiving corps and he doesn’t pad his stats… he’s a true team player. Ask yourself, if those two teams face off in the Super Bowl, which QB would you have more confidence in? Case closed.

  33. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    Really?

    Answer honestly pleae. Who’d you rather have for a game with something on the line?
    Brady or Manning?

    …I thought so

  34. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    please…

  35. bspurloc says: Dec 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    ELI > PEYTON
    2 rings wins every time bra

  36. joetoronto says: Dec 9, 2013 1:55 PM

    Like somebody said, the MVP is based on the regular season, and that’s where Peyton Manning excels.

    Even just mentioning Russell Wilson is a joke, Lynch is the guy who carries that team, Drew Brees is at least 10 times the QB that Russell Wilson is.

  37. NFL FAN 18 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    MVP is given for regular season play. When AP won last year, what was his record in playoffs? So don’t bring up the playoff record in MVP question.
    If Aaron Rodgers should be MVP this year, then Peyton should have won the year he didn’t play due to neck surgeries. It doesn’t work that way. If AP didn’t put up record numbers last year, Peyton would have won it last year too.
    Brady fans, why do you feel compeled to bring the playoff record in to all Peyton artilcles?
    Eli Manning is 2-0 against Brady in SBs. So Eli is better QB than Brady according your own logic? It works both ways! (lol)

  38. mancave001 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:58 PM

    I’d give it to Manning first. If not him, LeSean McCoy, then Tom Brady. Brady didn’t play great early in the year, and Shady is just went BEAST MODE against the supposed best run defense in the league….in the snow.

    I’ll throw another one out there that may surprise people: Nick Foles. Don’t thumbs down yet…look at his stats. They are bonkers. All he does is win, win, win. :)

  39. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 9, 2013 2:02 PM

    There’s Manning and then there’s everyone else.

  40. kingpel says: Dec 9, 2013 2:06 PM

    Russell Wilson is playing well but Seattle’s success is defense/Beast Mode driven. He is the perfect QB for them, but hardly the most valuable player in the league. He may not even be the most valuable player on his team. .

    This award is Peyton’s again. If he goes down the Broncos go back to a bunch of clowns scrapping for a wildcard spot every other year based on their schedule.

  41. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 9, 2013 2:09 PM

    Russell Wilson himself thinks it should be Marshawn Lynch. But as a huge Seahawks fan, I’d give the MVP award this year to Manning.

  42. soopreme says: Dec 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    When you are assessing the Patriots. The greatness of the team lies with Belichick. As much as I don’t like the Patriots, there is no better coach in terms of adjustments, management and situational football. To much credit to Brady, although he is good, Belichick is he MVP of that team!!!

  43. dwarftosser says: Dec 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Rodgers was a distant second to Peyton for this award when he got injured, and there isn’t a player anywhere in his vicinity now.

    It was amazing what Rodgers was doing with missing so many key players on offense, but he’s missed too much time now to be considered. Wilson has been clutch all year, but he hasn’t had the game-taking over performances that you need to win the MVP. Tom Brady is in the discussion, but he’s been very up and down this year and he’s a solid 4th in my opinion.

    Granted Manning is stacked at WR and TE, but his play has been amazing. He’s going to crush the TD record and there really isn’t anyone close to him in the MVP race this year. Congrats Peyton.

  44. rhamrhoddy says: Dec 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    dscags says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    TOM BRADY THE REAL MVP.. LOOK AT THE RECORD AND LOOK AT THE PLAYERS/INJURIES….
    ________________

    The defense did carry New England in the first half of the year for sure.
    Brady also was stripped of any and all weapons for that period of time as well.

    Regardless, Manning absolutely has to be the MVP this year. And five MVPs is ridiculous. The guy is still a stud.

  45. vcupats says: Dec 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    The good news for Peyton/Bronco fans is that Peyton has recorded over half of his playoff victories in MVP seasons. The bad news is that he hasn’t won the Super Bowl in those seasons.

  46. jbeagles23 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    He is a stat padder and watching him fold in January makes me happy because of it. I believe a number of qbs could break those records with that wr corps where I don’t beleive manning would have a team like the patriots in the position Brady does. Most valuable does not mean best stats

  47. scmems07 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:19 PM

    “Wilson would get my vote. Unlike Manning he gets it done without an elite receiving corps and he doesn’t pad his stats… he’s a true team player. Ask yourself, if those two teams face off in the Super Bowl, which QB would you have more confidence in? Case closed”

    wow, i really think you believe that.

    not even close, there have been at least 3 games this year that would have been lost if not for the defense because of wilson’s mediocre play in the game, and he did not look like an mvp yesterday when the niners shut him down. wilson is a good qb, but he has the luxery of one of the best run games and defenses in the league. he is not on mannings level. if i was in the playoffs, i would like to have manning at qb and seattle’s defense.

    cased closed.

  48. paulz624 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:24 PM

    He can win 10 MVPs, if he doesn’t get his playoff record (8-11) above 500 and win at least another SB, he will never be considered more then the greatest REGULAR season QB of all time.

  49. zerole00 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Honestly, what’s with the Manning hate? He has NEVER been a part of any controversy, never trash talked other players, never complained about any calls, etc. He’s one of the few players in the league that’s a Public Relations dream.

    If you’re sore because he stomps your team or you wish he was your QB I can understand, but this constant BS about him only being good in the regular season is getting old. Are you honestly saying you wouldn’t want him to be YOUR team’s QB?

  50. rp31801 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    If Manning (or Brees for that matter) and Brady switched teams (offense supporting casts), who would win? That’s right…Brady…end of discussion as to who is more “valuable”.

  51. rp31801 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    Gee, I forgot…Brady already beat those guys with his team!

  52. broncosnative says: Dec 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    dscags says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:24 PM
    TOM BRADY THE REAL MVP.. LOOK AT THE RECORD AND LOOK AT THE PLAYERS/INJURIES HE HAS DEALT WITH!

    MANNING WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THAT!

    SPEAKING THE TRUTH
    ________________________________________________
    Not the whole truth, apparently you’re not keeping up with the broncos this year. Peyton manning is working with a defense that allows 20+ points a game and dead last in passing yards allowed, 3 of his starting olineman are on IR including clady who is the best. LT in the league. RBs are just now finding their mojo, Von miller missed 6 games, champ bailey can’t heal fast enough and special teams suck. The only thing that manning has better than Brady is receivers and blame the pats for Brady’s lack of weapons. You saw first handed what happened to the broncos defense vs the pats when DRC was out for the game, both teams have their fare share of injuries. Deep down I know that Brady is a GOAT, I only bash him when pats fans bash manning but I know he’s an elite QB and I would welcome him on the broncos any day. The fact is, manning and Brady are the only QBs that can make any team look good when they’re bad. Drew Brees proved last year that he can’t, not sure yet on Rodgers and Matt Ryan is a disappointment this year.

  53. onlysane1intheroom says: Dec 9, 2013 2:37 PM

    salutethis says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    @ thegronk Terrell Davis won the league MVP and the superboel the last time Denver won a Superbowl. I guess history repeats itself….
    __________________

    That’s right. Because Denver won the Super Bowl in December.

  54. dwarftosser says: Dec 9, 2013 2:39 PM

    rp31801 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 2:29 PM
    If Manning (or Brees for that matter) and Brady switched teams (offense supporting casts), who would win? That’s right…Brady…end of discussion as to who is more “valuable”.
    —————————————————-

    Brady’s year with elite WRs and TEs:
    398/578 4806 yds 50 TDs 117.2 rating

    Manning this year:
    366/539 4522 yds 45 TDs 114.5 rating – with 3 games to go.

    Summary: This QBs are both amazing, but Peyton is doing it this year.

  55. RE LEE says: Dec 9, 2013 2:41 PM

    If the MVP is based on stats this year then Peyton has it. Give him his due.—- never mind Brady. Brady earns respect from his peers with his worst stats in years. Much rather have that than the glorious Associated Press award.

  56. npr772013 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    He should’ve won last year. If it weren’t for their the Ravens torching up their defense, the Broncos should have won it all last year, there is just so much that one man can do; he can’t quarterback and play defense at the same time…yesterday, 12/08/2013, his receivers dropped about 7 balls, of which 2 or 3 could’ve been touchdowns…he could’ve had 6 touchdowns yesterday, the man deserves the MVP. Now Superbowl MVP is yet to be decided.

  57. briscocountyjr says: Dec 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    NFL FAN 18 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    “MVP is given for regular season play. When AP won last year, what was his record in playoffs? So don’t bring up the playoff record in MVP question.
    If Aaron Rodgers should be MVP this year, then Peyton should have won the year he didn’t play due to neck surgeries. It doesn’t work that way. If AP didn’t put up record numbers last year, Peyton would have won it last year too.
    Brady fans, why do you feel compeled to bring the playoff record in to all Peyton artilcles?
    Eli Manning is 2-0 against Brady in SBs. So Eli is better QB than Brady according your own logic? It works both ways! (lol)”
    _______________________________
    Couldn’t have said it any better.

  58. bobman2 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    Manning probably should have won the award in 2005 and 2012 too, but I think voters were jaded and just looking for a better narrative. (If not Manning in 2005, it should have gone to Sean Alexander’s blockers like Jones and Hutchinson.)

    What the league should have done a few years ago is name the damn award after him, and then not give him any more. It’s an unparalleled honor to have the freakin’ MVP award named after you, but that also opens up the voting to other worthy candidates. He gets perpetual recognition, and other guys catch a break. I think he’d be cool with that.

  59. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    Peyton Manning closing in on his fifth MVP. . .

    . . . And his 12th playoff loss.

  60. dstroi says: Dec 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    With the offense that Peyton Manning has to work with, anything less of an MVP would be insufficient correct? What quarterback wouldn’t want players to work with like Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme, and Knowshon Moreno? This team’s offense is more stacked than an IHOP’s all you can eat pancake platter. Do I think Peyton Manning is a great quarterback? Classy individual? Yes I do, but I think LeSean McCoy should get it this year. What McCoy and Foles are doing for the Eagles this year is commendable. What Peyton is doing for the Broncos is to be expected. Only my opinion.

  61. IamtheBucsFan says: Dec 9, 2013 3:40 PM

    I’m not a big Peyton guy but you have to give him the respect he deserves. He finally proved the cold weather thing and he was business. It’s fun to watch a professional QB reading the D and adjusting. So far, he’s the MVP.

  62. patsfan1820 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:41 PM

    Meh let him have the MVP.

  63. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 9, 2013 3:45 PM

    dstroi says:
    Dec 9, 2013 3:15 PM
    With the offense that Peyton Manning has to work with, anything less of an MVP would be insufficient correct? What quarterback wouldn’t want players to work with like Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme, and Knowshon Moreno? This team’s offense is more stacked than an IHOP’s all you can eat pancake platter. Do I think Peyton Manning is a great quarterback? Classy individual? Yes I do, but I think LeSean McCoy should get it this year. What McCoy and Foles are doing for the Eagles this year is commendable
    ………………………….
    Manning makes his players around him better. It’s not fair to say he’s stacked and should be great with this lineup for several reasons.

    Knowshon was a bust before Peyton’s arrival, no one would know Jacob Tamme’s name if Peyton wasnt his QB, and who knows if Julius Thomas would be as dominant. Look at how good everyone though Dallas Clark and Marcus Pollard were when Peyton was in Indy. It’s become obvious Peyton had a large hand in his success.

    Decker and Thomas were good before him, but again, Manning is a huge part of how good they are now.

    He is the clear-cut MVP.

  64. riptidal says: Dec 9, 2013 3:45 PM

    Eric Decker without Manning – average WR at best (he drops a lot of balls)
    Knowshon Moreno pre Manning – possibly done in the NFL? career bench fodder?
    Julius Thomas Pre Manning – Who?
    Jacob Tamme without Manning – Who? this guy makes a paycheck because of Manning.
    Welker, ok sure, he is good but then again, big games, big plays I am seeing some big time drops and fails from this guy. possibly why NEP let him go?
    Demaryius Thomas… ok, you got me there, he is really damn good.
    What does an MVP player do? he lifts the players around him to his level.
    A 50+ TD season is never ‘expected’ and if it is… that says a lot about that player doesn’t it.

    It has been a joy for me to be able to witness Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and Manning all playing in the NFL at the same time. I am blessed.

  65. sb44champs says: Dec 9, 2013 3:53 PM

    Peyton Manning closing in on his fifth MVP
    ===========================
    It’s a travesty that Manning even has 4 MVPs… His last MVP was highjacked from Drew Brees whom had more TDs and less INTs in ’09 than the ‘great’ Payton Manning…. But Drew got the last laugh: SB44 MVP (Thats why Manning wouldn’t shake Brees’ hand…lol)

  66. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:57 PM

    Play Osweiler instead of Manning at the beginning of the year and the Broncos likely have at least 7 wins.

    Put Mallett in for Brady at the beginning of the year and the Pats are probably trying to figure out what number to give Clowney next year.

    Just sayin’.

    If MVP is best player in the league then it’s Manning for sure. Numbers don’t lie. But if MVP is really for who is is “most valuable”… well… the choice is not so clear cut…

  67. sb44champs says: Dec 9, 2013 3:59 PM

    Peyton Manning has just as many playoff wins as Donavan Mcnabb but way more playoff losses lol

  68. sb44champs says: Dec 9, 2013 4:09 PM

    doubleogator says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:37 PM
    How does Drew Brees not even get a mention in this article?
    ============================
    Cause he’s too short lol… You didn’t know that yet?? Drew always gets passed up because the voters all have short-man syndrome and can’t have one of their own win MVP as it makes them feel inferior..

  69. jasonculhane says: Dec 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    @dodgerlakerfan1969

    and all you other Peyton haters…

    Why don’t you guys quit with the over reaching stats Brady vs Manning…Just come out and just say you hate Manning. For crying out loud even you guys can’t conceive he deserves his MVP’s he gets during the regular season, a season where some of you admit he’s the greatest.

    Be honest, you hate Manning. And its because when its all said and done 5 MVP’s is far and away a dominating stat considering the two quarterbacks together.

    Lets quit with the cold, below 20 degrees B.S too. Just stick to your “Brady’s won more Superbowls” because that’s probably your case. But Manning will have all the passing records, more MVP’s, everything individual he’ll have over Brady..

  70. thegronk87 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:17 PM

    Peyton also has a much easier schedule than Brady had in 07′.

  71. fatsolio says: Dec 9, 2013 4:18 PM

    Why are people gushing about his game yesterday? It was decent yet not great as he threw the ball 59 times. Not hard to pass for close to 400 yards when you have 59 attempts. To go with the numbers his accuracy was all over the place with far too many passes high or low.

    As for the MVP, it seems most likely he’ll win it which is probably a bad thing seeing as the MVP hasn’t been on a superbowl winning team for over a decade.

    Why isn’t Brees mentioned in this article? I’d put him as #2 in my mvp list followed by Wilson.

  72. jasonculhane says: Dec 9, 2013 4:22 PM

    @dstroi

    Not sure what you mean…All except Welker were nobodys when Tebow was quarterback. Julius Thomas without Manning would be unnoticed.

    Manning makes these players seem better then they are…Ask Peirre Garcon, Dallas Clark, Jake Scott, Ryan Lilja, Marcus Pollard, Indy’s Defense, Austin Collie….

  73. T.D. says: Dec 9, 2013 4:22 PM

    bspurloc says:

    Dec 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    ELI > PEYTON
    2 rings wins every time bra
    ————————————————————-
    Eli Manning couldn’t carry Peyton’s jockstrap this year without inadvertently lobbing it gently into the opponent’s hands.

  74. bullcharger says: Dec 9, 2013 4:27 PM

    Looks like Manning will break both Brees’ and Brady’s records this year. He defintely deserves the MVP. No question.

    I’m a bit worried about what it says about the league that Manning was able to play this well this year at his age. I think the passing is getting a bit out of hand in the league. I don’t think any record put up right now will stand for long, now matter how big it is.

    Look how long it took to break Marino’s record, then Brady broke it only a few years later and then Manning will break it this year. Unless they give the defense a chance with some rule adjustments the game will become more rediculous and the record books will no longer be comparable with past generations.

    As for the Brady v. Manning debate, I don’t think it matters. They are clearly both great and among the greatest ever and it’s a fun argument, but you will never convince the passionate fans on either side of it. I certainly have tried, but I realize now it’s better just to appreciate them both while we still can.

  75. dualprime says: Dec 9, 2013 4:27 PM

    Marino never won a SB and I believe he has one MVP. Why would Manning be held to higher standards? And stop with “so and so is hurt” stuff. All these QB’s have to go through that.

  76. donchacho says: Dec 9, 2013 4:35 PM

    I don’t understand all the negativity regarding all the great qbs we get to watch. Brees, manning, brady, ben, rodgers they’re all great why do people feel the need to criticize them as if they’re geno smith and ryan leaf? Everyones got their favs but talking like manning sucks is beyond absurd and makes you look foolish, whether he’s goat or top ten is still pretty impressive

  77. bullcharger says: Dec 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    jasonculhane says:Dec 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    @dodgerlakerfan1969

    and all you other Peyton haters…

    Why don’t you guys quit with the over reaching stats Brady vs Manning…Just come out and just say you hate Manning. For crying out loud even you guys can’t conceive he deserves his MVP’s he gets during the regular season, a season where some of you admit he’s the greatest.

    Be honest, you hate Manning. And its because when its all said and done 5 MVP’s is far and away a dominating stat considering the two quarterbacks together.

    Lets quit with the cold, below 20 degrees B.S too. Just stick to your “Brady’s won more Superbowls” because that’s probably your case. But Manning will have all the passing records, more MVP’s, everything individual he’ll have over Brady..

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    MVPs are kind of meaningless in a sport of 53 per team that only basically awards 2 or 3 positions with the MVP historically. It’s also a subjective vote.

    I am more impressed with Manning’s career statistics by far than his MVPs.

    If they awarded the MVP at the true end of the season I might like it more.

    If the point of the sport is to win, then the MVP should be the player that most contributes to his team’s wins. Which means it should include the playoffs.

    I am a Patriots fan, but I am being sincere. Making the playoffs and the playoff performance should be considered to make it a more valid MVP award.

  78. jasonculhane says: Dec 9, 2013 5:09 PM

    No dude…Again, your homering on a Brady vs Manning thing. I’m asking you, to just stick with the hardcore facts..Not the “I think the MVP is subjective” B.S…At the end of the day, its just B.S… if your impling MVP goes to the quarterbacks…then Peyton has been the “best quarterback” in 5 seasons,versus Brady in only 1.

    And can’t waffle back and forth on the MVP being regular season versus playoffs too. Then you’d be taking away Brady’s ONLY MVP because that MVP should have indeed gone to Eli Manning..so come on, Brady sucked in the playoffs in 07…

  79. dualprime says: Dec 9, 2013 5:10 PM

    So much for the cold weather crap. Manning’s numbers yesterday:

    The final stat line said it all: 39-for-59 for 397 yards through the air with four touchdown passes and zero interceptions — all done in temperatures that hovered around 15 degrees. After the 51-28 destruction of the Tennessee Titans was complete, Manning had a message for those who suggested he can’t get it done when the mercury plummets.

  80. jasonculhane says: Dec 9, 2013 5:15 PM

    @thegronk87

    Wow…Broncos division this year is must tougher then the Pats in 07, what was the team that year other then the Patriots in that weak ass division that won even 10 games?

    Again…I think both quarterbacks are great. But, in my opinion Manning accepts all the blame deserves the reward, where Brady has never , ever, been in this type of position. Brady’s a element of a system around his great strengths, where Manning is THE SYSTEM…

    Lets look ahead and again, a lot of you haters will be back if the Broncos lose…So be it, but if they win it all, this year and with the year Peyton is having, it would trump any individual year ANY quarterback has had…Lets be honest that this is what scares you the most, lol

  81. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:23 PM

    Look how long it took to break Marino’s record, then Brady broke it only a few years later and then Manning will break it this year.

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    Here’s something more telling.

    Number of 5000+ yard passers from 1985-2011:
    1 (Brees, 2009)

    Number of 5000+ yard passers last two seasons: 5

    Number of 5000+ yard passers this year:
    2 are on pace (Brees, Manning). Rivers and Stafford have an outside shot.

    Passing records set these days are meaningless. If Manning breaks those records I bet Rodgers takes one or both down in a couple years. That’s the way it is.

  82. jaff49 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:38 PM

    Peyton Manning MVP could have won last year also. Most talented and smartest QB in the NFL. Think about it 4 MVP with a 5th on the way certainly says best player ever super bowl rings dont matter and he has one. If you look at super bowl QBs some of them are not so good won super bowl with great defenses. Tom Brady good but Peyton in a class all by himself. Has played with alot of NOT good defenses, this year included has had to get alot of points to offset a weak defense.

  83. snaxdsp says: Dec 9, 2013 5:45 PM

    Manning could not play for 5 years and get MVP. He is the poster boy of the NFL

  84. broncosnative says: Dec 9, 2013 6:04 PM

    You youngsters on here don’t have a clue, complete nonsense. Manning can’t pad his stats when the receivers are the ones getting the YAC. The MVP if for the individual performance in 2013, not last year, not 5 years ago, not the playoffs. Only amateurs would rather have Wilson, a 2 year QB with no SB appereaance over manning whose been there twice and knows the atmosphere. Look what happened to kaep last year, inexperience in the big game showed. Why are we going on and on about who’s the better QB of Brady, manning and Brees, I would take any of the three on my team, already have one. You youngsters just don’t appreciate what we have in the nfl, these guys made the nfl to what it is now. Would you rather we have the tebow’s, Sanchez, Russell, leaf, rattay, grossman, leinart, Teague, and any other mediocre to bad QBs in the league. When both manning and Brady missed a season, it was a down year because those two bring competiveness to the nfl. Once these guys retire, who are we gonna turn to? It wil be Rodgers and everybody else, there won’t be another manning, Brady and Brees of their caliber. Appriciate what they are doing now because there won’t be another of their kind for years to come.

  85. scmems07 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:16 PM

    none of the qb’s who play now would even sniff these type of numbers in 1984…. that’s why marino is the most gifted qb of all time.

  86. bobsnygiants says: Dec 9, 2013 6:19 PM

    put Peyton in new N.E. with the receivers they have you would’nt talk about M.V.P.

  87. fanofthegame says: Dec 9, 2013 6:21 PM

    salutethis says:

    @ thegronk Terrell Davis won the league MVP and the superboel the last time Denver won a Superbowl. I guess history repeats itself….

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    The Broncos’ Accounting dept. should have won the MVP that year given they violated the salary cap both years they won the SB.

    Unless the current team violates the cap, let’s not give the Lombardi to anyone just yet.

  88. xcerebus1 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:25 PM

    He’s won 3 1/2. If he wins, by himself again, he’ll have 4 1/2.

  89. lemfaxx says: Dec 9, 2013 8:14 PM

    No dought..

  90. truths4all says: Dec 10, 2013 1:10 AM

    Put Brady in Denver with its receivers and he’d have double what Manning has done this year.

    Put Manning in New England with the makeshift offense and second tier receivers (except for Gronk who was there for only a few games) they have this season and the Pats would not even have 5 wins

    Brady has done the most MVP job this season.

    Bress has done the most to change his team from last season to this season.

  91. lonesomerhodes70 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:01 AM

    It would be hard to make a case against him this year, but at least one or two in the past were not deserved. Take 2008, when Manning did not lead the league in any passing category, did not even win a division title, and got bounced in the wild-card game. DeAngelo Williams is a shell of his former self now, but few players in history were more deserving… DID win a division title, DID lead the NFL with 20 TDs, and became only the 8th rusher in NFL history to amass 1.500 yards while averaging 5.5 YPC… it was also the third most rushing yards ever without a fumble. But hey, give it to the QB who makes TV commercials and can enhance the NFL brand. After Eli won the SB 42 MVP instead of Justin Tuck, it was clear that the QB-crazed NFL agenda-setting media will rarely ever give major awards to anyone but a QB.

  92. All-American Voltron says: Dec 10, 2013 10:01 AM

    So what? MVP is a vote. It’s a popularity contest among 50 reporters on their interpretation of who was MVP for that season. 50+ TD’s is extremely impressive, because that’s real, that’s factual. 5 MVP’s just means he’s very popular amongst media folks (newsflash). And in those 5 MVP’s, only 2-3 of ‘em would’ve been given if it was anyone other then “Peyton Manning” for that season.

  93. sb44champs says: Dec 10, 2013 10:40 AM

    How many of these voters (reporters) have a man-crush on Peyton Manning?? That’s the question…lol

  94. jasonculhane says: Dec 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    @broncosnative

    We don’t know how Rodgers legacy will be, but I agree with the potential. So far, he’s a great quarterback who’s been injured frequently in his career, almost a season worth of games. His career also reminds me of Steve Young’s, played kinda late in his career, flourished in a great system, some say better then predecessor.

    Let’s not sleep on Andrew Luck

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