Originally Posted by That One Guy
So for those whining about Manning being robbed or it being ignorance of Denver, explain the major difference why Manning deserved it over Peterson when Davis got it over Cunningham in '98.
Cunningham came in for his first year starting (he had been riding the bench the previous year rather than injured), took over for a team that had won a wildcard game the previous year, and led his team to a 15-1 record while maintaining a 106 passer rating. Manning, meanwhile, took over for a team that had won a wildcard game the previous year and led his team to a 13-3 record while maintaining a 105.8 passer rating.
On the other side, Davis carried the ball 392 times at 5.1 YPC for a total of 2008 yards. Peterson, meanwhile, carries it only 348 times (44 times less) for a whopping 6 yards per carry for a total of 2097 yards and he's not playing behind anyone comparable to John Elway.
Now, if Peterson doesn't deserve his, how the F did TD deserve his? Would you give back TD's to get Peyton one?
TD's MVP was partially due to the continuation from the year before. He came in second to Barry Sanders for the rushing crown, then turned in a sick Superbowl run. We were defending champions, and he was the defending Superbowl MVP, and Denver rode his back to surpass the already lofty expectations. If TD simply had that year in an otherwise unspectacular era in Denver's history, no way he walks away with the MVP.