With Tom Brady's four touchdown passes in the Patriots 42-14 dismantling of the Houston Texans Monday night, let the debate begin. Tom Brady is the NFL's Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season.
I know of one voter who might disagree, (Adam Schein endorses Andrew Luck for MVP), but how could you even consider Luck, after watching Brady go to work Monday night on J.J. (S)Watt and the Texans defense.
Sure, if you want to make an argument for Peyton Manning, I'll listen. He is nothing short of a miracle on the field for the Denver Broncos. The same could be said for Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. Both players are performing at extraordinary levels this season, especially when you consider the injuries both overcame.
Manning, missed all of the 2011 season with a neck injury that required four operations to fix. Many people wondered if he would be the same when he came back, or if the surgery and the time off would linger and have an adverse effect on his ability to be the Manning that won 10 or more games nine straight years for the Colts.
The Broncos currently are 10-3, clinched the AFC West and hold the three-seed for the playoffs. Manning has thrown for 3,812 yards, 30 TD, only 10 Int and has a passer rating of 104. I would say he is back. It did take Manning a couple of games to get going, but now the Broncos offense is running like a well orchestrated play we've all seen before, with Manning conducting the entire show.
Peterson, like Manning suffered a severe injury and has made an amazing comeback. On Christmas Eve last year, Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL in a game against the Washington Redskins, and was placed on season-ending IR.
Keeping in mind the nature of Peterson's injury and the fact that he is a running back, it is unbelievable that Peterson started week 1 for the Vikings. Not only did he start week 1, he rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. AD (All-Day) is having the best year of his short career and could eclipse the 2,000 yard rushing mark this season.
There is stiff competition, but even with the season's that Manning and Peterson are having, there is another player on his own level right now. Tom Brady is having a very similar season to his 2010 MVP season and he has quietly done it while other's (Luck, RGIII, Manning, Peterson) are taking the spotlight.
I'm not discounting any accomplishments by any of the other players this season, but no one is more valuable to their team than Brady is to the Patriots. Sure, you can say that they are a plug and play team at the quarterback position, but I will discredit that argument and tell you to take a closer look at what he actually does. The 2012 Patriots are a lot different than the 2008 version that Matt Cassel went 10-5 with.
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