Peyton Manning: Making the Case for Broncos QB to Win MVP

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos adjusts the play at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is no stranger to the NFL's MVP award, or any other awards really, but that doesn't make him any less deserving.

Everyone is aware of Manning's nearly career-ending neck injury that kept him out all of 2011. Due to the severity of that injury, not even the most optimistic of analysts expected this production just one year later.

Not only does "The Sheriff" look like his former self, he arguably looks his sharpest in years. Manning has 30 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions with his new team, with a near 70 completion percentage to boot.

Those numbers put the QB just three touchdowns away from his season total in 2010 and seven interceptions behind his output that same year.

Manning has always been one to rack up the impressive stat sheet, but let's shift focus to what the "V" in MVP stands for.

Just one season ago, the Broncos were starting either Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow at quarterback, and went .500 in the regular season.

Sure, the Tebow-led Broncos were able to pull off a postseason shocker but that was a year full of overachieving. This year, with most of the same players, Manning has already brought the team an AFC West division title and 10 wins.

When John Elway decided to ship Tebow to the New York Jets, there was outcry from the Denver faithful. Those cries have been silent since, oh, about Week 6 when the Broncos began their current eight-game winning streak.

Elway knew that his team was just a solid quarterback away from taking the AFC West. He clearly outdid himself when he signed the legendary (and fully healthy) Manning this past offseason.

The Broncos' success can't be solely given to Manning, considering the teams' top-10 ranked pass and run defense, but he's a darn big reason.

With a stout defense being led by Von Miller and an offense being run by Manning, Denver has gone 5-0 in its division and 7-2 in the conference.

Manning has taken a pretty good team from last season to a team with Super Bowl hopes in 2012.

He may already have four MVP trophies in his home, but that doesn't mean his production this season should be ignored.

No. 18 has been beyond impressive this season, considering he's with a new team and has a newly repaired neck. There's plenty of deserving players for this year's MVP award, but none more than Manning.