The NFL regular season has ended, which means that soon the annual NFL awards will be announced.
Each year, writers from around the country vote for the NFL's annual awards, and we wanted to give the experts at Bleacher Report a chance to voice their opinion on who they believe should win these individual honors, focusing specifically on the NFL MVP award here.
The voters were comprised of Bleacher Report’s group of lead writers, lead bloggers and featured columnists.
Lead writers and bloggers were allowed to fill out a ballot which consisted of votes for offensive and defensive Rookie of the Year. Featured columnists collectively voted on a separate ballot for their input.
Our Bleacher Report panel of experts for this vote (each received one ballot):
Bleacher Report NFL Featured Columnists
The results are listed based on how many votes each player received in ascending order.
2nd Place: Peyton Manning
Receiving one vote, Peyton Manning came in second place in this year's MVP voting.
The 36-year-old Manning was his usual self in 2012, which is rather remarkable considering he was coming off a 2011 season where he didn't play a single snap and sat out the entire year due to a severe neck injury that required multiple surgeries.
After the injury and subsequently being cut by the Indianapolis Colts, Manning joined the Denver Broncos and quickly became the new face of the franchise. In his first start as a Bronco, Manning threw for 253 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions en route to a 31-19 victory over Pittsburgh.
Denver went on to lose three of its next four games, but that's when Manning and the Broncos starting hitting their real stride. The Broncos are currently riding an 11-game winning streak heading into the playoffs (last loss coming on Oct. 7, 2012 to New England). The biggest key to their win streak? Peyton Manning.
Manning finished the season with the second-highest passer rating of his career (105.8) and the second-most passing touchdowns of his career (37). The ageless wonder continues to defy the odds and has the Broncos in Super Bowl contention in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Winner: Adrian Peterson
It was almost unanimous, missing by only one vote, but the Minnesota Vikings' running back stole the hearts of MVP voters here as he earned 12 of 13 votes to be named the Bleacher Report NFL MVP.
What Adrian Peterson was able to accomplish (2,097 rushing yards) while coming off of a torn ACL was nothing short of spectacular.
Here's what some of Bleacher Report's expert's had to say about Peterson.
Considering what he did with the Vikings despite their quarterback and the lack of Percy Harvin, he wins this thing without even considering the injury. Throw in that incredible recovery and there's no doubt.
At this point, I feel like I've broken down my argument multiple times and it comes down to this: Without him, the Vikings probably don't have 10 wins, a playoff appearance or, for the second half of the season, a semblance of the offense. After three wins in 2011, that's something. Doing it all on a rebuilt knee which should have hindered, if not ended, his career? That's MVP worthy.
The MVP race seemed a lot closer back in November, but Adrian Peterson's mammoth December seemed to give him an edge over everyone else. Peterson set the NFL single-month rushing record with 861 yards while leading the Vikings to a 4-1 December record. His 2,097 yards landed him a mere nine yards short of the NFL single-season record.
In the end, it appears that Peterson's surge down the stretch swayed voters more than Manning's consistent greatness.