Running back Adrian Peterson certainly has had quite a season. It is certain to be one he and the rest of the league will remember.
Peterson too led his team all the way to the playoffs. Perhaps the only difference between him and Manning would be that Peterson was the biggest and possibly the only threat on his team.
The Minnesota Vikings were never thought to be in the position they were in, in the final moments of the season. While Peterson continued to shred through defenses, his team brought him no help.
However, Peterson's strength and beast-like ability to power through defensive lines would have his team right where no one dreamt they would be: in the playoffs.
Coming off of a knee injury that many believed would never allow Peterson to be the same seemed to fuel him as he continued to perform at an incredible level week after week. One blink, and you would miss him. Don't try matching him up to one man; it will take much more than one man to bring him down.
Perhaps the biggest statement for his MVP bid will be the 2,097 yards he earned in the regular season. Coming within only nine yards of Eric Dickerson's record (NINE YARDS), Peterson was clearly making a statement. Even Eric Dickerson himself was closely watching Peterson.
While he didn't break the record, his record for this season is earth-shattering enough. Peterson's unstoppable runs and harrowing strength have made him just as much of a front-runner as Manning.