The Kansas City Chiefs star running back has torched opposing defenses all season long and is proving to be the most dangerous skill position player in the league this season.
But Manning is putting up never-before-seen numbers at the position that fuels today's NFL.
The four-time league MVP is on pace to break the two biggest single-season records for a quarterback. He needs 332.5 yards through the air in each of his last two games—unbelievably enough, he averages more than 343—to break Drew Brees' 2011 record for most passing yards in a single season.
He should stroll into the top spot all time for most passing touchdowns in a single season, a record he once owned before Tom Brady put up 50. Manning has 47, and nobody would be surprised to see him hang four TDs and break the record against the Texans in Week 16.
The simple fact that he's contending for both these awards with two weeks left should be enough to crown him. If he breaks both records, a new award might have to be invented.
We're in the midst of a quarterback's league, and Manning is putting up numbers that have never before been achieved.
What's more—at this point in the season, Manning's team typically has already wrapped up its playoff spot. That's not the case this year as the Chiefs are breathing down their neck, so you can bet Manning will continue bringing his best in order to lock up the AFC West.
Manning's passes are going for more yards than usual, as his 8.3 yards per completion is his highest average since 2004.
Despite Manning running away with the award, however, Charles' season cannot be discounted. The star rusher has 18 touchdowns, which leads the league, and makes up a massive amount of the Kansas City offense.
It's no coincidence that Charles has had his best year as the Chiefs have moved from the league cellar to the top echelon of the AFC.
It seems as if you would have to look far and wide to find a player more valuable to his team than Charles. But there's one inside his own division.
Manning has shown how valuable he is throughout his career. A decade-long tenure with the Colts saw unparalleled heights and consistency, before Indianapolis notched the No. 1 overall pick when the Tennessee grad sat out the entire 2011 season.
I'm not saying the Broncos would plummet to the bottom of the NFL, but this is a team that would struggle to make the playoffs without its quarterback. Denver's pass defense hasn't been able to stop a nosebleed, ranking 28th in the league.
Manning's heroics have kept the Broncos in a lot of games. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have one of the best defenses in the league.
Charles has been the league's best running back this season—that much is getting harder and harder to deny after his five-touchdown outburst in Week 15. But he's just fourth in the league in rushing—nearly 200 yards behind LeSean McCoy.
To say that Charles—or anyone else—is even in the conversation with Peyton Manning for the MVP award is ludicrous after seeing what the star quarterback has done in 2013.