Both led their teams to the No.1 seeds in their respective conferences while flirting with perfection.
Each amassed over 30 touchdown passes and more than 4,000 yards.
When determining the regular season MVP, most will look at team record and statistics.
What boggles the mind is that Brees has undeniably better statistics, but still managed to finish a distant second in the race.
Let's get into more detail. The better performer will be in italics.
Brees 34 , Manning 33
Brees 11 , Manning 16
Brees 4,388, Manning 4,500
Yards Per Pass
Brees 8.5 , Manning 7.9
Brees 109.6 , Manning 99.9
Edit- Brees' rating is the seventh best of all time.
Brees 70.6, Manning 68.8
Clearly, Brees was superior to Manning.
Given they both locked up the No. 1 seed before the season ended, the difference of one win can be entirely negated, especially considering that Brees didn't play at all in one of the Saints losses.
One meaningless game is surely not enough to overshadow the statistical dominance of Brees.
Nobody in their right mind would look at these two sets of statistics and team records and pick Manning as the MVP.
Simply put, the NFL MVP award has become as much of a joke as the NBA award. It's actually eerily reminiscent of the 2007-2008 NBA MVP race between Kobe and Chris Paul.
The big name, Kobe, was having a great, but not spectacular season, and the other, CP3, was having one of the best seasons in history. I don't need to remind you how that played out. A single game separated the two teams at years end, yet was the sole reason NBA writers voted Kobe. Or so they claim.
When anyone, a small market player included, posts the seventh best passer rating of all time, on arguably the best team, shouldn't he at least be in close contention for MVP?
What the average fan can take from this ridiculous MVP race is the fact that Peyton Manning is the darling of the NFL. Apparently voters, either consciously or subconsciously, are unable to objectively view the candidates, and should consequently be stripped of their voting rights.
Is anyone really surprised that the NFL's most marketed player is also the benefactor of some suspicious MVP voting?