Why Adrian Peterson Will Be the MVP of the 2009 Season

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMay 17, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 4:   Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Wild Card playoff game on January 4,2009 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

When you hear the question of who the best running back in the league is, who do you think of?  Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, DeAngelo Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, or Clinton Portis?

I, believe, that Adrian is probably the best among those players listed above. Disagree if you must, but that is how I feel.

I am a Vikings fan, but I would say that Peterson is the best running back in the league, even if I was a Bears or Packers fan. By the way, that will never happen in a million years.

Adrian has consistently gotten better at running the ball. In his rookie season, he had 1,341 yards and twelve touchdowns. These numbers easily put him in the top ten running backs in the league, maybe even the top five.

Many thought Peterson would be a one-year-wonder, and his numbers would take a decline in the following season. Oh, how they were wrong.

In his sophomore campaign, Adrian's numbers sky-rocketed. He had 363 carries for 1,760 yards, and ten touchdowns. His only problem was that he fumbled an outrageous nine times.

Adrian must get this problem under control. The Vikings absolutely cannot afford to get far into the red-zone, just to have him fumble the ball away without even getting hit that hard. This occurred several times last year. As my friend Sayre would say, he has a massive case of "fumbleitis."

Usually, quarterbacks win the MVP award. A quarterback has won the award for 35 of the last 51 seasons. Peyton Manning won the award last season.

These numbers do not fair well for Adrian. The odds will definitely be stacked against him for next season. But to be expected is Peterson once again silencing the critics and showing even more evolution.

Chester Taylor, the Vikings back-up running back, has seen a large decrease in his number of carries. This is obviously because Adrian is the every-down-runner for Minnesota.

He is in the last year of his contract, so the Vikings might try to either get the most out of him, or potentially trade him to a team that desperately needs a starting running back. Time will tell what Minnesota will do, but I sincerely hope that they keep him on the roster next season.

Adrian is one of the more devoted players to the game than I have seen in some time. In only two years, he has become a fan-favorite, and is considered by some to be one of the best players in the league.

I'm not one to base greatness on fantasy football, but A.P. went first in a lot of the leagues that I was in last year. People rolled the dice on Peterson even though he had only one year of experience under his belt at the current time.

You might say I'm bias, but I really could care less. This is really how I feel. I won't say that Adrian is the clear favorite, but he is an absolute sure-fire top five player in the NFL today.

Another reason why he has a great chance to be the MVP is because of Minnesota's lack to throw the ball at a high-rate. Often times, they rely on Adrian to get the job done when they need it the most.

Sage Rosenfels isn't going to be a star, which will lead the Vikings to have to run the ball much more often than they used to. This should not come as a surprise to anybody.

If I had to predict Adrian's stats for next year, I would say he will be around 400 carries, 1,900 yards, and 15 touchdowns.

Minnesota will also look to get him more involved in the receiving game. He has not been used that often for catching passes. I, definitely, expect this to change next season.

Case-in-point, Adrian Peterson is my top candidate for being the MVP of the 2009 season. Do you agree or disagree? Feel free to state your opinion.

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