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Who Deserves To Be This Season’s NFL Comeback Player Of The Year: Peyton Manning Or Adrian Peterson?

Submitted by on December 9, 2012 – 12:07 pmNo Comment

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are both having phenomenal years. And, both of them are doing it in spite of the fact that a lot of people out there didn’t think that either of them would play all 16 games this season. Prior to the start of the 2012-13 NFL season, Manning was dealing with the effects of a serious neck injury that held him out all of the last season. And, Peterson was on the sidelines with an ACL injury that, many believed, would limit his mobility this year.

But then, the season started in September and—wouldn’t you know?—both of them started to build a case to be named the 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. But, which one of them really deserves the honor? To try and figure it out, we looked at both of their 2012 resumes to see exactly what they’ve accomplished this season and then reached a final decision. Do you agree with it?

The Case For Peyton Manning:

After getting off to a slow start, Manning has led the Broncos to eight straight wins and has helped the team clinch the AFC West already. So far this season, he’s completed 68.3 percent of the balls he’s thrown—which would be the second-highest completion percentage of his career if the season ended today—thrown 30 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions, and helped completely transform the Broncos offense. And, most importantly, he’s got Denver sitting at 10-3 in the No. 2 playoff seed right now.

The Case For Adrian Peterson:

Although the Vikings are just 6-6 through 12 games this year, it’s not because of AP. In fact, they’d probably be more like 3-9 or 2-10 if not for Peterson. Currently, he’s rushed for more than 1,400 yards, scored eight times, and single-handedly kept Minnesota in more than a few games this season. His ability to run the ball effectively has also helped the team’s quarterback Christian Ponder. If he continues on his current pace, he has a legitimate shot to finish the season with more than 2,000 yards rushing.

Who Should Win The Comeback Player of the Year Award:

It’s hard to make a case against either of these guys. But, if we had to discredit either of them, it’d be Manning. After all, he took over the reins of a team that went to the playoffs last season under Tim Tebow and built on the success they had last year this season. Peterson, on the other hand, overcame a crippling knee injury and, at times, has looked better than he did prior to suffering the injury. It’s been impressive to watch. So, we think AP should win the Comeback Player of the Year award.

Who Will Win It:

With all of that said, we think Manning will probably walk away with this year’s Comeback Player of the Year award. The Vikings are sinking quickly in their division, which will hurt Peterson, and the Broncos look like they’re on their way to finishing as the No. 2 or No. 3 playoff seed in the AFC. That will help Manning secure more votes and, ultimately, lead him to be named the Comeback Player of the Year. Book it now.

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