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Peyton Manning: The Real NFL MVP

By J_Logan | View all Posts
Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 08:51 AM   9 comments
Most Valuable Player awards have always been skewed a bit when it comes to the true meaning behind the honor.

A lot of the time, the best player on the best team wins the MVP – not necessarily the player who means the most to their franchise.

In the NFL, Aaron Rodgers looks like the runaway winner for 2011, even though the Green Bay Packers gunslinger may not be the most valuable player to his team when you take a good look at the league.

In fact, the 2011 NFL MVP hasn’t even stepped on the field this season – and probably won’t – for a squad that is 0-7 heading into Week 8 of the schedule.

To see how far the Indianapolis Colts have fallen without quarterback Peyton Manning is astonishing. While, in essence, he only throws the football, Manning’s absence has seemed to impact every aspect of the Colts.

You want to know Manning's impact, just look at this week's spread against Tennessee. Cantor Gaming made the Colts as 3-point favorites back in June when they posted lines on every NFL game of the season. The line has swung 12 points now with the Colts getting 9 points against an average Titans team.

"I am not sure how Peyton Manning doesn't win the MVP this year," Andrew Patterson, an oddsmaker with Las Vegas Sports Consultants, told Covers.com. "It is clear he means more to the Colts than any player on any other team."

The offense, obviously, has taken giant leaps backwards with backup Curtis Painter under center. But the defense has even felt the lack of No. 18 this season.

Without Manning managing the clock, an aging stop unit isn’t getting the down time it’s used to – sitting second last in time of possession at 24:23. And it shows. Indianapolis is among the worst in the league in total yards, rushing defense, and points allowed.

To put it into a betting perspective, the Colts were around +800 to win the Super Bowl after the NFL Draft in the spring. Now, Manning-less Indy is a +50,000 long shot sitting next to the Miami Dolphins at the bottom of the SBXLVI futures.

To say Rodgers or Brady would have the same impact on their team if they were out is wrong. Football fans got a sample of that back in 2008, when Brady went down with a knee injury in Week 1. The Patriots rallied around Matt Cassel and Bill Belichick kept the ship afloat, posting an 11-5 record most teams would kill for.

The Colts have gone from a playoff team and Super Bowl contender with Manning, to the worst team in the league without him.

So, when someone other than Manning gets the nod for the so-called MVP award, just keep in mind Indianapolis’ nose dive and the fact that Manning would be earning his fifth NFL MVP if the honor actually went to the Most Valuable Player.
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dillon24 says:
10/27/11 09:23AM
I've been saying this for a while now.. He's the MVP even though he hasn't played a down yet
SteelCash says:
10/27/11 11:10AM

     Please stop.  Please.

     He's not the real MVP.  You need to be a player to be the MVP, and he's not.  The Colts pathedic lack of planning for a Manning injury is why they are 0-7.  Their inept ability to get atleast an AVERAGE back up is why they are 0-7.  I know Manning is good.  That's not the argument. 

     Let's put Painter on the Packers and see how well they do.  Let's put him on the Pats, Steelers, and Ravens, and see how well they do.

     And look at their running backs.  They got nothin'.  Addai is average at best and never has been anything more than that.  And they have Delone Carter...

     The Colts are a bad team.  With Manning in there they might be 2-5.  But of course nobody knows what their record would be.

     I gotta go.  Something came up.  I'll continue this later.

Ducati says:
10/27/11 11:27AM


So Manning plays defense and special teams too eh?
Get the fuck outta here...the only thing it proves is the Colts suck at planning for the future.
Did they really think Manning was indestructable or he was gonna play forever!?
MoneySRH says:
10/27/11 11:39AM
I can see your logic. His team has had a winning record for the last 10 years and the one season without him they are the worst team in the NFL. Well one of the worst teams it's a tie with the colts and dolphins.
J_Logan says:
10/27/11 11:42AM
I believe those teams mentioned above, Pats, Steelers, and Ravens, would do much better than 0-7 with Painter as their QB. As for the Colts running backs, they are terrible. But when you have a passer like Manning, it makes it a lot easier to run the ball when linebackers are dropping back in coverage on every down. Indy would be much better than 2-5 if Peyton was healthy.
dillon24 says:
10/27/11 12:29PM
Manning does play defense and special teams.. He keeps the other team off the field which is the best defense there is.  I'd say the colts are at the least 5-2 with him playing
Riceboi says:
10/27/11 12:40PM


agreed.
tokelio says:
10/27/11 01:05PM
who cares...
R88RAP says:
11/22/11 10:53PM
NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY WINS THE COLTS WOULD HAVE WITH MANNING PLAYING....CAUSE THEIR DEFENSE IS TERRIBLE...WHEN UR COMPARING POSSIBILITIES...THINK WHERE THE PACKERS WOULD BE WITHOUT RODGERS CAUSE THEIR RUNNING GAME SUCKS ALSO & THERE DEFENSE ISN'T PLAYING THAT WELL EITHER...BUT DEFENSE IS PLAYING BETTER THEN THE COLTS....TO CLOSE TO COMPARE FOR THE MVP...SO GET INTO REAL LIFE & JUST SAY RODGERS IS THE MVP RIGHT NOW
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