I don't even know why this is being disputed/discussed. Adrian Peterson came back from major knee surgery and almost broke Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record. Game over, Peterson is comeback player and MVP.
Maybe because Manning came back from four major neck surgeries as well as joining a new team. AP deserves MVP, but if anything they should split comeback player because a neck surgery in football is FAR more dangerous to come back from when you're playing quarterback than an ACL surgery.
You are really overrating the Broncos from last season.
They were a mediocre team that only made the playoffs because they played in the worst division in the NFL. There was a three way tie for the best record in the AFC West last season FFS. To say Peyton Manning's arrival didn't improve the Broncos significantly is pure ignorance. And it's not like Tebow couldn't take Mark Sanchez's job because he wasn't good enough...Tebow never became a starter with the Jets because Rex Ryan didn't want to put Tebow in as starter because he was afraid that Tebow would actually win games and blow Sanchez out of the water. So please quit using that as a reason. And LOL at you trying to downplay having multiple neck surgeries.
So did the worst division in the NFL suddenly get better this year? No, in fact they got worse. Peyton's team had a cupcake schedule and lost to the majority of the teams they faced that were playoff bound. The Vikings beat GB, Houston, and 49ers this year, one being a number 2 seed mind you, to get into the playoffs. The Vikings would be a 3 win or less team without AP. We have already seen what the Broncos and Indy are without Peyton Manning. Plus, no Percy Harvin makes Christian Ponder even less of a threat and still Peterson almost breaks Dickerson's record.
Are we going to act like Peyton didn't try to swindle 20+ million from Indy for lying about his neck and not playing last season? When Adrian Peterson got his 100 million dollar contract he stepped up his intensity. He worked hard to come back to his team because he knows they are hot garbage without him and now we are holding it against him because he only missed one game. Peyton has already robbed other more deserving people of the MVP award in the past, especially in 2009 when 40yr old Farve, Brees, and Rodgers were all outperforming him. Hell, even this year Brady, Brees, and Rodgers are still outperforming him. He doesn't need anymore awards. If you take the starting quarterback off the majority of teams in the NFL then they all become garbage. If you take Christian Ponder off the Vikings do they become garbage? No. So AP is Comeback Player of the Year and MVP. Because if AP doesn't get MVP then just change the award to MVQ (Most Valuable Quarterback) and the whole point of Comeback Player of the Year is to you know, come back and play at a high level. He did just that and very swiftly too.