Peyton Manning: NFL MVP Award Is Broncos QB's to Lose

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 25, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The NFL, possibly more than any other league, is always changing. But one thing has stayed constant: When it comes to the MVP race, it's Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and then everyone else. 

Sure, you can make an MVP case for plenty of worthy players this year—Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and more are all having standout seasons. Surprise, surprise. 

But now that The Year Without a Peyton is finally over, we're back to yet another Manning-Brady race.

And what a race it has been. Just try separating the two. 

Manning's Denver Broncos are 8-3. Brady's New England Patriots are 8-3.

Manning has thrown 409 times, completing 67.7 percent of his throws. Brady has thrown 421 times, completing 65.1 percent. Manning has thrown for 3,260 yards. Brady, 3,299. Manning is averaging 8.0 yards per attempt. Brady, 7.8. Manning, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Brady, 24 and three. 

If the season ended tonight, you might have to give it to Brady simply because he's taken care of the ball better. But it actually might be better to just flip a coin or, you know, give the award to both of them.

(Please forget I ever said that.)

Nonetheless, there are still five games left. It doesn't really matter where each player stacks up against the other right now. What does matter, however, is who is in a better position to improve his resume.

And that's Peyton Manning. 

Just take a look at Denver's remaining schedule: Tampa Bay, at Oakland, at Baltimore, Cleveland and Kansas City.

The Ravens will present a stiff challenge, but with Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis out for the rest of the season, Baltimore isn't quite as dangerous as normal. Just ask the San Diego Chargers.

There's no reason Manning, who is having arguably the second-best statistical season of his career, can't continue putting up numbers at the same rate while leading his team to a 13-3 record.

Brady, meanwhile, still has to go up against the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans, who possess two of the most stout defenses in the NFL. 

As it stands now, Manning and Brady are 1 and 1A. But the man leading the Broncos to new heights is in a position to make it more like 1 and 1B by the end of the season.