In what was expected to be a tight race for the Associated Press’ NFL MVP award, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning won in a landslide Saturday.
Manning easily beat out New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Manning got 39.5 votes, Brees got 7.5, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers got 2 and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre got 1.
Manning’s fourth MVP award breaks a tie with Favre for the most in NFL history.
Favre was believed to be a lead candidate for the award in the first half of the season, and he still finished second to Brees in QB rating. However, Favre had a three-game stretch where he tossed just three TDs and four interceptions, resulting in two Vikings losses.
I thought Brees, who led the NFL in touchdown passes, would make it a closer race. But Manning had a great season without the benefit of a standout rushing attack and having lost a starting receiver in Anthony Gonzalez for almost the entire season.
What do Vikings fans think? Does Manning deserve the award? When you look at numbers alone, Favre and Manning each threw 33 TDs. But Favre tossed only seven interceptions to Manning’s 16 INTs.