Peyton Manning as MVP? And who should the Broncos face?
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates during a game. (Photo: CBS Sports)
By: Raul Martinez
DENVER — I am excited to watch the playoffs this week. So many great games and there are three teams that could face the Broncos on Saturday, January 12. It’s the Ravens, Bengals or Colts.
Cincinnati will go to Houston on Saturday and Baltimore will host Indianapolis Sunday.
I expect the Texans to beat the Bengals and Ravens to take care of the Colts. That would mean Baltimore would be coming to Denver. I think the Broncos can beat all three of these teams. Heck, they already beat two (Baltimore and Cincinnati) at their place.
If I had a choice, I would want the Colts. I know everyone is excited about this team because of rookie Andrew Luck and how well they played in the regular season, but I think Denver would destroy them.
Luck has been great, but the bottom line is he’s a rookie. Rookie quarterbacks are not that great in the post season and I don’t see him coming to Mile High and putting up points against the second best defense in the NFL. I also think Peyton Manning will want to make his former team pay for releasing him.
Do I think the Colts will come to Denver? No. I hope they do though.
My predictions for the Wild Card Games
Texans 30 Bengals 20 – Houston choked the 1 seed and a bye away and will look to take it out on the Bengals. The Texans have a better offense and defense and they have home field advantage.
Ravens 24 Colts 21 – Experience will be key here. Baltimore has been here before and they get Ray Lewis back. It will be close, but that’s where the experience comes into play.
Packers 31 Vikings 17 – Minnesota beat Green Bay in Minneapolis to get into the playoffs last week. The Packers get to be home this time around and I don’t think Adrian Peterson can carry them this time around. Aaron Rodgers is going to throw 4 touchdowns and the defense will key in on AP.
Seahawks 35 Redskins 29 This is a tough one, but I am going with red-hot Seattle. Their offense is putting up a ton of points and the defense has been playing at a high level. RGIII will make it very interesting, but I’m going with the other rookie quarterback.
Today is the last day to cast MVP votes
It’s down to Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson.
I have said for the last two weeks that I am perfectly fine with Co-MVPs here.
If I had to choose, I think Manning deserves it. He came off of four neck surgeries, missed a season and went to another team. I didn’t think he was going to be great and he was fantastic.
He had a passer rating of 105.8. Manning threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns. Those number are ridiculous.
Don’t get me wrong. What Peterson did was pretty amazing as well. To come back from reconstructive surgery after suffering a torn ACL and MCL is unreal. He was just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s NFL record for rushing yards in a season. AP finished the season with 2,097 yards rushing.
If Peterson had beat the record, I would say he deserves it. He didn’t so that’s why I’m going with Manning.
Like I said, I hope we get co-MVPs.