2013 NFL Consensus Power Rankings, Final Edition
Once again, another NFL regular season has come and gone too quickly, but 12 remaining teams have (a chance) to navigate their way through 10 total playoff games and three rounds to get to Super Bowl XLVIII.
As great of a season as he has had, Manning's season will largely be measured on the team's postseason success as opposed to his statistical greatness during the regular season. Especially considering that he had four neck surgeries only a few years ago, however, what he has done already this year is absolutely amazing.
Manning finished the regular season with 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. Whoa!
While he once threw 49 touchdowns (2004), he hadn't thrown more than 37 in between 2004 and this year. In addition, his previous career high of passing yards was only 4,700 (2010).
Manning threw multiple touchdown passes in 15 of 16 games this season and threw four-plus TDs in nine games. The only other quarterback that threw four-plus TDs in more than two games this season was Brees (five).
No quarterback has more games with at least four touchdowns in his career than Manning (31), but only 15 quarterbacks have more in their careers than the nine he had this season alone. As examples, Hall-of-Famers John Elway and Jim Kelly each have 10 of those games — in their entire careers.
Based on the safe assumption that Peyton Manning wins the MVP, who would be your choice as runner-up?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
Purely a hypothetical debate at this point, Manning will likely be the unanimous choice for his NFL-record fifth MVP award. If I had to vote for another choice, however, the decision would come down to either Nick Foles or Jamaal Charles.
Even though he didn't begin as the team's starting quarterback and he didn't seem like a great fit for Chip Kelly's offense, we now know that he will be there for the next "1,000 years." Foles posted a phenomenal 27:2 TD-to-INT ratio and led the NFL in both passer rating (119.2) and yards per attempt (9.12). Considering his league-high YPA, it makes his lack of interceptions even more impressive. Winning eight of his 10 games started, Foles led the Eagles to a six-win improvement over last year's win total and a division title under a first-year head coach.
Although LeSean McCoy had more rushing yards and yards from scrimmage than Charles, Charles was the focal point of the Chiefs offense without the support of a strong passing game. While Foles led the NFL in YPA, Alex Smith ranked 29th in the league in the Chiefs' dink-and-dunk offense. In addition, Charles was more consistent. Charles went over 100 YFS in 13 of 15 games as Chicago's Matt Forte (12) and McCoy> (11) were the only other players to have more than eight such games.
Not only did Charles set a career high in YFS (1,980), but he led the NFL in touchdowns (19) and was one of five RBs to finish with 70 receptions. After winning only two games in 2012, the Chiefs went 11-4 in Charles' 15 games played this year.
That said, I'd give the slight edge to Foles at least partly due to the surprise nature of his tremendous level of success.
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
I'd love to give a position besides quarterback a little love for the number two spot in the MVP voting, but when everything gets factored in, I would have to give it to Nick Foles. His teammate, LeSean McCoy, who led the league in rushing, would be another candidate, but guys like Josh Gordon (who missed the first two games of the season and still led wideouts in yardage for the year) and Calvin Johnson both failed to make the playoffs.
Foles finished the year with a TD-to-INT ratio of 27-to-2 and leads the league in rating at 119.2. Early on in the season, Michael Vick was the starter and the Eagles were up and down. With Foles at the helm, they performed much better, winning seven of their last eight games going into the playoffs.
If he started all 16 games, his numbers may have rivaled Manning, who had the greatest statistical season in the NFL's history. Given all that, I'd give Foles the nod for my number 2.
Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
You could make an argument for a number of different people, but I believe it's Tom Brady. Brady started out the gate pretty slow, but he was money down the stretch. He had multiple come-from-behind wins including that ridiculous game at home against the Broncos where they were down 24 points at halftime.
Brady also played without the majority of his weapons all season. Look at the missed game totals from his weapons: Rob Gronkowski (9), Shane Vereen (8), Danny Amendola (4), Aaron Dobson (4) and Kenbrell Thompkins (4). I'm not sure if there is anyone else in the league including Manning who could lead their team to a 12-4 record with this depleted group.
Defense wins games, and I can't vote for a MVP candidate on one of these teams below over Brady: Seattle (1), Carolina (2), Cincinnati (3), New Orleans (4), and San Francisco (5) are the league's top-ranked defenses (based on yards per game). You could make an argument saying without those defenses, all five of those teams miss the playoffs. New England finished 26th.
Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
I know that Peyton Manning is the run away choice for MVP this year, but I think that second place clearly should go to Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs. Charles was the most important player to his team this year, as he compiled 1,287 rushing yards, 693 receiving yards, and 19 touchdowns, all in 15 games.
If you look at the Chiefs rushing and receiving total yards on the year, it works out to 5,677 between the air and ground game. Charles had an impressive total of 1,980 combined yards from scrimmage, and that means he was responsible for 35 percent of his team's offensive output. If you are a non-quarterback, and you find the end zone 19 times, and account for 35 percent of your team's offensive yards gained, then you are the clear MVP runner-up in my book.