1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Plenty can happen over the next two weeks, especially with the Vikings having to play quality opposition in the form of Houston and Green Bay. But if the Vikings reach the playoffs, Peterson will likely get my vote. If the Vikings fall short of the playoffs but Peterson breaks Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, Peterson will likely get my vote. If the Vikings and Peterson both fall short of the aforementioned goals, it’s a toss-up between him and Peyton Manning. 2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Injury? What neck injury? With 31 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions, Manning is the catalyst behind the NFL’s longest active winning streak at nine games. Like all MVP quarterbacks, Manning’s presence has created opportunities for others like running back Knowshon Moreno, who had never posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in his first four NFL seasons until the past two weeks. Wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas also have already posted career-high marks in receptions. This wasn’t going to happen with Tim Tebow under center. - Alex Marvez
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