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Peterson or Peyton for MVP? It's AP

Adrian Peterson just capped one of the greatest seasons in NFL history.

The Minnesota Vikings running back rushed for 2,097 yards, just a few feet short of Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105 set in 1984.

Oh, he did it less than a year after a gruesome knee injury.

Yet it's not a lock for him to win the league's MVP award.

Some guy named Peyton Manning is getting a lot of the love.

Manning finished the season with 4,659 yards and 37 touchdown passes with the Denver Broncos after missing the 2011 season with a career-threatening neck injury.

Pretty impressive numbers, but A.P. is my pick, and it's not even close.

Manning took over for a Broncos' team that made the playoffs in 2011. He has two high-end wide receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. They have a solid running game with Knowshon Moreno and, before him, Willis McGahee.

Peterson?

He was the Vikings' offense.

The Vikes lost their top receiver, Percy Harvin, and had no one else. Their quarterback, Christian Ponder, ranks in the bottom third of the NFL.

Yet Peterson still rushed for 2,000 yards. Heck, he rushed for 1,000 yards after contact.

Defenses were geared to stop Peterson, yet no one could.

It was an impressive season for Manning, but it's Peterson in my book.

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