With Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in Oakland for tonight's game against the Raiders, there's no better time to strike up a debate on the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year.
Manning, who missed last season because of a neck injury and was let go by the Indianapolis Colts, has completed 304 of 447 attempts for 3,502 yards. He has 29 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions in leading the Broncos to a 9-3 record and a commanding lead in the AFC West.
Manning's 104.6 quarterback rating, second-best in the league, is his highest since his 121.1 for the Colts in 2004.
Figure Manning will pad his stats tonight against the Raiders, who have allowed 4,023 passing yards, 27th worst in the league, and 31 touchdown passes.
So who better to win the award?
How about Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee, needed reconstructive surgery and now is tearing up the league.
Peterson leads the NFL in rushing yards with 1,446 (120.5 per game) and rushing touchdowns with 17, plus he's averaging 6.2 yards per carry, fourth-best in the NFL.
On Sunday, Peterson will have one of his toughest tests when the Vikings host the Chicago Bears, who allow just 94.6 yards per game, fifth-stingiest in the league.
Perhaps the best way to settle the debate might be to award the MVP to one and the Comeback Player to the other.
What to watch, do
NFL, Denver at Raiders, 5:20 p.m., NFL, O.co Coliseum: With Peyton Manning in Northern California, the Raiders avoided a second consecutive blackout.
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