Twitter Double Coverage: Manning vs. AP
November, 14, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Getty ImagesWho is more derserving of the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning or Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.
Hopefully you followed along earlier Wednesday when, after a brief technological issue, I chatted via Twitter (@ESPN_NFCNblog) with AFC West colleague Bill Williamson (@ESPN_AFCWest) about the stunning comebacks this season of Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
The argument for Manning would note his neck injury was serious enough to sideline him for an entire season. There wasn't a ton of agreement, to say the least, that he would ever play again. He has not only played but is leading the NFL in passer rating.
We all knew Peterson would return at some point. We just didn't anticipate he could rehabilitate a torn ACL and MCL in a single offseason, a total of 260 days between injury and his first game -- and then pick up with the best 10-game start to a season of his career. Playing on a rebuilding team with an unproven quarterback, a rebuilt offensive line and the NFL's most conservative passing game, Peterson is on pace for an 1,800-yard season.