Thread: NFL Awards Announced
02-06-2013, 09:47 PM #21
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02-06-2013, 10:57 PM #22
Anyways I am stoked AP is the MVP and also Cris Carter is finally a HOFer.
02-07-2013, 08:35 AM #23
02-07-2013, 02:16 PM #24
Maybe Manning only beat Lewis because of popularity.Collecting Adrian Peterson and Blake Griffin in that order.
02-07-2013, 04:05 PM #25
02-13-2013, 03:43 AM #26
While there is no doubt that Lewis was the Ravens offense like Peterson was the Vikings offense, look at the defense.
The Ravens in 2003 were 3rd in yards allowed and 6th in points allowed - they were a good defense.
The Vikings in 2012 were 16th in yards allowed and 14th in points allowed - they were a middle of the road defense.
It is thus quite clear that Peterson played a much larger part in his teams 10 and 6 record and making the playoffs.
This is even more clear when you look at the season before.
The Ravens in 2002 were 7 and 9 and were 22nd in yards allowed and 19th in points allowed - they were an average to poor defense, which improved to a good defense. The defense seems to have played a significant part in the turn around in from 7 and 9 to 10 and 6. It should be noted also that Lewis played all 16 games in 2002.
The Vikings in 2011 were 3 and 13 and were 21std in yards allowed and 31st in points allowed - they were a poor defense, which improved to an average defense. The defense also played a significant part in the turn around in from 3 and 13 to 10 and 6 (though arguably not a great as the the Ravens improved by 19 places in yards allowed to the Vikings 5 places, and the Ravens improved by 13 places in points allowed while the Vikings improved by 17 places), but the turn around was much greater than what happened to the Ravens. This is significant when one remembers Peterson only played in 12 games in 2011, including a few games when he left injured.
As a result Peterson seems to have played a much greater part in his team's turnaround and 10 and 6 record and reaching the playoffs than Lewis did.
All that being said, I can understand why someone would make the argument Peyton Manning should have won the MVP. However the impacy Manning had on the Broncos does not seem to have been as great as Peterson's on the Vikings. The turn around from 8 and 8 in 2011 to 13 and 3 in 2012 was not as great, and the defense seems to have played just as large a part. The offense improved from 23rd in yards to 4th and from 25th in points to 2nd. The defense however also improved a lot, from 20th in yards to 2nd and from 24th in points to 2nd.
As such there is no doubt that Manning played a big role in the Broncos success, but to me it seems that Peterson played a large role in his teams success - he was therefore the Most Valuable Player.Whenever I am unsure of what I should do, I ask myself "What would Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, or Sean Hannity do?" Once I have worked this out I then do the exact opposite, as this is the reasonable, intelligent and humane thing to do.
02-13-2013, 09:32 AM #27
OZ I don't discount anything you are saying, but the reality is that without either Lewis or AP neither team goes to the playoffs. There is certainly no way that Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright combining for 2400 yards, 16 TDs and 17 INTs was going to provide enough offense for them to win 10 games.
Also, the defensive rankings are relevant, but you have to look at who they played too. Yes, the Ravens had a better ranked defense, but they played the Browns twice, the Bengals twice (back when the Bengals stunk), the Raiders (who had a 4-12 season), the Chargers (who had a 4-12 season), the Cardinals (who had a 4-12 season), the Jaguars (5-11 season) and my beloved Steelers twice (who had a 6-10 season). Comparatively the Vikings played 5 games against teams that won 6 or less games (Jaguars, Lions twice, Titans and Cards) .
So saying that the Ravens defense was significantly better when 10 of their 16 games were against teams with 6 or less wins is arguable. Had the Vikings had as soft of a schedule they most likely would have been ranked 6 or 8 spots higher in those categories.