The case for Manning
In his first year with Denver, Manning has led the Broncos to a 12-3 record, compiling 34 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 103.7 quarterback rating. He's ended the uncertainty of the Tim Tebow era by providing a dependable presence in the pocket. And his receivers, starved under a run-heavy offense prior to his arrival, love him for it.
In Week 1, Manning proved he could win the tough ones, a 31-19 bruiser against the Steelers, and also proved he was back after missing a season with a neck injury that left him with many doubters. In Week 8, he provided the kind of performance that has made him one of the most feared quarterbacks in the NFL the past 15 seasons. He carved up the Saints for 305 yards on 22-of-30 passing and three touchdowns.
"He's a different type of player," Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme told USA Today. "Not only can you not replace what he does, you can't really get an understanding for it unless you're with him every week, preparing."