Throwing an NFL record 51 touchdown passes is obviously a tremendous accomplishment and Peyton Manning deserves the accolades he been getting for it.
Just not the MVP, says CSNNE.com Patriots insider Tom E. Curran on Quick Slants. That honor, says Curran, should go to a quarterback who threw less than half as many TD passes as Manning: the Patriots' Tom Brady.
"The Patriots have 11 wins not because he has 24 touchdown passes but because he only has 10 picks," Curran said.
"He's most valuable to his team because when he's in a position to throw picks to guys who have no clue where to be, he takes care of business," Curran said of Brady.
Curran points out that three of Brady's 10 interceptions came on the final plays games: at Cincinnati in a monsoon; at Carolina on a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski with a pass-interference non-call, and the fourth-down play in the loss at Miami.
Peyton Manning has also thrown 10 interceptions. Five of his 10, Curran points out, were in the fourth quarter. Three key picks came in the fourth quarter of the Denver Broncos' three losses, vs. Indianapolis, New England and San Diego.
"There's an award for Peyton Manning," Curran said. "It's called offensive player of the year."
By the way, Curran also points out, an NFL MVP has never won that season's Super Bowl.