John Fox bangs Manning's MVP drum

December, 24, 2012
12/24/12
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Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson appear to be in a race to the finish line for the NFL MVP award.

Not surprisingly, Manning has the vote of his coach. Denver coach John Fox pointed out Manning’s immediate impact on his new team on Monday. Denver signed Manning in March after he spent his entire career, which began in 1998, with Indianapolis.

At the age of 36 and after missing last season with a neck injury, Manning has had one of his best seasons. Denver is 12-3 and has won 10 straight games. It is the fourth 10-game win streak of Manning’s career. According to the Broncos, Manning joined Daryle Lamonica (Oakland in 1967) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 10-game winning streaks in their first year with a team.

“Obviously I might be a little biased and with all due respect for everybody involved, I think what’s unique about Peyton, not that he’s had a fabulous year -- which he has -- but he’s done it in a new city with a new team and I think at that position, in my own personal opinion, that’s what kind of separates him from the rest of the field,” Fox told reporters Monday.

I think that is one of the reasons why Manning may edge Peterson for the award. It would be his fifth NFL MVP award.

Meanwhile, the Broncos will not have to worry about the dilemma of resting Manning and other key starters in Week 17. Denver can get the No. 1 seed with a home win over Kansas City in a game that starts at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, and a Houston loss at Indianapolis (which is already set as the No. 5 seed in the playoffs) in a game that starts at 1 p.m. ET.

Denver also still needs to secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye if it can't get the top spot. It will lock that up with a win. If Denver loses to Kansas City and New England beats visiting Miami, in a game that starts at the same time as the Broncos’ game, the Patriots would get the bye.

Denver will have to have to try to win this game. That will ensure the team won’t go into the postseason with any rust.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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