2008: Peyton Manning (BEST)
Why He’s here: Manning isn’t close to finished being on our list. This was also just his third of five MVP seasons. This was one of Manning’s more challenging seasons, as he underwent two knee surgeries prior to the season and didn’t play at all in the preseason. But if you looked at his numbers at the end of the season, you’d never be able to guess he was anything less than 100%. Manning had some of the best individual performances of his career during this season, at times having to single-handedly carry the Colts to make sure they reached the playoffs.
Team Success: Indianapolis struggled early in the season, start 0-2 and being 4-4 midway through the season. But Manning helped them go 8-0 in the second half to finish 12-4 despite a disappointing loss to the Chargers in the Wild Card Round.
By the Numbers: Completed 174 of 55 passes (66.8%) for 4,002 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.