(The Spread) – Who will win the 2012 NFL regular season MVP award? Let’s check out the odds.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as a 2/3 favorite to win the 2012 NFL regular season MVP award, although Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a close second at 6/5. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the current long shot at 10/1.

Manning currently has a quarterback rating of 103.5 heading into Week 16 of the season, which ranks him fourth in the NFL behind just Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III and now second-string Alex Smith. Manning has thrown for 4,016 yards and 31 touchdowns while leading Denver to an AFC West Division crown.

Peterson leads all NFL running backs in rushing yards with 1,812, which is 433 yards more than Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch. His 1,812 yards and 11 touchdowns have come on 289 yards and he almost single-handedly has led Minnesota to an 8-6 record (although his offensive line and defense deserve praise as well). If the Vikings clinch one of the final two wild card spots in the NFC, Peterson might leapfrog Manning some MVP voter’s eyes.

Brady, meanwhile, currently sits behind Manning with a 100.1 QB rating, which ranks him fifth in the league in that category. He too has led his team to a division title while throwing for 4,276 yards and 30 touchdowns. Thanks to Brady, the Patriots are once again Super Bowl contenders.

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