In the final week of the regular season, Ladainain Tomlinson was voted by the fans as the FedEx Ground player of the week. LT has won the crap out of this award over the past few years, but he only won it once this year. Scoring three touchdowns to help your team win the division on the national stage will certainly help garner votes from fantasy football fans across the country.
The NFL also announced that Philip Rivers is the AFC's Player Of The Month:
OFFENSE: QB PHILIP RIVERS, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Rivers led the Chargers to a 4-0 record in December as San Diego captured its third consecutive AFC West title and became the first team to reach the playoffs after a 4-8 start. For the month, Rivers completed 80 of 121 passes (66.1 percent) for 1,054 yards with a NFL-high 11 touchdowns versus one interception and a 120.3 passer rating. In Week 15 against Kansas City (12/14), Rivers was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after directing a Chargers’ fourth quarter-rally for a 22-21 win. In the fourth quarter against the Chiefs, Rivers completed 18 of 24 passes (75.0 percent) for 190 yards with two touchdowns and a 125.3 passer rating. Two weeks later against Denver in a must-win scenario to reach the playoffs, Rivers posted a 141.0 passer rating and registered two or more touchdown passes for the fourth time in December as the Chargers defeated the Broncos 52-21. The veteran signal caller recorded a NFL-high 105.5 passer rating this season and tied for a league-best 34 touchdowns (Saints, DREW BREES).
In his fifth season from North Carolina State, this is Rivers’ first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Chargers player to win Offensive Player of the Month since LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2006 (November). Rivers joins STAN HUMPHRIES (October of 1992 and September of 1994) as the second San Diego quarterback to win the award.
Unfortunately for Rivers, no one outside of San Diego is seriously considering him an MVP candidate. Obviously I've been making my case for him for weeks, but almost the entire staff of writers at NFL.com has their votes in for Peyton Manning. While Manning is certainly deserving of another MVP award, I wouldn't go as far as to say that he is head and shoulders above Philip Rivers.
The Colts defense is generally acknowledged as being very good, and they have not had to overcome such drastic coaching changes like those in San Diego. But don't tell that to the mainstream media; Peyton Manning is the poster boy for the National Football league, appearing in more TV commercials than any other player in the league. Rivers on the other hand has gained a reputation of being cocky, abrasive, whiny, and a bit of a loudmouth. Rivers has my vote for MVP because without him, the Chargers would not be in the position they are in right now. He's made the people around him better, especially Vincent Jackson. And with the defense struggling and without a solid running game, Rivers had to carry the Chargers on his back just to get them to 8-8. Rivers has better numbers than anyone in the league and if he doesn't win the MVP this year it'll be a real shame because these types of numbers are going to be hard to reproduce in future seasons...