Peterson, Watt Named Offensive, Defensive Player Of The Year
Neither is a huge surprise. Adrian Peterson ran for 2097 yards, 2nd most in league history. J.J. Watt led the league with 20.5 sacks.
The only question with Peterson was which award he would win, Offensive POY or MVP. And more to the point, what's the difference? I don't know that the AP (Associated Press, not Adrian Peterson) really gives guidelines to the voters. The Offensive POY is more or less the MVP runner up (except in the 3 cases where the MVP wasn't an offensive player). A lot of people, including Peterson himself, felt that he deserved the MVP. Possibly, but running backs only win the MVP when they have a ton of TDs (LaDainian Tomlinson in '06, Shaun Alexander in '05). Peterson had 12 rushing TDs and 1 receiving, a good year but not MVP worthy according to the voters.
Watt's 20.5 sacks is even more impressive when you consider that he got them while playing 3-4 DE. 34 linemen are expected to eat up blockers, not make tackles and sacks. Of course his penchant for knocking down passes and his previous occupation as pizza boy/college dropout helped.