That’s right. The Green Bay Packers have turned their season around and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is clearly among the reasons, if not the primary reason for that.
Rodgers was just named the NFC offensive player of the week for his dismantling of the Seattle Seahawks’ defense. Rodgers was 18-of-23 for 246 yards and three touchdowns. More impressive were these numbers: 78.3 completion percentage, 150.8 rating, 10.7 yards per attempt. Those last three stats are season highs. Rodgers did it against one of the best defenses in football and he did it in just a little over three quarters.
So there you have that.
The bigger picture here is Rodgers is playing like an MVP again. That wasn’t always the case this season, regardless of what anyone tells you. As Shawn and Monty discussed on the podcast earlier this week, there is a difference in Rodgers since around week 7. His accuracy has returned. His willingness to stand in the pocket and not take off running at the first sign of trouble has returned. In other words, his fundamentals have returned.
That has resulted in some great quarterback play — not for that entire stretch, but definitely through the past four games.
Overall, Rodgers is now seventh in the league in yards, with 3,529; fourth in QB rating, with 101.1; and first in touchdown passes, with 32. Probably more important to this conversation is that Rodgers’ value to the Packers’ success is obvious. When he plays well, the team plays well. When he doesn’t, they don’t.
Who else is in this MVP conversation? Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, and maybe even Matthew Stafford.
Frankly, if the Packers come back and win the division and Rodgers continues to play at the level he’s playing at, he has as strong a case as anyone.
Tom Brady? The Patriots have proven they can win with his backup. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott? They’ll probably cancel each other out. Matthew Stafford? Only a legit candidate if the Lions win the division. Matt Ryan? Does anyone even respect Atlanta? Derek Carr? Statistically inferior to Rodgers.
There’s a long way to go, but this is where we are right now. Aaron Rodgers is a legitimate MVP candidate again.
I will admit I was wrong. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little concerned the off field issues with his family. Some people can compartmentalize that stuff, but i hope it gets resolved. It also seems like when this stuff came out and he was getting a lot of criticism is when he refocused himself and his play improved.
That’s all good Kato. But you are among the least guilty.
Now if the writers on here had any integrity, they’d write an article condemning their own damning accusations and petty childish articles. When i say petty and childish, i really mean….piece of shit gossip articles containing defamatory fiction containing blatant lies and baseless rumors that only 13 year old girls, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber fans would find entertaining.
But then again, the abundance of cheapshot, childish, juvenile, moronic ramblings shown in those articles, is merely a reflection of the personality writing it.
So……..when he’s merely “above average” we’ll attack and stomp on that fucker and everyone around him (including his dog). But when he once again is among thee best, maybe then we won’t shit on him and actually show him a little respect. Like now.
Thats about the kind of response i expected..
What a ridiculous title. Rodgers should NOT be in anyone’s conversation as per MVP.
Keeping it just to the QB position Brady, Brees, Ryan, and even rookie Dak Prescott — after a couple real bad weeks — all have higher QB ratings. Ryan’s is more than 10 POINTS higher and Brady is nearly so. Brees has more TDs and Ryan has as many TDs (and the same # of interceptions) as Rodgers. # of TDs is also actually a very poor stat as, for instance, a team with a poor run game will automatically throw more TDs and a QB who leads a 90 yard drive ending with a 1 yard TD plunge is ranked behind a QB who leads a 45 yard drive ending in a 2 yard pass thrown behind the line of scrimmage where the receiver dodges several tacklers and gets into the end zone on effort. Literally, TDs should be entirely removed from the QB rating system.]
All 4 of those QBs have much better completion %’s than Rodgers and MUCH higher yards per attempt. Only Prescott operates behind a better o-line.
There are another 8 QBs rated behind Rodgers but who are at his level of play. After all, if you think Rodgers should be in the conversation with Matt Ryan who is ten points higher rated than you must (unless you are a hypocrite….) think that Tannehill should be in the conversation as being as good or better than Rodgers — after all he is only rated less than 7 points behind Rodgers, nothing compared to the 10+ point gulf separating Matt Ryan and Rodgers.
Sam Bradford is barely behind Rodgers in QB rating with the worst o-line and a the worst run game. If you graded on a curve for circumstances and supporting cast then you would not dare to mention Rodgers as being anywhere near as good as Bradford….
My God, Matt Ryan averages 2.2 yards MORE per ATTEMPT than Rodgers!
AND his team has a better won-loss record!
AND his team leads his division whereas Rodgers’ does not!
The premise that Rodgers should be in that conversation is the same as saying a defender with 10 sacks in 5th place behind a defender with 18.5 should be in the conversation as being the sack king of the year. The premise has surpassed mere Ridiculous speed and gone straight to Ludicrous speed.
If Rodgers wins the MVP, he promises to threw a online hissy fit.