The NFL handed out their awards on Saturday night and they were about as predictable as expected. The Green Bay Packers weren’t shut out, but they didn’t collect the big award.
After watching his team completely torch ours, it should be no surprise that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan beat out Aaron Rodgers for the league’s MVP and offensive player of the year awards.
Although playoffs have nothing to do with those awards, we got a first-hand glimpse — twice, in fact — of Ryan’s greatness in 2016. Unlike Rodgers, who only decided to show up when his team’s back was against the wall, Ryan was excellent throughout.
While Rodgers led the league with 40 touchdown passes, Ryan bested him in every other important statistical category. Ryan went for 4,944 yards, 38 TDs and seven interceptions. He averaged an amazing 9.3 per attempt and had a 117.1 rating.
Rodgers threw for 4,428, averaged 7.1 per attempt and had a rating of 104.2.
The good news, if you’re a Packers fan, is Jordy Frickin’ Nelson.
Comeback player of the year.
We had once surmised that Nelson might lose this award to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. However, when Nelson won both the Pro Football Writer’s and the Sporting News comeback player awards, that pretty much signaled he had it locked up.
What could you possibly say about what that guy did in 2016 after missing all of 2015? Nelson had 1,257 yards receiving and led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions.
He also put everyone on notice (again). Don’t ever underestimate Jordy Frickin’ Nelson!
Well deserved, son!