At the age of 37, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. In a year where he has already reached a number of different milestones, is he is on course for his third MVP award?
Rodgers has hardly put a foot wrong so far in 2020. After 12 games, he has thrown 36 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. He tops the quarterback charts in touchdowns and his quarterback rating of 84.6 is only bettered by Patrick Mahomes.
Green Bay and Rodgers will be aiming to go all the way to the Super Bowl this season. They are 9-3 through those opening 12 games, which puts them in the driving seat in the NFC North, and in with a good chance of securing the number one seed in the NFC Conference.
The final six weeks of the season is the chance for Rodgers to really make a case for being the regular season MVP. This is the stage of the campaign where there is a lot of pressure on the QB in games. His experience of handling those situations will stand Green Bay really well.
Performances like we saw from Rodgers in his side’s latest victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, where he threw three touchdowns, passed for 295 yards and had a completion rate of 25-34, have become the norm now. The Packers QB makes the game look so easy, and even when he does come under some pressure, he has the ability to make some plays that keep the drive alive.
It has been six years since Rodgers last won the biggest individual prize in the sport. Only five players in history have won the award three times so he would be joining a very select club that includes some of the all-time greats of the sport.
The NFL odds on bet365 suggest it is Mahomes who is leading the race for the MVP award. The Chiefs QB is the -500 favorite, Rodgers is next best at +400, followed by the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen at +1600.
Mahomes won the prize in 2018 in what was his first full season as the Chiefs’ starter. The 24-year-old led his team to the Super Bowl last season where he was the MVP in that game, continuing his impressive start to his NFL career.
The Chiefs are 11-1 after week 13 in what is their defense of their Vince Lombardi Trophy. No team has been able to win back-to-back titles since the New England Patriots managed that feat in 2005. Mahomes is doing a great job of keeping his team in with a great chance of matching the Patriots.
Just like Rodgers, Mahomes is right up there in all the main quarterback statistics. The one which really stands out though, is his two interceptions. He has managed the ball really well this season, and that might just be the difference when the judges make their decision this year.
It is going to be a fascinating end to the 2020 NFL season and all eyes will be on Rodgers and Mahomes in their bid to be the league’s very best.
It depends how the voters want to view it. If they are taking into account the Packers patchwork offense, sans Adams and Jones. vs. the Chiefs offensive weapons, then it’s Rodgers.
If they are looking at it from a distance with a broad stroke….it’s anybody’s to be won or lost in the last 4 games.
If the voting had to be in today, neither side could complain who won it. They are both very worthy. In fact… just maybe…that’s how it ends up when the season is over.
It’ll be interesting to see if history can repeat itself. In 1997, Favre and B. Sanders were CO-MVPs.