There isn’t much that Aaron Rodgers hasn’t accomplished in his certain Hall of Fame career. He’s a member of the HOF All-2010s Team, a nine-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro, Super Bowl Champion and two-time NFL MVP. He’s thrown for over 50,000 yards, more than 400 touchdowns and completed over 65 percent of his passes. Rodgers’ 2020 season at the age of 37 ranks as arguably the finest in his brilliant career. To top it off, bookmakers are strongly favoring him to possibly win this year’s MVP.
Rodgers began the 2020 season with four touchdowns and nearly 73 percent completion percentage in a 43-34 win over the Vikings. He stayed hot through the first four games, again throwing for four touchdowns in a 14-point win over the Falcons in week four. Through the first quarter of the season, Rodgers had 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The only clunker of the season was the game in week six against the Buccaneers. In very uncharacteristic fashion, Rodgers completed under 50 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 28-point loss. He rebounded with three masterful performances, throwing 11 touchdowns and no interceptions and finished the first half of the season with 24 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Starting the second half at 6-2, the Packers split the next two games against the Jaguars and Colts. Rodgers threw for 5 touchdowns and two interceptions in those games before going on a great streak over the past six weeks, all victories. Rodgers completed well over 70 percent of his passes, 19 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
For the season, Rodgers completed nearly 71 percent of his passes for 4299 yards, 48 touchdowns, five interceptions and a quarterback rating of 121.5. He led the league in completion percentage, touchdowns, touchdown percentage, lowest interception percentage, and quarterback rating.
Rodgers’ 2020 season puts him in the middle of the conversation for league MVP. Patrick Mahomes will be in the conversation after leading the Chiefs to a 15-1 record. He threw for more yards than Rodgers (4740 to 4299) but ten less touchdowns and one more interception. It can also be argued that Green Bay’s skilled players, although quite good, don’t match up to those with the Chiefs, making Rodgers’ statistics even more impressive. Down in Houston, DeShaun Watson threw for over 4800 yards and 33 touchdowns, but MVP awards generally don’t go to players on 4-12 teams.
Perhaps Rodgers’ biggest challenge is Titans running back Derrick Henry, who rushed for 2025 yards and 17 touchdowns. He joins O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, Chris Johnson, and Adrian Peterson as the only players in NFL history to surpass 2000 yards rushing in a season.
Rodgers has a very good shot and not only winning his third NFL MVP, but to take the Packers back to the Super Bowl and perhaps claim his second Super Bowl title.
Seasons in @NFL history with 40+ TD passes & 7 or fewer INTs:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 4, 2021
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finished first in the NFL in…
– Comp%, 70.7
– Passing TDs, 48
– TD%, 9.1
– INT%, 0.95
– Passer rating, 121.5
– QBR, 84.4
– ANY/A, 8.89
– PFF grade, 94.5
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) January 4, 2021
This is wild! 🤯
Aaron Rodgers finishes the season with more touchdown passes than the number of times the Packers punted. pic.twitter.com/qqgSKsWWDj
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 4, 2021