Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming favorite to be named the NFL MVP for the second season in a row.
Of course, Green Bay Packers fans will already know this, however there still seems to be plenty of debate around the topic with many continuing to suggest that the quarterback does not deserve the crown; a notion which actually seems rather absurd.
If, or perhaps when, Rodgers manages to claim the MVP title, he will become just the fifth player to be able to boast winning the award in consecutive seasons, following in the footsteps of the legendary figures of Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Joe Montana, and Jim Brown.
As mentioned, Rodgers has been comfortably touted by a number of different people as this season’s NFL MVP, with the Unibet Sportsbook Indiana has to offer punters making him the clear favorite as well.
In fact, when you take a closer look at the odds, Tampa’s Tom Brady and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow simply do not appear to stand a chance in the race, despite being considered the second and third favorite.
That should pay testament to how good Rodgers has been this season, although he still obtains his critics. However, some of that outside noise is perhaps due to events away from Lambeau Field and off the pitch.
Naturally, his stats will have played a huge role in helping to elevate his status as the No. 1 MVP candidate, although it is no surprise to Green Bay fans as they are used to seeing the elite quarterback continue to perform, even when he is unhappy or is carrying an injury (more on that later, though).
His figures for the regular season show that he has had a 68.9% completion rate, with each of his last five matches showing that he managed to have a completion rate of over 70% in each game.
He threw for a total of 4,115 yards and managed to throw for 37 touchdowns, which was the same as Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes, whilst only Justin Herbert (38), Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady (both 41) threw more. Additionally, Rodgers had only thrown four interceptions all season long which is the fewest of the quarterbacks as Russell Wilson threw two more than he did which was the closest.
Those figures held Rodgers to have a passer rating of 111.9 for the regular season, too.
Let’s not forget, Rodgers also managed to do all of this whilst he was far from being 100% throughout the season.
He missed one game in which he had to sit out of the Kansas City Chiefs game, however he managed to play in every other game that the Packers had despite having revealed that he was suffering from a fractured toe.
He revealed that he had fractured his pinky toe in a warm-up session after working toward the Week 10 fixture against Seattle Seahawks and stated that he would not miss out on any game time; a promise he managed to keep.
This injury makes his claim for MVP even more legitimate as he managed to continue to perform to an elite level. The first game against the Seahawks perhaps showed signs that he was struggling as it was the only game in which he did not throw for a touchdown whilst it was the last time he threw an interception. After that, Rodgers coped exceptionally well and looked like a prime MVP candidate.
Although it might simply be too early to tell at the moment, there is every reason to suggest that Rodgers could lead the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
The Packers have the luxury of a week’s rest after acquiring the bye as the No. 1 seed, whilst they also have home-field advantage, which could make life difficult for any of the teams that they go up against, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, should Brady be able to take his team past the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hopefully, Lambeau Field will be the home of the MVP winner once again, but also the Super Bowl Champions!
The single best year long performance by a QB I have ever seen.
I don’t know. I am not a Tom Brady fan, but Brady has far more yards and touchdowns than Rodgers, on a team that doesn’t have much of a running game. Rodgers this year is just not as good as Rodgers last year. Rodgers had far more TDs last season and 1 more INT. The only reason Brady kind of fell out of favor was because he had some weak games in the middle of the season. In late December, early January, as the playoffs approach, Brady clearly out played Rodgers.
Lol huh? What? Brady has outplayed Rodgers? Um stop trolling.
Tom Brady has thrown for more TD’s and yards than Rodgers. Brady and Joe Burrow lead in every major statistical category except completion percentage. The only category Rodgers comes in first. The argument goes that Rodgers means more to his team and therefore deserves the award. You can make the same argument about Brady and the Bucs. The Bucs weren’t even a playoff team let alone a SB winner without Brady and he’s on the cusp of winning back to back. While second year QB Joe Burrow, coming back from major knee injury in the difficult AFC central, won their division for the first time in 20 years. If you go strictly by stats, and many of you do, then it has to go to Tom Brady. I’d vote Joe Burrow. No one expected the Bengals to be a playoff team let alone a division winner. While Rodgers was expect to win a very weak NFC central. Along with Rodgers having a better supporting cast than Burrow. You don’t hear Brady and Burrow shamelessly whore themselves for the award. That’s an Erin Rodgers exclusive. Imagine having a QB like Brady and Burrow more interested in winning a SB. What a concept.
Blah blah blah. I’m not a Packers fan. Jordan Love can win as many games. Aaron Rodgers sucks. Bring Tom B here so WE can suck his dick.
For $10 who am I? Hint… I’m not named Skip.
Brady had a little less than 200 more pass attempts than Rodgers and Burrow. Brady should have substantially more yards and TDs than Rodgers and Burrow. The problem for Brady is all his average yards per attempt, TD%, completion %, etc are less than Rodgers and Burrow except for one stat in comparison to Burrow. The shear volume of throws by Brady does not get you the MVP.
The interesting thing about Rodgers and Burrow is they both had the exact same quantity of completions during the season. They are easy to compare as far as stats go. I would also put Burrow over Rodgers except for one glaring problem. Burrow threw way to many Ints. Burrow had a substantially higher int percentage than both Rodgers (best) and Brady. In addition in 5 of the Bengals 7 losses Burrow threw 10 of his 14 regular season Ints. In all but one of those five losses Burrow threw multiple Ints. Burrow is a young and upcoming QB. If he can get his Ints under control the Bengals should win more games and Burrow stands a better chance of being an NFL MVP.
Thank you Howard for a thoughtful and fact filled post. I was just about to post about Bradys number of attempts and his average yards per attempt. Also spot on about Burrow. He has been great at times and not so great at others. They guy is going to be a super star for years to come. But no way he is MVP this year. I also disagree with the assertion that Burrow has so many fewer weapons than Arodge. Chase is an absolute animal and their RB core is pretty solid. So the gap isnt that significant.
As usual, Howard again, is the voice of reason and common sense.
I wouldn’t be surprised if either Rodgers or Brady won it.
I’m not going to waste my time and break each down, if you don’t know by now, you GNF anyway.
Let’s be honest…
They both have earned it in their own right.
I’m ok with either.
Since he was brought up….Burrow’s problem with being an MVP is multiple….
The Bengals really haven’t won anything yet.
It shouldn’t matter, but it matters.
Burrow is just starting to get name recognition.
Being in the playoffs…helps.
With that said….I haven’t seen him play much.
But i will say this looking at his numbers
This cat is impressive…Who throws for 4,600 yards, 70% completions, 8.9 average!?
While getting sacked 51 times. And who knows how many QB hits…
Who does that?
I don’t care who you are…that’s impressive.
This young man is special…seemingly, on the field and off.
As long as his team makes the right moves and supports him…the sky’s the limit with this kid.
By that i mean….you can have all the talent in the world…See Dallas, the Browns.
But that doesn’t win you shit.
You need management, coaching to build a Championship team.
Physically and mentally.
Teams win Championships.
That’s right sweetheart. My name isn’t Skip. And my momma didn’t name me Ferris either….
When was the last time there was a “sure thing” at QB in the draft? I think Burrow is the last one in over 10 years. My Brother said maybe Mahomes, but I dont remember anyone actually saying Mahomes was a lock to be a super start during the draft. Burrow has lived up to the hype; he was and is a sure thing.
Rodgers choked again for another season. If you can’t make it to the last game, what’s it all worth?