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.
Why is Rodgers the favorite to win the MVP Award?
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.
Stats highlight how elite Rodgers was in the regular season
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.
Don’t forget the injury
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.
Will Rodgers guide Green Bay to the Super Bowl?
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!