Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers came into the 2020 NFL season as a relatively unknown team. Many thought they would take a major step back from the 2019 season, where they made a run to the NFC Championship Game. Others believed that they would be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
While there were quite a few differing opinions on what to expect from the Packers as a team, no one expected Rodgers to put together the kind of season that he has so far.
During the offseason, the Packers made some head-scratching decisions. They decided to not bring in another weapon for Rodgers to use in the NFL Draft and instead traded up in the first round to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Obviously, Love will end up being the successor to Rodgers in Green Bay.
In the second round, the franchise drafted running back A.J. Dillon. Neither rookie was the kind of help that Rodgers needed last season.
Despite the questionable decisions from the Packers’ front office, the team has performed above expectations on the field. They are indeed a serious Super Bowl contender with Rodgers leading the way.
Through the first 14 games of the season, Rodgers has completed 69.6 percent of his pass attempts for 3,828 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. He has also scored three touchdowns on the ground to go along with 126 yards.
Rodgers is one of the front-runners to win the NFL MVP award. He is mainly competing with Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes for that award. Derrick Henry is another name that many believe should be in the conversation.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at three reasons Aaron Rodgers should win the NFL MVP award this season.
3. Aaron Rodgers Has Done More With Less
First up, the Packers do not have the kind of supporting cast for Rodgers that the Chiefs do for Mahomes. Davante Adams is arguably the best wide receiver in the game, but the same can be said for Tyreek Hill in Kansas City.
Looking deeper at the group of weapons for both quarterbacks, the Packers have Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard at wide receiver behind Adams. Kansas City has Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson. The real difference comes at tight end, where the Packers have a solid Robert Tonyan and the Chiefs have one of the best in the business in Travis Kelce.
It may not be a night and day difference, but the Chiefs have better weapons. Rodgers has actually outperformed Mahomes with less talent around him.
2. The Touchdown-To-Interception Ratio Matters
Both of these quarterbacks are without a question MVP worthy. However, coming into Week 15, Aaron Rodgers was without a doubt better outside of the number of yards gained through the air. Rodgers had thrown 40 touchdowns and four interceptions, while Mahomes had thrown 36 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Rodgers had also scored three touchdowns compared to the two rushing touchdowns for Mahomes. The rushing numbers may not mean a ton, but they are still a valuable statistic to keep track of.
Granted, that isn’t a huge difference, but it is important. Aaron Rodgers had scored five more total touchdowns than Mahomes. That alone should be taken notice of.
1. Let’s Be Real, Aaron Rodgers Deserves The Recognition
Finally, let’s be perfectly honest about something very important. Patrick Mahomes has been the new hot topic in the NFL over the last few years. He is the highest-paid quarterback in league history, and rightfully so.
However, Aaron Rodgers is 37 years old and has been receiving a ton of criticism from around the league over the last couple of years. Some have called him “washed up” while others have said that he was no longer an elite quarterback. Aaron Rodgers has proved everyone wrong and shut all of the critics up this season.
Even though Mahomes and Rodgers have very similar numbers and Mahomes has out-gained Rodgers through the air, the NFL needs to acknowledge Rodgers. He is playing at such a high level this late in his career. Rodgers is one of the best to ever do it.
Aaron Rodgers deserves to win the MVP award this season. After hearing so much criticism, he has bounced back stronger than ever and should be rewarded for doing so.
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