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Is Aaron Rodgers Once Again The NFL MVP?

  • The Draft Network
  • December 20, 2021
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The Green Bay Packers held on to defeat the Tyler Huntley-led Baltimore Ravens in Week 15’s surprisingly close game, improving their record to 11-3 and in control of the top seed in the NFC, a first-round bye, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Packers are NFC favorites to get to the Super Bowl, which means it’s time—once again—that Aaron Rodgers be considered 2021’s NFL MVP.

Rodgers is maddeningly good. He’s the same guy, week in and week out, year in and year out. And what makes his game so magnificent is that the ‘same guy’ is a Hall-of-Famer doing Hall-of-Fame things. Seriously, look at this throw against the Ravens; it’s one that would be a career highlight if made by any other quarterback. For Rodgers, it’s just another day at the office:

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Rodgers has been so good for so long that he’s now tied with Brett Favre for the most touchdown passes in Packers history: 442.

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Rodgers is no stranger to the MVP award. He’s the defending champ after winning it in 2020 following a remarkable season of nearly 4,300 passing yards and a career-high 48 touchdowns. The Packers went 13-3. In 2014, Rodgers’ second MVP season, he threw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns. Green Bay went 12-4. This season, he’s on pace for 4,560 yards and 39 touchdowns. The Packers should win at least 12, if not 13 games. 2021 is certainly trending like Rodgers’ MVP seasons of the past.

Helping Rodgers’ cause was the uncharacteristically poor performance from Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday night. Arizona Cardinals star, Kyler Murray, is no longer a legitimate candidate. There’s always Patrick Mahomes, of course, and with the Kansas City Chiefs playing like the AFC’s best team, he’ll be in the mix down the stretch.

But it’d be fitting if Rodgers wins it this year, wouldn’t it? His 2021 season began in a tumultuous fashion with a near-trade and a press conference that all but scorched the entire Packers organization. Then came his COVID-19 vaccination controversy which seemed to make him Public Enemy No. 1. It’s seemed to fuel his assault on the league; Rodgers has thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions over the last month.

Green Bay’s win on Sunday secured their third-straight NFC North championship. It feels like the first of several goals the team will check off over the next three games.

"I think at moments like this, it's important, as much as you win with class, you have to savor these a little bit. These are special," Rodgers said after the game. "I think it's important to keep that perspective on how special accomplishing this is three years in a row."

Winning four MVP awards would be a pretty special accomplishment, too, especially if Rodgers goes back-to-back as the league’s most dominant force.

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