Where would the Green Bay Packers be without quarterback Aaron Rodgers? The two-time regular season MVP has genuine claims for yet another individual accolade after a fantastic campaign and he could be on the verge of leading the Packers to another Super Bowl ring. If nothing else, Rodgers’ unique ability to keep plays alive when under pressure should ensure that Green Bay stay competitive and the NFC North champions will be confident of going deep into the postseason.
You could make a solid argument for future Hall of Famer Tom Brady or Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons but Rodgers’ stat line will give him a great chance of securing the MVP award. Rodgers completed 401 of his 610 pass attempts this season; a career-high in both completions and attempts. Furthermore, he led the league with 40 touchdown passes this year whilst throwing just seven interceptions – an incredible effort considering Green Bay’s apparent struggles on offense.
When Eddie Lacy and James Starks both suffered season-ending injuries in the first half of the campaign, the Packers were down and out. Even then, Rodgers predicted that Green Bay would “ run the table ” and they did. Six wins on the spin at the end of the regular season helped the Packers to pip the Detroit Lions to the NFC North title for the fifth time in six years. Mike McCarthy's men are in superb form and a first appearance in the main event since the 2010 season could be on the cards.
Rodgers ranked in the top four in a range of quarterback categories this season; with all these helping his chances of being named as the NFL MVP for 2016. As previously stated, he recorded more touchdown passes than anybody else whilst finishing fourth in passing yards, third in rushing yards and fifth in rushing touchdowns. In addition, Rodgers became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 40 touchdowns in multiple seasons; yet another statistic that supports his claim for the accolade.
At the time of writing, Rodgers might just be the best quarterback in the National Football League and the Packers stand a great chance of getting over their recent postseason demons if he can maintain his form. The Seattle Seahawks have broken Green Bay hearts on a number of occasions in recent years but this Packers side are at the peak of their powers. With a sturdy offensive line offering Rodgers ample amounts of time in the pocket, the Packers will be quietly confident of securing another championship, and Betway customers can back Rodgers & Co at 6/1 to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February.
Whether the Packers go all the way to the Super Bowl or not, one thing’s for sure: Rodgers deserves plenty of credit for leading Green Bay to the postseason with next to no running game out of the backfield. Wide receiver Ty Montgomery has matured into a competent option at running back but Rodgers has still had to carry the offense and cope with more pressure than usual this season - and that is why he is fully deserving of the MVP award.
To put Green Bay’s rushing struggles into perspective, the Packers rank in the lower half of the NFL in most running categories whilst matching the likes of the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons near the top of the passing categories. You could argue that Green Bay have always adopted a pass-heavy approach but Rodgers has really stepped up to the plate this year. With over 260 passing yards per game to just 106 rushing yards, the Packers offense is balanced enough to keep defenses honest but still relies on Rodgers’ skillset for success.
The regular season MVP will be named in the week leading up to the Super Bowl and Green Bay fans will be hoping that he can lead the Packers to another ring. The road to the showpiece event is tricky and Rodgers and his team will need a bit of luck but no turnovers since Week 10 of the regular season will certainly help their cause. After all, 'playoff football' is all about keeping the scoreboard ticking over and that is exactly what Aaron Rodgers is brilliant at.