NFL MVP: The No. 1 Reason Why Drew Brees Deserves It over Aaron Rodgers

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IJanuary 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Drew Brees #9 celebrates after a touchdown with  Chase Daniel #10 of the New Orleans Saints during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Asking to choose the NFL MVP is like trying to decide which girl to ask out: the homecoming queen or the head cheerleader. No one could argue against either decision. 

Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees present a lot of similarities. Their passing numbers are astronomical; They both are asked to carry their teams on their backs because their defenses give up a ton of yards, and, at times, a ton of points.

The Green Bay Packers, though, are the defending Super Bowl champs and with that comes the burden of always getting the opponent's best shot (See Kansas City Chiefs Week 15).

Through the first sixteen weeks of the NFL season, my vote for MVP would have gone to Aaron Rodgers.

But then this happened on the final week of the regular season: 31-for-44, 480 yards, six touchdowns and 45 total points.

That's not the stat line of Drew Brees against six-win Carolina. That's the work of Packers' backup quarterback Matt Flynn against a playoff-bound team.

Flynn did this to the same Detroit Lions that basically held Rodgers in check until Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the Lions' defense self-destructed on Thanksgiving Day.

Unlike past Detroit teams, these Lions were fighting for playoff positioning in the final week of the regular season.

Flynn's performance was not only an audition for the other 31 teams in the NFL (he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season), but was wholly necessary for the Packers to eek out a four-point victory over Matthew Stafford and Megatron.


This is not to say that Rodgers isn't the best player in the league, but Flynn's performance suggests that he may not be the most valuable.

The Packers have in Flynn what most NFL teams so desperately need: a competent backup quarterback. Flynn has proven to be more than just competent. The fact that Green Bay coach Mike McCarthey called 47 pass plays (including sacks) and just 23 rushes (not including one kneel down) shows that Flynn can do more than just manage a football game.

Had Rodgers suffered a Brady-like injury back in Week 1, I'm willing to bet that Flynn would have still had the Packers in the playoffs. I don't think that can be said about the backup for the Brees (Chase Daniel) or Tom Brady (Brian Hoyer).

If one of the 50 AP voters happens to stumble upon this article before casting his/her vote for MVP, remember that you are voting for the most valuable player and not necessarily the most outstanding player.