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Did Matt Flynn's Huge Game Hurt Aaron Rodgers Chances at MVP?

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is chased out of the pocket while playing the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIJanuary 5, 2012

After Matt Flynn's huge breakout game in which he put up 480 yards and six touchdown passes, I found myself wondering, if Flynn could put up these numbers, does it diminish Aaron Rodgers' season at all and should he lose the MVP to Drew Brees?

Flynn set Packers records for passing yards in a game and touchdowns in a game. He truly had a great performance and he will likely parlay it into a nice contract for next season. But if Flynn could put up these stats, could you make the argument that anyone in the Packer's system would have an MVP quality season no matter what? 

I think this question has multiple answers. The Packers do in fact have a great offense. They have perhaps the deepest receiving core in the NFL. Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jermichael Finley are all very talented. The Packers have a decent, but not stellar, running game which leads them to pass the ball an awful lot. 

Now I don't want to put down Rodgers in any way, he's definitely a superb talent, but honestly I feel like his stats are somewhat inflated by the system he plays in. If he was on a lesser team, I really doubt he would put up a 45 TD and six interception season. I think that if you insert any quality NFL quarterback in the Packer offense, they'd put up ridiculous numbers. Maybe not a +39 TD/Int ratio, but pretty close to it. If Flynn could throw for almost 500 yards, without Greg Jennings, how would Brady or Brees or Rivers do?

Now the big question that I sought out to answer is does Aaron Rodgers still deserve the MVP this year after Flynn's big game against Detroit? I think that despite my belief that Rodgers has inflated numbers, that he should get the nod over Brees for the MVP award.

I base this on the fact that although Rodgers played in a place that gives him a competitive advantage, he still performed at a ridiculously high level even though I think others could have done the same thing if they were in Rodgers' shoes.

His numbers were similar to Tom Brady's 2007 campaign in which he had 50 TDs against eight interceptions, and he played in 16 games while Rodgers only played in 15. So, their per game average is almost identical, therefore going off precedent, Rodgers should get it.

I think Rodgers should and will win the MVP award this season, despite the performance of his backup in his absence. Few quarterbacks in the league compete at the high level of Aaron Rodgers week in and week out, and he deserves to be recognized for it.  

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