With the voting completed (but not yet announced) for the AP NFL MVP, let's run down who we think has the best odds of taking home the 2011 award.
The MVP will be announced the Saturday before the Super Bowl.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
It's starting to look as if the voting for MVP will be a landslide for Rodgers. If the AP's All-Pro team is any indication, Rodgers will be a runaway winner. The Packers quarterback captured 47.5 of the 50 total votes for that distinction.
In addition, ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde has run a non-official MVP voting poll in recent days over Twitter. Of the 15 or so responses from verifiable voters, all have been for Rodgers. It's going to take an overwhelming majority of the remaining voters for Brees to have a chance. In the end, the voters (apparently) have made the right choice.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
The numbers and records speak for themselves, but Brees again caught a terrible year to put together a career season. A runner-up in 2008, Brees looks destined to repeat that honor again in 2011. Rodgers simply had too perfect of a season to place Brees' numbers and records ahead of his.
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Despite throwing for 5,235 yards, a number that easily would have broken Dan Marino's record had Brees not done it first, Brady will finish a distant third. However, in this season of quarterbacking play, that's nothing to sneeze about. He would have been a serious contender in almost any other season in NFL history.