2012 NFL Predictions: Aaron Rodgers Will Repeat as League MVP

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIAugust 7, 2012

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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The Green Bay Packers were the best team in the NFL during the 2011 regular season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was arguably the league's top player, so it was no surprise when he was named the league's MVP. In 2012 the Packers look to be just as good, if not better, and Rodgers will repeat as the NFL's MVP.

The Packers are stacked offensively as they return virtually everyone from last season. While center Scott Wells and running back Ryan Grant are gone, all the other key players are back. And the offense might actually be better this season.

Rodgers has no fewer than seven legitimate targets to throw to with receivers Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb leading the way. Throw in tight end Jermichael Finley and running back James Starks and Rodgers should be able to spread the ball around just like he did in 2011. Last season all seven of the players listed above caught 25 or more passes. 

In 2011 Rodgers completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,643 yards, with 45 touchdowns and just six interceptions in the 15 games he played. He also broke the NFL's single-season quarterback rating mark by posting a ridiculous 122.5 rating. 

The Packers had a disappointing showing in the postseason after posting a 15-1 regular-season record. In their opening playoff game they fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants 37-20. It was a shocking loss that shook the league. Green Bay had looked invincible for much of the season and the loss was completely unexpected. 

This year Rodgers and company should be plenty motivated to make sure that doesn't happen again. I expect them to be clicking on all cylinders when the season kicks off. The team's offense should be just as dangerous and Rodgers will garner plenty of MVP consideration as a result. Don't be surprised if he takes home the trophy again.