Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
Aaron Rodgers was all smiles after six TD passes on Sunday.
As we have illustrated in prior installments, the NFL Most Valuable Player award has been heavily slanted toward the best quarterback in the league. The MVP voting has awarded a quarterback with the past five trophies, and with so much emphasis placed on the passing game, you would imagine it would be six straight after this year.
So, that begs the question, how do you measure who is the best quarterback in the league?
If it's by winning percentage, Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is the only undefeated starting quarterback in the league.
If it's by touchdown passes, then you want Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who has 16 touchdown passes to just four interceptions, thanks to his six-touchdown game against Houston. Rodgers also leads the NFL after six weeks in QB passer rating with a 105.4 mark.
If you want passing yards, then your man is New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, who has thrown for 1,845 yards in six games.
Some people like the quarterback that can average the most passing yards per game. Well that would be New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who averages 344 yards per game, but has played one less game than Brady due to a bye week.
How about completion percentage? Then it would be Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, who leads the NFL with a staggering percentage of 70.2.
Perhaps you prefer the overall matrix measurements like ESPN's QBR ranking system. In that case, the NFL leader is Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning with a QBR rating of 79.4.
Maybe you like guys who throw the ball downfield, so you like high yards-per-attempt passers. In that case, it is Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton who leads the NFL with an average of 8.49 yards per attempt.
To further muddy things up, we will also throw out the names of four quarterbacks that don't lead the league in any of the categories, but are having a very solid year. They are New York Giants QB Eli Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith and Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco.
As you can see, the field is wide open and no single quarterback is dominating his peers this season. If things continue like this, then it is entirely possible for a wide receiver or running back to come out of the pack and claim the MVP award this year.
Thanks for checking out the presentation. We will see you next week for the Week 7 installment.