Making the Case for Aaron Rodgers as the NFL's Most Valuable Player

Matt SmithContributor IIINovember 14, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 31-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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JJ Watt, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers.

Ask any person who is in their top five for the MVP and you'll find those four included almost all of the time, given that you're talking to a person who doesn't count JJ Watt's defensive player status against him.

In the end, it doesn't matter who's in your top 10, top five or top three. All that matters is who your top choice is, and who the voters vote for.

After Week 10, the MVP picture is a little cloudy, but it's mostly clear as to whom the MVP should be: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

The main criteria when determining the MVP are personal statistics, surrounding talent and team success. 

While team success isn't as important as personal statistics when determining the MVP, the MVP isn't likely to come from a losing team or even one that doesn't make the playoffs.

All four of the aforementioned players' teams are on track to make the playoffs, so that part of the equation isn't as much of a factor.

Aaron Rodgers has done enough in this category by leading his team to a respectable 6-3 record. While that won't necessarily help him, it won't hurt him.

Rodgers has also had to lead a team that has been ravaged by injuries perhaps more than any other team in the league. 

He lost his starting running back, No. 1 receiver (and No. 2 receiver for a short period of time) and now his starting right tackle.

That doesn't even include the injuries on the defensive side of the ball.

Though the fact that he's led an injury-riddled team with a borderline one-dimensional offense will likely help his cause, detractors could point out that he still has talented players like Randall Cobb and James Jones on his team.

Even discounting the fact that his team's been hit hard, Rodgers has had plenty of personal success and has put up MVP-caliber stats.

Rodgers is on pace for 4,236 yards, 44 touchdown passes and nine interceptions on a 67.0 percent completion rate. 

Don't forget about his scrambling ability though, as he's also on pace to gain a respectable 288 yards on the ground.

Those projected numbers aren't as good as last year's, but Rodgers will have the opportunity to improve upon those numbers against bad pass defenses such as the ones the Lions (twice), Titans and Giants have.

Rodgers' numbers are pretty good right now, but they should only get better as the year goes on.

Add in that his team is hot right now, has been struck by a string of injuries and has a one-dimensional offense that keys in on him, and you've got a pretty compelling argument as to why Rodgers should be the MVP of the 2012 season.