Early NFL Prediction: Will Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers Win MVP Award?

Bob FoxContributor ISeptember 16, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers grets a pass away in the fourth quarter during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Yes, I know the 2013 NFL season is just two weeks old. As of right now, though, the early candidates for NFL MVP would be two quarterbacks. One is Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, while the other is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

Let's compare the two signal-callers after two games.

Manning leads the NFL with a 131.0 quarterback rating. Rodgers is second in the league with a 127.2 rating. Manning also leads the NFL with nine touchdown passes, while Rodgers is tied for second in the league with seven alongside Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers.

No. 18 has not thrown an interception yet this season, while No. 12 has thrown just one.

Rodgers leads the league in passing yards with 813. Manning is third with 769 yards. Rodgers has a 69.6 completion percentage, while Manning has a mark of 67.1.

Again it's early, but Rodgers is on a pace to throw 56 touchdown passes, compared to just 8 interceptions for 6,504 yards. Talk about mind-boggling statistics.

Still, Rodgers has averaged 42 touchdown passes, compared to just seven picks for 4,469 yards the past two seasons.

Both quarterbacks know how it feels to be MVP, both in the regular season and in the Super Bowl.

Manning has won the NFL MVP award four times (2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009). He was also the MVP of Super Bowl XLI. Rodgers won the NFL MVP award in 2011 and was MVP of Super Bowl XLV.

Manning also finished second in NFL MVP voting in 2012 with 19.5 votes, as running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings won the award with 30.5 votes. Rodgers didn't get a vote, but he sure should have from the 50 media members who voted on the award.

Rodgers actually had better numbers than Manning in some key categories.

His QB rating (108.0) was better than Manning's (105.8). Rodgers threw 39 touchdown passes to just eight picks. In comparison, Manning threw 37 touchdown passes to 11 picks.

Manning did throw for more yardage and had a higher completion percentage than Rodgers, accumulating 4,659 yards and a 68.6 rate compared to 4,295 and 67.2 for the leader of the Pack.

The bottom line is Rodgers deserved some recognition from the voters based on the year he had in 2012.

There is still a long way to go in the 2013 season, but based on early results, this year's NFL MVP will be either Manning or Rodgers.

Both have been there and done that.