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Who Is the Green Bay Packers' MVP of the 2013 Season?
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Has Eddie Lacy been the MVP for the Packers this season?

With the Green Bay Packers' 2013 NFL season winding down, it's getting to that time when awards are handed out. And no award is as important or meaningful as team MVP.

Now in any other year, the Most Valuable Player Award would almost certainly go to quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, with the Pro Bowler sidelined with a fractured collarbone for the majority of the second half of the season, it's opened up the competition to a handful of new faces.

Let's take a look at the top five MVP candidates for the Packers heading into the second-to-last week of the season.

 

5. Matt Flynn, Quarterback

Matt Flynn's Season Stats
Games Passing Yards Passing Touchdowns Interceptions QB Rating
4 914 6 3 91.1

Via NFL.com

Flynn's MVP moment came in his comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys last week. He led the Packers on five scoring drives in the second half, throwing four touchdown passes along the way.

The problem with Flynn is that he's only played in a handful of games for the Packers. However, if he finishes the season as the starter for Green Bay and leads them to the playoffs, he'd have to be considered a much likelier MVP candidate.

Of course, it's possible that Flynn doesn't play another game this season. If that happens, his clutch-ness against Dallas was still enough to make him one of the most valuable players on Green Bay's roster.

 

4. Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver

Jordy Nelson's Season Stats
Games Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
14 72 1,107 8

Via NFL.com

There may not be a more underrated receiver in the league than Nelson. 

Despite having to deal with four different quarterbacks this season, Nelson remains a constant threat to opposing defenses. His 1,107 yards are the second most he's had in a season, and with two games remaining he has a good chance at having a career year for receiving yards.

What truly makes Nelson so great is the fact that his hands are some of the best in the NFL. He rarely drops a football, and it seems like every game he makes at least one reception that firmly plants your jaw on the floor.

Nelson's consistency throughout the season and his ability to make big plays are what ultimately makes him an MVP candidate this season.

 

3. Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers' Season Stats
Games Passing Yards Passing Touchdowns Interceptions QB Rating
8 2,218 15 4 108.0

Via NFL.com

Yes, I know Rodgers has only played in eight games for the Packers. However, there is no doubt that he still belongs on this list.

For starters, just look at what Rodgers did when he was on the field. His 108.0 quarterback rating is currently the fourth best in the NFL. He also led the team to a 5-2 record while he was the starting quarterback.

What ultimately makes Rodgers one of the most valuable players on the roster is how bad the Packers have been without him. In fact, had the Packers completely collapsed without Rodgers, it's likely that he would have won the team MVP award.

 

2. A.J. Hawk, Inside Linebacker

A.J. Hawk's Season Stats
Games Total Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Interceptions
14 110 5.0 1 0

Via NFL.com

For as much criticism as Hawk has received throughout his career, he's finally been able to silence his critics this season.

His five sacks are already a career high, and he's only 11 tackles away from having the most tackles he's ever had in a season. While the statistics are great, it's been Hawk's leadership on the defensive side of the football that has been so valuable to the Packers.

He's taken control of this defense and has been making the plays to back up his talk. This has easily been the best season of Hawk's professional career, and he's easily been the Defensive Player of the Year for the Packers.

Unfortunately, his shot at being team MVP is ruined because of a rookie.

 

1. Eddie Lacy, Running Back

Eddie Lacy's Season Stats
Games Rushing Yards Yards Per Carry Receiving Yards Total Touchdowns
13 1,028 4.1 236 8

Via NFL.com

This one really shouldn't be too surprising to anyone. Not only has Lacy been the MVP of the Packers this season, but he's also the main reason why this team still has a chance at making the playoffs with only two games remaining.

Lacy's 1,028 rushing yards are enough for the seventh-most amongst running backs this year. Furthermore, he's been graded as the third best running back in the league by Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

What made Lacy so valuable early in the season was his ability to take pressure off Rodgers and the passing game. Why Lacy's so valuable now is because he's become the No. 1 option on offense and his production hasn't dropped at all.

There's a great chance that Lacy will get some national recognition by winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, but he's also running away with the Packers MVP award.

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