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Tom Brady won the MVP for his second time last season, after having one of the most efficient performances in NFL history. He is unlikely to repeat that performance or his record setting 2007 season. Brady is a victim of his own success. He will constantly be measured by those two seasons, and unfortunately, may never win another MVP because he can’t live up to his own standard.
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have that problem. Yet. While Rodgers wasn’t nearly as efficient as he could have been, his struggles were in the early part of the season. He caught fire after Halloween, lasting all the way through the Super Bowl.
Rodgers, like almost every quarterback, is the most valuable player on his team. The quarterback's value is in the sense that they make everything on the offensive side of the ball happen. They set the tone for the team. If you have a bad quarterback in the NFL, your team is bad.
Rodgers might be sneaking up on Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning to grab the mantle as the best quarterback in the league. That immediately makes him a contender for MVP. The fact that the Green Bay Packers are loaded on the offensive side of the ball makes him the favorite coming out of the gate.
Runner Up: Tom Brady, New England Patriots