Green Bay Packers: Will Aaron Rodgers Win 2011 NFL MVP?
After a 20-game streak that featured 15 players on injured reserve, the Packers were handed the opportunity to get their players rested and healed during the NFL lockout.
For Rodgers, it was a chance to study himself and get a break from the game as well. Despite not organizing any team workouts, Rodgers is putting together an MVP season.
Currently, he has 12 touchdown passes, two interceptions and 1,325 passing yards, good for a passer rating of 124.6. Furthermore, he has two rushing touchdowns. Also, the two interceptions were anything but "boneheaded" passes, the first being an amazing play by linebacker Brian Urlacher, and the second a tipped pass to wide receiver James Jones.
Brady has a league leading 1,553 passing yards and will most likely break Dan Marino's passing yards record. However, he has also thrown five interceptions after throwing four all of last year.
Drew Brees is playing much better than last season, but is still averaging 8.1 yards per passing attempt to Rodgers' 9.4 average. He has also thrown two more interceptions than Rodgers.
Philip Rivers will get back on his feet sooner rather than later in my opinion. He currently has six interceptions to just five touchdown passes, but you don't have three consecutive seasons of a passer rating higher than 100 by accident. I won't count him out just yet.
But there's more to this MVP race than that.
Rodgers got off to a slow start this season regarding his ability to run, but that definitely took off last week when he ran for 36 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers also has a completion percentage of 73, to Brady's 66 and Brees' 69 percents.
All that while Rodgers has thrown 141 passing attempts to Brady's 163, and Brees 174. At Brees' rate, Rodgers would already have 1,635 passing yards and 15 touchdown passes.
Like I said, there's still a lot of season left to go but as of now, at least according to the numbers, Rodgers is the favorite to win the MVP award.
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