The last two seasons, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has put up stats that are out of this world. Combined over the past two years, Rodgers has thrown an amazing 84 touchdown passes, compared to just 14 interceptions.
Rodgers has also thrown for 8,938 yards over the 2011 and 2012 seasons, plus has a combined 115.25 quarterback rating.
Rodgers made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons, plus won the NFL MVP award in 2011. Rodgers also put up stats good enough to win in 2012 too, but the award went to running back Adrian Peterson, who had a fantastic season last year.
So, can Rodgers win the NFL MVP award this year? The answer is a resounding YES.
There are many reasons as to why.
For one, there is the track record of Rodgers. He is currently the highest rated quarterback in NFL history, with a career quarterback rating of 104.9.
Rodgers has had four consecutive seasons of having a quarterback rating of over 100. That is an amazing statistic. When Brett Favre preceded Rodgers as the starting quarterback of the Packers for 16 years, including three straight NFL MVP awards, Favre never had a quarterback rating above 100. The highest quarterback rating Favre ever had was a 99.5 mark in 1995.
Secondly, the Packers look to have a much better balanced offense in 2013, thanks to the additions of rookie running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. Rodgers should be able to utilize his play-action passes more often this year and be able to go deep more often.
In 2012, Rodgers often saw his defensive opponents playing their two safeties deep. Why? The defenses did not respect the running game of the Packers. That should all change in 2013.
Rodgers also has plenty of weapons in the passing game, even with the retirement of Donald Driver and Greg Jennings leaving the team via free agency.
Rodgers still has the Big Three, which has Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb as his primary wide receiver options. He still also has Jermichael Finley and a number of other options at tight end.
Finally, Rodgers should have more time to look down field, as the Packers have made some changes to the offensive line—a line that allowed Rodgers to get sacked 51 times in 2012.
The Packers have moved both tackle Bryan Bulaga and guard Josh Sitton to the left side of the offensive line. Both are considered to be the Packers' best offensive linemen, and they will now be protecting Rodgers' blind side.
The left tackle the last two seasons of the Packers has been Marshall Newhouse, and he alone was responsible for 24.5 sacks the last two seasons. That is unacceptable.
Bottom line, Rodgers has an excellent opportunity to get his second NFL MVP award in three years, based on a number of factors. The most important being the talent of No. 12.
Winning the NFL MVP award is nice, but I'm sure Mr. Rodgers would rather receive the Super Bowl MVP award, much like he did in Super Bowl XLV.
Don't be surprised if Rodgers does both those things this upcoming season.
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