Aaron Rodgers vs Russell Wilson: The Battle for NFL MVP Rages On

Published 09/29/2020, 7:30 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with guard Billy Turner (77) after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


What a tremendous 2020 NFL season it’s turning out to be thus far. Apart from a major pile-up of injuries across various NFL teams, the league is up and running on all cylinders as we approach Week Four. The COVID-19 protocols are in place. They’re being strictly followed by coaches and players alike.

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Players across the league seem to have upped the ante since the season started due to a lack of preseason games. Unsurprisingly, there have been a few standout performers in the NFL at this point in the season.

The likes of Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Derek Carr, Cam Newton, and Tom Brady have all been great but there are two quarterbacks who are clearly ahead of the curve at the moment – Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.

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There was a lot of talk surrounding Rodgers before the season kicked off. The drafting of Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round fueled rumors that Rodgers is on his way out at Lambeau Field.

However, after three games this season, we struggle to see how the Packers can ever replace a player like Aaron Rodgers on their roster.

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers running back Aaron Jones celebrate following an early third-quarter touchdown against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: William Glasheen/Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK

“Aaron Rodgers is playing arguably the best football the first quarter, the first 3 games of the season that he has ever played – He’s got a great relationship with Matt Lafleur and that spells trouble for the rest of the teams on the Packers schedule this year,” Steve Beuerlein told CBSSports.

Rodgers has a completion percentage of 67% after three games. He’s thrown for 880+ yards with nine TDs and zero interceptions. If he keeps putting up these numbers, the Packers are sure to be strong contenders to return to the NFC Championship game again.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is ‘cookin’ for sure

Meanwhile, 31-year-old Russell Wilson is also finally proving that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He’s been consistent over the last eight years, but this season he is truly standing out amongst the rest.

A well-known fact is that Wilson has not gotten a single MVP vote since joining the league in 2012. Well, this year he might just get all of them at once.

Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s amazing what he’s been able to do this season – Russell Wilson is the leader when it comes to the MVP voting after three games, but there’s a long way to go and a lot of guys chasing him,” Trent Green said via CBSSports.

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In three games, Wilson has a superior pass completion rate of 76.7. He has already thrown for 920+ yards with a massive tally of 14 passing TDs against just one interception.

This year’s NFL MVP race is turning out to be a battle of two old warhorses. And to be honest, we’re loving it.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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