Popular Analyst Suggests Aaron Rodgers is Not the Favorite to Win MVP This Season

Published 12/03/2020, 2:00 PM CST
November 5, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers is having an excellent season. The Packers‘ star quarterback has led the team to an 8-3 record and 1st place in the NFC North. In fact, he recently passed 50,000 passing yards for his career only 3 days before his 37th Birthday.

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Rodgers is a major contender for MVP. He is having a career-best year, very similar to his 2011 MVP season when he led the Packers to the Super Bowl.

However, he has stiff competition, especially in the form of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.

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Nov 22, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The outspoken American analyst Nick Wright opened up about Rodgers’ chances of winning the MVP on First Things First. He compared Rodgers’ 2020 NFL season to another star quarterback’s wonderful season in 2011.

“Here’s the reason why I think Rodgers is in such a rough spot. I’m going to go in the way back machine, to 2011.” 

He continued, “In 2011, Drew Brees set the NFL All-Time record for completion percentage. He also set the All-Time record for passing yards in the season.

“His team was 13-3. He had a pass rating that year of 110. And he had a touchdown/interception ratio of  46:14.” 

Aaron Rodgers faces tough MVP race

Wright explained that Brees missed out on MVP because Rodgers had an even better year on a much better performing team. “So how the hell did he not win league MVP?

“Because Aaron Rodgers that year had 45:6 touchdown/interceptions. He had a 122 passer rating and his team went 15-1.”

He added, “So a year for Brees that in almost any other season would win you MVP, it didn’t because you had a guy who simply was playing perfect football and his team’s record was damn near perfect as well.”

Nov 1, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass as New York Jets outside linebacker Tarell Basham (93) defends during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Wright continued that Brees’ situation and that of Rodgers in 2020 are identical. Wright believes that Rodgers will miss out on MVP because Patrick Mahomes is having a slightly better season on a much better team.

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He said, “That’s the situation Rodgers finds himself in this year, on the other side of it. He is having a year that is MVP worthy for 90% of NFL seasons historically.

“Unfortunately, he’s up against a guy whose team is going to go 14-2 or 15-1…. He’s not going to be able to do enough to overcome it.”

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Rodgers continues to have a great season and makes his case for the coveted MVP title. It will be interesting to see if Rodgers can win his 3rd MVP title over NFL’s ‘Golden Boy’ Patrick Mahomes.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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