The 36-year-old Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers was labeled ‘washed up’, ‘finished’, and more of the sort at the end of the 2019 NFL season. But fast forward to the fifth week of the NFL and you’ll find that those accusations were foolhardy at best.
The 2-time NFL MVP has thrown for 1,214 yards this season with 13 TDs to his name. His passer rating of 128.4 is one of the best in the league at the moment. Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, and Patrick Mahomes are the top contenders to bag the NFL MVP award.
But Rodgers is right up there with the rest of them in contention to win his third MVP title. However, what separates Rodgers from his counterparts is the fact that he is not really supported by a ‘superstar cast’ like the others.
In the recent win over the Falcons, the Packers were without two of their top wide receivers, Allen Lazard and Davante Adams. Despite their absence, the home team marched towards a 30-16 win at Lambeau Field. Rodgers helped elevate the game of teammates Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and Robert Tonyan Jr. on Monday night.
Aaron Rodgers makes a strong case for NFL MVP award this season[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r74FeG9XJ7w]
Former New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Greg McElroy, had some words of praise reserved for veteran NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “That dude’s up there when you look at Rodgers…when you look at who was on the field with him, this further proves that guys, it’s not about the supporting cast because an elite quarterback will elevate the supporting cast around him.
“Even his incompletions last night were well thrown. He was 20 for 20 when targeting running backs and tight ends for 241 yards and four touchdowns.
“The guy was unconscious last night and did so with guys that many of us that follow the game and cover the sport don’t know a whole lot about,” McElroy said while appearing on ESPN’s Get Up.
Without a doubt, Rodgers has been a standout performer for the Packers this year. Head Coach Matt LaFleur also deserves all the praise he’s getting for his role in bringing out the best from his star quarterback.
Despite injuries to star wide receivers, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, the Green Bay Packers remain unbeaten in the league.
They play Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night in Week Six. The face-off between veterans Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will be a treat for NFL fans across the globe.