Aaron Rodgers is playing at an elite level again. After having a “down” year in 2019 by his standards, still good compared to most quarterbacks, Rodgers is flourishing in his second season under Matt Lafleur. Rodgers currently ranks first in quarterback ranking (116.4), total QBR (85.4), and is the highest-rated quarterback by Pro Football Focus. He not only deserves to be mentioned in the MVP conversation but should be at the front of it.
2020 so far
Through nine games Rodgers has 26 touchdowns. He had 25 in 2018 and 26 in 2019. Rodgers has also thrown for 2,578 yards and only three interceptions. His completion percentage (67.5) is the highest in his career since 2011. He is on pace for 4,500 yards and 48 touchdowns, a career-high. Rodgers is no doubt having one the best years of his career and is having a career resurgence in his late 30’s.
Rodgers is not the only quarterback having a career year. Russell Wilson, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes are also having tremendous years and are in the conversation for MVP. Allen and Wilson are first and second in passing yards, respectively. Wilson also is first in passing touchdowns (28) Rodgers ranks second and Mahomes is third (25). Rodgers, Mahomes (115.9), and Wilson (110.5) also rank first, second and third respectively in quarterback rating. Additionally, Mahomes is fifth in passing yards (2,687) and Allen is 8th in quarterback rating (103.2). Allen has also rushed for 279 yards and five touchdowns, third among quarterbacks. The downfall among Wilson and Allen is the interceptions. Wilson leads the league in interceptions (10), with Allen throwing seven. That is in stark contrast to Rodgers and Mahomes who only have three and one respectively.
All four quarterbacks can make an argument on winning the MVP, but MVP not only comes down to who the best player is, but the most valuable to their team. Rodgers is not only the most valuable to his team and undoubtedly makes the entire team around him better, but is having one of the best years of his career at age 36 (soon to turn 37). With little to work with, other than star receiver Davante Adams, Rodgers has quieted the doubters and is on pace to match, or succeed many of his numbers from his previous MVP seasons. If Rodgers continues on this pace, he will easily top 4,000 yards and reach near 50 touchdowns, making an easy case for MVP.