Aaron Rodgers will be the 2017 NFL MVP
Aaron Rodgers is one of the best players in the National Football League, there is no debate about that. But in 2017, for the third time, I for one believe that Rodgers will be the NFL’s MVP.
It’s been a while since I have had a chance to post here on the Packers. If you haven’t noticed, the majority of my Packers musings can be found over at cheeseheadtv.com. Here’s a piece I penned the other day on why it’s crucial for Clay Matthews to bounce back in 2017.
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My intention is to also keep some content flowing through this site as well, when I’m able. Today, I found a few minutes and I want to use them to tell you why I believe Rodgers has an outstanding chance to win the MVP.
Predicting that Rodgers will be the most valuable player isn’t insanely bold or anything. He came close to winning it last season and has won it two times before, in 2011 and 2014. I just have a feeling that Rodgers is going to have a very good season for the Packers this fall. He might even have the best season of his career.
Whatever funk Rodgers fell into near the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, he’s out of it now. By season’s end, he led the NFL in touchdown passes and over the final six games of the regular season, he completed 71.8 percent of his passes, threw 15 touchdowns and had just one interception. In the playoffs, he was just as good. He threw for 333 yards per game. He tossed nine touchdowns and was picked off twice.
So over the final nine games of last season, he threw 24 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions. He threw for 2,668 yards and completed more than 70 percent of his throws. Whatever his issues were with accuracy or timing or anything else were gone.
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Rodgers and the Packers would start at a blistering pace, but a couple times, he also pulled a rabbit out of the hat, like in Chicago and Dallas. To me, if Rodgers simply carries that play over to this season, he will be MVP. And honestly, I think he will do that, truthfully, I think he could play even better.
For starters, his weapons will be better. Jordy Nelson will be completely healthy for a full season. As he progressed in his return from injury last year, so did Rodgers. Now, that won’t be an issue. I also expect Randall Cobb to bounce back from a rough couple of years and Davante Adams to pick up right where he left off. Yet, the Packers also have two tight ends in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks that will give teams fits.
And with Ty Montgomery ready to take the running back job full time from the start, there will be stability across the board. T.J. Lang needs to be replaced, but he and Jared Cook are the only starters gone on offense. So there is the potential for Rodgers to play some of the best football of his career, while at the same time, being surrounded by as a good a group of skill players he’s possibly ever had.
Of course, the only thing Rodgers wants to win next season is the Super Bowl, which is a more difficult prize to claim, but as long as Rodgers keeps the ball rolling like he did at the end of last season, there’s a good chance he will be the MVP.