By: Jake Rajala (Twitter: @rajala_jake)
2020-2021 MVP Favorite Aaron Rodgers Should Repeat His Success Next Year
Aaron Rodgers is gearing up for a frigid Lambeau NFC Championship battle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at 3:05 ET. Rodgers will head into this matchup with a lot of confidence built off his 2020 regular season display.
Rodgers has surely made a robust case to be the MVP recipient of the 2020 regular season. Well, how exactly did the Packers QB that Matt Lafleur already took steps to replace fair last season? Here’s a sharp overview:
*According to Pro Football Reference
- Passing Touchdowns: 48 (First Among QBs)
- Passer Rating: 121.5 (First Among QBs)
- Completion Percentage: 70.7% (First Among QBs)
The signal-caller on the 13-3 Green Bay Packers sits in the driver’s seat to garner the prominent award. There is one other popular MVP candidate to give Rodgers an admirable fight. This contestant is none other than Patrick Mahomes. Here’s how Mahomes stacks up in notable regular-season statistics:
- Passing YPG: 316 (First Among QBs)
- Passing Touchdowns: 38 (Fourth in League)
- Adjusted QBR: 82.9 (Second in NFL)
Mahomes doesn’t pose as strong of individual marks at the same level as A-Rod, but he was a stat machine on the team with the best record (14-2). Nonetheless, Rodgers was more efficient with more passing scores. It’s also more impressive that Rodgers captured this historical success with one elite receiving threat in his arsenal–Davante Adams; a player that missed two games, as well.
As Rodgers appears to be the favorite for MVP this season, there’s a very realistic likelihood that Rodgers can regain his promince, perhaps exceed the 2020 version of himself. With that being exonerated, I’m going to untwind three reasons why this year’s Super Bowl hopeful will decimate opposing defenses at an elite level next season.