- Aaron Rogers opened the season outside of the top-5 most likely to win the NFL MVP.
- Rodgers is now tied with Russell Wilson for the best odds, as his Packers are 6-1.
- Rodgers is top-5 in passing yards, touchdowns, and passes of over 40 yards.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Nearly half of the NFL season has been completed and the race for the NFL MVP is closer than it has been in a while.
After Week 7’s games, Aaron Rodgers boldly made his claim as one of the favorites to win the award after a six-touchdown performance on primetime television. This was the third game that the Packers played on Sunday, Monday, or Thursday Night Football with another two more primetime games to go.
With this spotlight, Rodgers has the capability of keeping the attention focused solely on him to win the MVP (+350).
Aaron Rodgers’ Case For MVP
Rodgers has brought his team to a 6-1 record despite winning a few of them without his top target in Davante Adams. Rodgers is playing with a rookie head coach behind him and also has many unknown receivers as his options.
Though his numbers aren’t at the level they were when he won the MVP in 2011 or 2014, he still has positioned himself near the top of the pack.
After 7 games in 2011, Rodgers has 2,372 passing yards with 20 touchdowns, three interceptions, a completion percentage of 71.55%, and a passing rating of 125.7.
For 2014, his numbers after seven games were recorded at 1,674 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, one interception, a completion percentage of 66.82%, and a passing rating of 117.3.
Now, Rodgers is sitting on the season with numbers lower than these in nearly every department. With a lower completion percentage (64.8%) and passer rating (103.7), Rodgers has been getting the notoriety from his team’s wins.
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Still, his 2019 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and two interceptions all have him settled in the top-5 of quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts on the season.
At US sportsbooks, Rodgers’ odds to win MVP opened at +800 during the NFL offseason and spiked as high as +1800 during the preseason. However, as he has led his team to be atop the NFC North, Rodgers is now the favorite or co-favorite with Russell Wilson (depending on which sportsbook you are using).
Wilson (+350) does have better numbers than Rodgers across the board, with the exception of passing yards though.
There is still plenty of the NFL season to be played but this week’s games will likely see the odds shift even further.
Rodgers will have a tougher battle going against the Kansas City Chiefs than Wilson is expected to against the Atlanta Falcons.
While the Chiefs are in the top half of the league in nearly every defensive passing category, the Falcons has allowed the fifth-most passing yards per game and are tied for giving up the most passing touchdowns.
Wins mean more than statistics in most cases when it comes to evaluating quarterbacks, though. So, if Rodgers can continue leading his team on this unexpected run, don’t be surprised to see Rodgers hoisting his third MVP trophy at the end of the year.
*Odds provided courtesy of Bovada
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