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Is Packers QB Aaron Rodgers a legitimate MVP candidate to watch this season?

Is Packers QB Aaron Rodgers a legitimate MVP candidate to watch this season?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not putting up big numbers this season.

Through six games, he has thrown for 1,590 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions while completing 62.6 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 92.8.

As a matter of fact, a legitimate argument can be made that this is the most unimpressive Rodgers has been since becoming the starting quarterback for the Packers back in 2008.

But numbers can be deceiving.

In spite of Rodgers’ pedestrian stats, Green Bay is 5-1 and sits in first place in an NFC North division that may very well be the best in football and is coming off of a 23-22 comeback win over the division rival Detroit Lions on Monday night.

Of course, the Packers’ victory was overshadowed by poor officiating, but we can’t ignore the fact that Rodgers led a late comeback from nine points down without his No. 1 receiver in Davante Adams against a solid Lions team.

As a matter of fact, Adams has missed the last two weeks with a toe injury, both of which ended in Green Bay wins.

Even with Adams in the lineup, the Packers are short on weapons. They don’t really have a true No. 2 receiver, and tight end Jimmy Graham barely even resembles a shell of his former self.

Yes, Aaron Jones is a solid running back who punctured the Dallas Cowboys for 107 yards and four touchdowns last week, but on the season as a whole, he has been very average, logging just 3.9 yards per carry.

Taking all of this into consideration, it’s hard not to think of Rodgers as a potential MVP candidate should the Packers continue their success throughout the remainder of the year.

I don’t care how they got there: they are 5-1. No, it hasn’t looked pretty, but they have the second-best record in the conference and have gone 3-0 against divisional opponents, which is saying something considering how tough the NFC North is.

I understand that Rodgers plays in a league with fellow MVP candidates such as Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, but Rodgers does not have nearly as much help as those two guys, something that has to be taken into account.

Remember: the MVP award is not necessarily about who puts up the very best numbers. It’s about who is the most valuable player to his team.

I am not personally campaigning for Rodgers to win the award, because, whether we like it or not, numbers do matter in the voting process, and you need to at least be somewhat elite in your statistics to garner attention.

Right now, Rodgers does not have those numbers. Mahomes has thrown 14 touchdowns. Watson has thrown 12.

But, again, Rodgers does not have the weapons that Mahomes has at his disposal (although Mahomes has been without Tyreek Hill for a good chunk of the year), and he certainly does not have a DeAndre Hopkins type of receiver with Adams out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.

You know what Rodgers does have, though? A better record than both Mahomes and Watson this season. At least so far.

Rodgers probably won’t win the MVP award, but he sure should get some consideration if the Packers keep winning in their current state.

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