Aaron Rodgers is your 2017 NFL MVP

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    Who else deserves the NFL MVP award this season but Aaron Rodgers? Rodgers, who was devoid of a running game and defence the whole season, has been on a five-game winning streak.

    After his bold prediction that his team would run the table, he has completed 71 per cent of his passes for over 1300 yards and 11 touchdowns (not one interception) through Week 16.

    And, oh yeah, he leads the league in touchdowns and after tonight he did successfully run the table, winning another division title.

    I don’t see any quarterback in the league who you can place in Rodgers’ shoes. Rodgers is simply his team’s most valuable player.

    Tom Brady didn’t play the first four games of the season due to suspension and we have seen that New England’s back up quarterbacks have played admirably in his absence. The Patriots’ system keeps going strong as long as Bill Belichick is there.

    Derek Carr will miss a game due to injury and owes some of his success to Oakland’s offensive line, which is second only to the Cowboys.

    Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot’s successes are due in large part to their offensive line, talented receivers and each other. If Tony Romo were healthy he’d probably be having just as much success as Prescott.

    As for Matt Ryan, he is not playing with the degree of difficulty and lack of resources that Rodgers has.

    There are certain individuals whose talent can overcome the most difficult situations. Only individuals like LeBron James, Tom Brady and Rodgers can carry a team when necessary.

    So there you have it, your 2017 MVP is Aaron Rodgers.

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    • Roar Rookie

      January 3rd 2017 @ 2:52am
      William Dalton Davis said | January 3rd 2017 @ 2:52am | ! Report

      Brady for me. 28 TDs for 2 picks with 4 fewer games. Insane. Though I can understand the 4 fewer games hurting his cause I don’t believe it should exclude him from the conversation.

      • Roar Rookie

        January 3rd 2017 @ 6:17am
        Xavier Paula said | January 3rd 2017 @ 6:17am | ! Report

        It’s tough with Brady for me. At the end of the day I just don’t think it’s fair to other plays who didn’t break any rules (though still will never be 100% sure if Brady knew those balls were deflated or not).

      • January 3rd 2017 @ 7:29am
        Mushi said | January 3rd 2017 @ 7:29am | ! Report

        Problem is missing 4 games means he needed to be atleast 33% better than the next guy, and that just isn’t the case.

        • Roar Rookie

          January 3rd 2017 @ 11:36am
          William Dalton Davis said | January 3rd 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

          Isn’t it? 12 games with 28 touchdowns and 2 picks is a game ratio of 2.33 tds to 0.166 ints compared to say Matt Ryan 38 and 7 in 16 which brings him to 2.37 to 0.44. TDs per game are nearly identical however Brady is throwing less than half as many ints per game which I assume hurt a stat line more than a TD improves it.

          • January 4th 2017 @ 12:32am
            Mushi said | January 4th 2017 @ 12:32am | ! Report

            Seriously you think that is 33% better? Ignore yards, starting field position, context, expected points improvement and interceptable balls is different to intercepts (Vicks first Eagles year being case in point).

            You also are arguing that the only influence a QB delivers is a passing TD or an intercept.

            Now before even going to Ryan’s advantage in most per attempt metrics you can’t hinge your entire thing when subtracting Ryan’s 4 worst games would have him above Brady’s ratio.

            Ryan has a better Qbr, yards per attempt and lots of other metrics. Yes Brady threw less picks and that is really the only stat he wins out on.

      • January 3rd 2017 @ 2:03pm
        no one in particular said | January 3rd 2017 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

        NE played the easiest schedule, Carr played the 4th hardest

    • January 3rd 2017 @ 4:03am
      Bobby Sanchez said | January 3rd 2017 @ 4:03am | ! Report

      Matt Ryan is clearly the MVP he leads Rodgers and Brady in TD%, Yards per game, Yards per attempt, completion%, passer rating, and QBR. Matt Ryan’s O-line is not near as good as Rodgers’ or Brady’s O-line, and his receiving core is not as deep as Green Bay’s. Not to mention Matt Ryan won the head to head matchup with Rodgers earlier this season Matt Ryan is the clear MVP.

      • Roar Rookie

        January 3rd 2017 @ 6:31am
        Xavier Paula said | January 3rd 2017 @ 6:31am | ! Report

        Agreed, Matt Ryan is having an amazing year but I don’t think anyone has done more to get their team out of critical situations than Rodgers this year. Though he had some part in why his team started 4-6 it is incredible that he was able to get them out of it.

        • January 3rd 2017 @ 7:47am
          Mushi said | January 3rd 2017 @ 7:47am | ! Report

          But it’s for the full 17 weeks right? Whilst great to watch down the stretch I remember some of his play being very un-mvp ish at the start of the year where as we seemed to have waited all year for Ryan to revert.

          If we’re only counting the back end then it’s Brady v Ryan

          • January 3rd 2017 @ 3:12pm
            Big Steve said | January 3rd 2017 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

            unfortunately mvpish. think you mean utter garbage. he was losing games for the team.

    • January 3rd 2017 @ 8:40am
      Chuck said | January 3rd 2017 @ 8:40am | ! Report

      Matt Ryan for me – finished off the season with similar stats and didn’t have Julio Jones

      • Roar Rookie

        January 3rd 2017 @ 2:14pm
        Xavier Paula said | January 3rd 2017 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

        Matt Ryan also got to play 4 games against the Panthers and Saints. Just between those two teams he put up over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. Great opportunity to pad your numbers.

        • January 4th 2017 @ 12:59am
          Mushi said | January 4th 2017 @ 12:59am | ! Report

          Come on the Rodgers got Chicago and Detroit. Arguing that games you light people up should be excluded is arguing against good play.

          The combined DVOA on passing for packer’s Central opponents was north of 40, easily the worst division in the Nfl by a wide margin (after adding the packers).

          Arguing a weak pass defence in the division as a pro Rogers v Ryan point is like saying the browns struggled due to too much talent on the roster

        • January 5th 2017 @ 9:26am
          Chuck said | January 5th 2017 @ 9:26am | ! Report

          Rodgers started the season 4 and 6. his MVP campaign ended there.

          • January 6th 2017 @ 6:27pm
            piru said | January 6th 2017 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

            well, no – that’s actually where it started

            He singlehandedly took the Pack from a losing season to the playoffs with no run game.

            • January 7th 2017 @ 8:29am
              Chuck said | January 7th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

              You can’t write off more than half a season. If so, Brady wins.

              • Roar Guru

                January 10th 2017 @ 11:40am
                Chop said | January 10th 2017 @ 11:40am | ! Report

                But you can write of the 25% that Brady didn’t play?

                Even as a Packers fan it’s Matt Ryan for me.

    • January 3rd 2017 @ 1:29pm
      piru said | January 3rd 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

      This will always be the problem with this discussion, so many stats that can be read so many ways, you can almost make a case for or against anyone.

      I always think of it this way – who would I want playing if my life depended on the result?

      It’s always going to come down to Rogers or Brady at the moment imo.

      I should disclose I am a diehard Pack fan, so no doubt I am somewhat biased (although I’m trying not to be), but I think Brady benefits a lot from having such a great team around him – Rogers often seems to be taking his men above and beyond what the Packers should be capable of.

      So in conclusion who knows, but I say A-a Ron

      • January 4th 2017 @ 1:02am
        Mushi said | January 4th 2017 @ 1:02am | ! Report

        But that means the actual season is kind of irrelevant to who was the MVP for the season?

        • January 4th 2017 @ 1:51pm
          piru said | January 4th 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

          ummm, no?

    • January 3rd 2017 @ 1:50pm
      no one in particular said | January 3rd 2017 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

      Carr, Ryan, Staffirs, Brady, Rodgers

      That’s the order I gave them. Oakland were legless without Carr yesterday, while NE did win 3 without Brady

      Where was Rodgers the first half of the season?

    • Roar Rookie

      January 3rd 2017 @ 6:41pm
      Matt Daley said | January 3rd 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

      I don’t know why David Johnson isn’t getting a look-in for MVP honours. 2k+ yards from scrimmage and 20 (!) total touchdowns on an offense that has misfired all year. 15 straight games with over 100 yards rushing + receiving until he got injured in the season finale. Elliott isn’t even the best RB in the league!

      • January 3rd 2017 @ 8:19pm
        no one in particular said | January 3rd 2017 @ 8:19pm | ! Report

        Because they finished with a losing record. The players mentioned above are the difference between their teams being in the playoffs and not.

      • Roar Guru

        January 10th 2017 @ 11:45am
        Chop said | January 10th 2017 @ 11:45am | ! Report

        Zeke should get ROTY, I can’t see him in the contest for MVP

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