Editor’s Note: I’m not sure why I forgot to post this before Week 5, but I didn’t want my minimum amount of aggregation to go to waste…
MVP of the Quarter: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay. Rodgers, of course, won the Super Bowl last year and had a terrific, borderline MVP season. Look how much better he is this year. He’s on pace to be six percent more accurate, with 20 more touchdown passes, while throwing for almost 1,400 more yards. He’s in the Brady-Brees-Manning pantheon now, except he has the ability to run and make tacklers miss. You don’t want to blow too much smoke at Rodgers, but even if he falls off some, and just has average (for him) numbers the rest of the way, his season will be, across the board, 15 to 20 percent better than any of the three MVP seasons of Brett Favre.
2. Tom Brady, QB, New England; 3. (tie) Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit; Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit.
If there’s a quarterback playing any better in the NFL, let him show his face. Aaron Rodgers is the MVP of the first quarter of the season after completing 29 of 38 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He also ran for two touchdowns, which means he accounted for all but one of the Packers’ seven touchdowns. “He’s playing as well as any quarterback that I have seen and this is my 23rd season,” Broncos coach John Fox said. Rodgers topped New England’s Tom Brady for the league lead in passer rating, 120.9 to 113.8. After Sunday, Rodgers increased his lead to 124.6 to 111.3. He is the only player in the league who has completed at least 70% of his passes (73%), he has the fewest interceptions (two) and has the highest touchdown-to-interception ratio in the league (12 to 2). “I’ve seen a lot of great quarterbacks who seem to be unstoppable,” CB Charles Woodson said. “With A-Rod, he’s that guy. He’s been incredible.”
Offensive MVP: Rodgers (Sapp); Brady (Faulk)
Defensive MVP: Terrell Suggs, Ravens LB (Sapp); Charles Woodson, Packers CB (Faulk)
Nate Davis, USA TODAY
Aaron Rodgers leads a fan poll with 45 percent of the vote. Other candidates include Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Wes Welker, Drew Brees and Matt Hasselbeck.