It’s clear Associated Press voters aren’t running out of superlatives when naming Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers the midseason NFL MVP. They also aren’t running out of company.
Buffalo News’ Mark Gaughan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Charean Williams and USA Today’s Jarrett Bell recently joined Adam Schein and Peter King in their support of Rodgers. Mark Craig picked Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Aaron Rodgers has had the greatest first half of a season of any quarterback since the merger in 1970.
… More important than all (the statistics), his Packers are just the third defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 8-0, joining the 1990 49ers and the 1998 Broncos.
Aaron Rodgers has no competition for the MVP award. The Green Bay quarterback leads the league in touchdown passes (24), completion percentage (72.5) and passer rating (129.1). He has thrown only three interceptions in 265 attempts.
Rodgers, a slam-dunk choice as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player at midseason, is on pace to throw 48 touchdowns in the league’s highest-scoring attack. That TD tally wouldn’t break the single-season record, but his 129.1 quarterback rating and 72.5% completion rate would if they held up. And with 2,619 passing yards through eight games, football’s A-Rod is one of three quarterbacks — with Tom Brady and Drew Brees— on track to surpass Dan Marino’s 1984 single-season record of 5,084 yards.