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Clamor begins for Rodgers repeat

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming favorite to win the MVP.

Dozens of analysts from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! and NFL.com made their annual preseason predictions, including for MVP.  Defending MVP Aaron Rodgers received 20 votes. Everybody else received 24 votes combined.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (20)
Michael Silver, Yahoo!
Andrew Brandt, ESPN
Jeffri Chadiha, ESPN
Dan Graziano, ESPN
KC Joyner, ESPN
Mike Sando, ESPN
Adam Schefter, ESPN
Kevin Seifert, ESPN
Bill Williamson, ESPN
Matt Williamson, ESPN
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated
Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
Tom Mantzouranis, Sports Illustrated
Adam Schein, NFL.com
Steve Wyche, NFL.com
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
Michael Lombardi, NFL.com
Adam Rank, NFL.com
Jeff Darlington, NFL.com
Dave Dameshek, NFL.com

Saints QB Drew Brees (8)
Jason Cole, Yahoo!
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN
Kerry J. Byrne, Sports Illustrated
Andrew Perloff, Sports Illustrated
Jeff Diamond, Sports Illustrated
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, NFL.com
Marc Sessler, NFL.com

Patriots QB Tom Brady (6)
John Clayton, ESPN
Ashley Fox, ESPN
Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Texans RB Arian Foster (3)
James Walker, ESPN
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Eddie George, Yahoo!

Giants QB Eli Manning (2)
Paul Kuharsky, ESPN
Dennis Dillon, Sports Illustrated

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (1)
Bill Barnwell, ESPN

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (1)
Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Eagles QB Michael Vick (1)
Ian Rapoport, NFL.com

Bears QB Jay Cutler (1)
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (1)
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com


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Pro Football Weekly picks favorites


Saints quarterback Drew Brees has never won the NFL MVP. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady captured the 2010 and 2007 awards, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won in 2011.

Pro Football Weekly didn’t veer off the beaten path when discussing NFL MVP candidates for the 2012 season in a short video. The three quarterbacks that throw for lots of yards and touchdowns got all the publicity. Here’s a peek at what was said about each candidate:

Aaron Rodgers: (4 votes) “It’s his award to lose.”

Drew Brees: (2 votes) “He’s the guy to calm the tide.”

Tom Brady: (1 vote) “He has better weapons at his disposal.”

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Rodgers beats Brees in MVP landslide

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers received 48 of 50 votes to win the 2011 NFL MVP.

Although he got a little competition late in the year, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers handily defeated all challengers in voting for the 2011 NFL MVP. Rodgers received 48 votes from a panel of 50 Associated Press voters, earning his first MVP award by beating New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (2 votes).

Rodgers compiled 4,643 passing yards, 45 touchdowns and six interceptions and an NFL record 122.5 passer rating in only 15 games (he rested for the playoffs in Week 17). He added 257 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns for the Packers, which finished 15-1 for the first time in franchise history.

It seems fair that Brees received some votes considering his 5,476 passing yards shattered Dan Marino’s single-season record. The Saints finished 13-3 and Brees threw 46 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, but he did attempt 657 passes — 152 more than Rodgers.

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Brees making late-season push for MVP

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a game this season on two occassions, against the Colts and Vikings. (Getty Images)

Always a bridesmaid, never the bride? New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has twice finished second in NFL MVP balloting (2009, 2006) and likely will fall short again this season behind Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. If Brees manages to earn at least one vote without winning, he will match the distinction accomplished by Randall Cunningham (1998, 1990, 1988) and Eric Dickerson (1986, 1984, 1983).

Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune wrote about Brees’ unfortunate timing and concludes by arguing, “If the award goes to Rodgers as expected, Brees will have unequivocally recorded the greatest non-MVP season in NFL history.” It’s difficult to disagree.

So do the numbers, which, at this point, almost require an advanced math degree to comprehend.

Sunday marked the 11th time this season Brees has passed for 300 or more yards in a game. That’s an NFL record. It was the seventh time he’s topped 350 yards, also an NFL record.

His five touchdown passes gave him 37 this season. That’s a new club record.

Meanwhile, he extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 41, which is the second longest streak in NFL history, and stayed on pace to break his own NFL mark for completion percentage in a season and eclipse Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for passing yards in a season. Oh, and the 573-yard offensive onslaught he directed kept the Saints on pace to break the 2000 Rams’ NFL record for total yards in a season.

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Packers’ loss may cost Rodgers votes

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lost some MVP momentum in a 19-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, his second consecutive game with a passer ratings below 100. (Associated Press)

Will Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers unanimously win the NFL MVP? What was a mildly intriguing question before Sunday became a full-fledged debate after a wacky week in which Rodgers struggled while Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shined. Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty examined the issue before Week 15’s games, getting MVP voters to share their thoughts:

Gary Meyers, New York Daily News: “Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Eli Manning are all having MVP-type seasons, and in another year it might have given me something to think about. But not this year. Not the way Rodgers has played.”

Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com: “Rodgers is setting a new standard for quarterbacking. How could anyone else get a vote?”

Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange: “The only way I would think of voting for someone other than Rodgers is if the Packers crash down the stretch (unlikely), and the Saints and Brees go nut. Even then it would be a close call.”

Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY: “To be fair to the process I’m considering Brees but am indeed pretty solid on Rodgers.”

John Czarnecki, FoxSports.com: “Fans everywhere are fascinated with Tim Tebow, but I don’t see many picking him for MVP despite his unbelievable winning streak.”

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com continues his contrarian streak by suggesting Rodgers might not even win his first MVP after losing to the Chiefs. My guess is his first 13 consecutive sublime performances will resonate with voters, although the recency effect does give Brees a chance if the Saints finish 13-3 and he breaks Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record.

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Brees pushing Rodgers for MVP

ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas, who covers the NFC South, makes the case for Saints quarterback Drew Brees to win his first NFL MVP award. Brees twice has finished runner-up in voting (2009, 2006).

Brees is on a roll that has him on pace to break Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a single season (5,084 in 1984). On his current pace, Brees would finish with 5,366 passing yards. He’s also got the Saints off to an 8-3 start and alone atop the NFC South.

Yeah, the Packers defeated the Saints in the season opener and Rodgers and Green Bay have kept right on winning. No knock on Rodgers, but he’s got a great team around him. So does Brees, but name another true superstar on the New Orleans roster?

I don’t think there’s one besides Brees. He’s surrounded by a bunch of good players, who he makes even better. If he wasn’t hitting running back Darren Sproles and tight end Jimmy Graham on underneath routes against the Giants, he was throwing downfield to Devery Henderson, Marques Colston and Lance Moore.

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King adds defender to MVP watch

49ers defensive end Justin Smith replaces Bears running back Matt Forte in the latest MVP watch from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, one of 50 voters for the Associated Press award.

1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay. His MVP to lose with seven games to play.

2. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans. No quarterback through 10 games of an NFL season has thrown for more yards than Brees’ 3,326 this year.

3. Tom Brady, QB, New England. Pats haven’t lost three straight since the first year Brady was a full-time starter. Doubt it’s a coincidence.

4. Justin Smith, DL, San Francisco. In Week 4, he sprinted, caught Jeremy Maclin from behind as the Eagles were going in for the winning score, stripped the ball and ended the game. On Sunday, with the Niners clinging to a 27-20 lead and the Giants at the Niner 10 threatening for overtime, Smith stopped running back D.J. Ware on third-and-two for no gain, then forced an incompletion from Eli Manning to Jake Ballard on the last New York snap of the night. If any defender in the league deserves to be on this list after 10 weeks, it’s either he or Darrelle Revis, and today, with the Niners 8-1, I’m picking Smith.

5. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants. Almost brought the Giants back from way down for the second weekend in a row against a good team on the road.

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