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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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Denver scribe says Rodgers, not Tebow

Quarterback Tim Tebow has carried Denver to a 7-1 record since becoming the starter. (Denver Post)

The Denver Post’s Mike Klis explains why Tim Tebow shouldn’t beat Aaron Rodgers for the NFL MVP in his weekly mailbag. It’s worth noting that even all journalists aren’t clear how the voting process works — there are no second-place votes, although Tebow could finish second if he gets the most first-place votes behind (presumably) Rodgers.

Mike, can we call Tim Tebow the NFL’s “MVP”? I say yes.
—Greg, Rock Springs, Wyo.

You could ifAaron Rodgers weren’t around. But Rodgers should be the unanimous selection. He is not only the best quarterback in the league, he is arguably having the best quarterback season of all-time. He is the most valuable player on a Packers team that is 13-0.

If the Broncos win the AFC West, I do think Tebow would be worthy of second-place votes ahead of Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger. Those guys are better quarterbacks, but what pushes Tebow in the MVP debate is he took over a team that finished 4-12 last year and was 1-4 this year and the Broncos are 7-1 since he became the starting quarterback. The record says one guy — and only one guy — made a difference between a terrible team and playoff-bound team.

Just because Tebow has become the best story in America doesn’t mean he’s the league’s MVP. Judgment for such awards must not be stirred by emotion but by cold, rational thought. It really is too bad this is a year when a guy like Rodgers is the clear-cut MVP. Because in another year, when there isn’t an obvious choice, Tebow may well have won the award.

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Te-bow MVP chant grows louder

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow broke the 200-yard passing mark for the first time this season, but that hasn't stopped him from going 6-1 as a starter. (Associated Press)

FoxSports.com columnist Greg Couch is the latest national voice to argue Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who has propelled Denver to a 6-1 surge, should win the NFL MVP award if he wins the AFC West division title. CBSSports.com columnist Gregg Doyel first made the argument two weeks ago.

And here’s the thing: Tebow is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.

Not officially, of course. It’s just an opinion. No matter what his passer rating is or QBR, or even his technically inept throwing motion — not the way any youth coach would teach — he’s more valuable to his team than any other player in the league. Aaron Rodgers is his closest competition.

When Tebow took over, the Broncos were 1-4. Now, after Tebow had yet another miracle comeback Sunday to win at Minnesota, they are 7-5.

… Is Tebow more valuable to the Broncos than Rodgers is to the Packers? There is no right answer, no proof. The Packers wouldn’t be perfect without him. But they would win their division.

The Broncos are losers without Tebow. Now, everyone on the team believes all the way to the finish line.

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Tebow an unorthodox MVP candidate

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is 4-1 as a starter this season. (Getty Images)

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports makes the unorthodox case that Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow should be an NFL MVP candidate. He calls Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers the “far-and-away MVP at this point.”

Tim Tebow, MVP candidate? Absolutely. It’s not only that he plays quarterback for a team that has won four of its past five games. Tebow should be a legit MVP candidate — if this keeps up — because of the way the Broncos are winning these games.

They’re winning because of Tebow. Or rather, Tebow is winning these games.

He doesn’t win them for 60 minutes, no. That’s what Aaron Rodgers has been doing at Green Bay, and that’s why, again, Rodgers can, should and will win MVP if he keeps it up. Anyway, that’s not what Tebow is doing. He’s not playing great for 60 minutes, mauling opponents from the first drive. He’s not. If anything, he has been borderline bad for the first 45-plus minutes of most games.

But then comes the final quarter, and Tebow becomes special. The defense gives the Broncos a chance to win, and Tebow takes over. He capitalizes on that chance. The game gets tight, the clock starts ticking down, and Tebow goes from awful to awesome. He’s Semaj NorBel — the opposite of LeBron James.


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