With nearly half of the season in the books, the picture is starting to shape up for the MVP award, with several players making some strong early cases for the honor. Among those has been the play of Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has been putting a stellar 2019 campaign while leading his team to a tremendous amount of success in the process.
Packers’ uncertainty entering the 2019 season
In the months leading to the 2019 regular season, there were plenty of questions about whether the hiring of Matt LaFleur as the Packers’ next coach was the right move.
The conversation continued to remain, especially with early reports that Rodgers wasn’t necessarily faun of the playbook at first. That had been a focal point due to how things had fallen apart under Mike McCarthy that led to many public bickering between him and the star quarterback.
Any concern in that regard has quickly shifted due to the high amount of success the Packers have had this season. That was capped off by Rodgers’ monster performance against the Raiders in Week 7.
Aaron Rodgers’ stellar outing against the Raiders
It has been nothing short of an impressive start out of the gate to the 2019 season for the Packers, winning six out of their first seven games that have thrust them to the top mark in the NFC North.
Rodgers put together his best performance of the season against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7, completing 25-of-31 passes for 429 yards with five touchdown passes and a perfect 158.3 passer rating along with a rushing touchdown. The Raiders had no answer for the two-time league MVP, who had just as many incompletions to total touchdowns scored in the 42-24 lopsided win.
He has now notched multiple touchdown passes four times while breaking 400 passing yards twice. Rodgers has shown more comfort in the offense under LaFleur as the season has worn on even without star wide receiver Davante Adams, who has missed the last couple of games due to a turf toe injury.
The 35-year-old has undoubtedly tossed his name into the hat in the early goings for the MVP award, but several other players have pushed their way into the thick of that conversation.
Aaron Rodgers’ competition for MVP award
Rodgers’ latest performance has pushed him well into the MVP talk, but there are a few other notable players that have made strong early stakes.
Russell Wilson has been the driving force for the Seattle Seahawks this season, putting up a career-best pace. Entering Week 7, Wilson was eighth with 1,704 passing yards while being tied for second with 14 touchdown passes, second with 9.0 yards per attempt and a 72.5% completion rate and first with a 124.7 passer rating.
More importantly, he guided the Seahawks to wins in five out of their six games, positioning them just a game back of the San Francisco 49ers for the division race. Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey has been putting together a breakout campaign as he led the league with 618 rushing yards heading into Week 7.
The Houston Texans may have fallen short against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but Deshan Watson has put together nothing short of an impressive year. Although Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes may be out of the mix for the time being, he should likely be back in full force when he returns to the field.
There is plenty of stiff competition for the MVP award, but it’s clear that Rodgers certainly belongs in this conversation.