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Rodgers should beat Brees for NFL MVP

Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:22 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 11:30 am
 
Seems there are two quarterbacks most folks consider for NFL MVP this season -- Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Brees broke Dan Marino's records for passing yardage in one season and led the NFL in TD passes and completion percentage. Rodgers set the all-time passer rating mark and led the NFL in TD percentage, yards per attempt and was second in interception percentage and TDs thrown.

Those who like Brees enjoy pointing out his "quantity" stats: number of yards, number of TD passes, etc. Those who like Rodgers point out his efficiency, his QB rating for example, plus the fact the Pack went 14-1 with him as the starting quarterback.

Both players had great years.

But let's look at this: Brees threw 657 passes, Rodgers threw 502.

If you take Rodgers' 2011 rates and apply them to 657 pass attempts, he ends up with 6,044 yards, 59 TDs and 8 interceptions, yardage and TD marks that would have easily obliterated the current NFL records. Brees' numbers were 5,476 yards, 46 TDs and 14 picks. Brees' numbers pale in comparison. Rodgers' QB rating, which I admit can be a somewhat flawed statistic (but all stats can be somewhat flawed when viewed separately), was nearly 12 points higher than Brees' rating (122.5 to 110.6). And while Brees did set an NFL record with completion percentage, his mark of 71.2% wasn't all that much higher than Rodgers' runner-up mark of 68.3%.

It wasn't like Rodgers threw 155 fewer passes than Brees because he wasn't good at throwing the ball. And he didn't miss any games due to ineffectiveness or injury; he was just held out of the last game because the Packers didn't need to win it.

Rodgers is also a way better runner than Brees, with 257 yards and 3 rushing TDs to Brees' 86 yards and 1 TD.

Taking all these factors into account, Aaron Rodgers is your 2011 NFL MVP.
Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:11 am
 

Rodgers should beat Brees for NFL MVP

Yeah, I should have mentioned that, too. It's a lot easier to cpmplete a high percentage when you're throwing a ton of dump-offs and check-downs to running backs.



Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Rodgers should beat Brees for NFL MVP

Brees breaking the 27 year old record is proof positive that he is league MVP. Giving Rodgers the MVP is like giving all the kids' in pee wee football trophies for participating. Don't misunderstand me Rodgers is a great quarterback Brees just out performed him this season plain and simple.



Since: Jun 1, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Rodgers should beat Brees for NFL MVP

 
And while Brees did set an NFL record with completion percentage, his mark of 71.2% wasn't all that much higher than Rodgers' runner-up mark of 68.3%



Especially with Brees throwing 140 passes to his running backs.  Brees is great and had a great year, but I think Rodgers will win the MVP.  Actually Brees can have the MVP, I'll take Rodgers getting the Super Bowl MVP again.   


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