Could Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers be in line for yet another MVP award?
As the Packers head into the bye with a 9-3 record, Aaron Rodgers finds himself at the top of MVP rankings yet again. Could he become just the second player in NFL history to win a fourth MVP award?
The reigning NFL MVP and a three-time winner of the award (2011, '14, '20), Rodgers once again has his team competing for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, on the cusp of turning 38 years old Thursday.
But the favorite for the award is none other than Tom Brady, the man whose Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Packers in last year's NFC Championship Game, and the man with whom Rodgers traded barbs during an offseason made-for-TV golf event, "The Match."
Brady, at age 44, leads the league with 30 touchdown passes and has the Bucs (8-3) competing for the top seed as well. He has thrown for 3,403 yards and completed 67.6 percent of his passes.
Rodgers has racked up 2,878 yards and 23 touchdowns on 66.2 percent completion. Needless to say, it seems likely the quarterback wouldn't win the award unless his Packers wind up in better postseason standing than Tampa Bay.
Fox Sports, using FOX Bet, noted that Brady's odds to win are +275, followed by Josh Allen of Buffalo (+450) and then Rodgers (+700), ahead of Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes (+800) and Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott (+1000). Next up is Arizona's Kyler Murray (+1100), then former University of Wisconsin star and Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (+1600), tied with Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
At DraftKings, Brady has +350 odds, followed by +450 for Allen and +600 for Rodgers. Then, Murray, Mahomes and Prescott follow. Taylor sits at +1800, with Herbert, Jackson and Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford ahead of him.
At CBS Sports, Rodgers has moved into a battle with Brady for the top spot according to the site's voting panel, and it's close, with Brady notching 41 points and Rodgers 36 (followed by Murray at 22 and Taylor at 14). Brady had six first-place votes, with three for Rodgers.
Doug Kezirian at ESPN points out that Rodgers might lose some votes for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination status, but ESPN does give Rodgers the second-best odds behind Brady (and tied with Allen).
Brady joins Rodgers as a three-time MVP, though the last player to win back-to-back honors is the only player with more career MVPs, Peyton Manning. Manning won his third and fourth (of five) MVP awards in 2008 and 2009.
Manning also won back-to-back honors in 2003 (shared with Steve McNair) and 2004. Before that, it was Packers quarterback Brett Favre as the previous back-to-back winner when he claimed the honor in 1995, 1996 and 1997 (shared with Barry Sanders).
Joe Montana won consecutive awards in 1989 and '90, and Jim Brown went back-to-back in 1957 and '58. Brown and Johnny Unitas join Manning, Favre, Rodgers and Brady as three-time winners.