Aaron Rodgers (Photo Credit: AP)
Aaron Rodgers has been tabbed by many NFL experts as not only the best quarterback in the game, but also the best player. According to NFL.com’s top 100 players of 2013 list, he is not even in the top five. Understandably, Adrian Peterson was voted number one after his amazing comeback year in 2012. The rest of the top five include Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady, and J.J. Watt. Now granted, all four players did have great years, but Rodgers’ numbers weren’t horrible in comparison either. He threw for over 4,200 yards, had a 67.2 completion percentage, and had a 39 to 8 touchdown ratio. He also led the NFL with a passer rating of 108. For anyone else, those would be great numbers, but for Rodgers, they are just average. In his 2011 MVP season, Rodgers tore defenses apart as he passed for 4,600 yards, had a 68.3 completion percentage, and had 45 touchdowns compared to only 6 interceptions. Those stats led him to number one on the 2012 list. And yet, with similar stats, he is in the 6th spot on this year’s list?
Of all the players in the top five, the only one who I have a problem with is J.J. Watt. Even though Watt did have 20.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, his stats against the higher quality teams of the NFL were very inadequate. In the three games against the Ravens, Bears, and Patriots, Watt had zero sacks and a combined eight tackles. In the game against the Texans, Rodgers torched Watt’s defense for six touchdowns and 338 yards. Watt did have two sacks, but the Packers got the win.
In the upcoming 2013 season, Rodgers’ goal is not only to return to his 2011 form, but also to return the Green Bay Packers back to another Super Bowl. After having two early round exits in the last two playoffs, Rodgers would surely love to have a Super Bowl trophy over another MVP award. Of course, if he could do both, that would be great. As long as he brings home a Super Bowl win, Packer fans won’t care nearly as much about where he is on the NFL’s top 100 list.