Found December 20, 2011 on The Victory Formation:


Aaron Rodgers has been the presumptive MVP winner this year for a while now, and while I tend to agree with the consensus, it’s actually a much closer race than the media would have you believe. If you compare Aaron Rodgers to Drew Brees, you can make a case either way:

In Drew Brees’s favor: He has 420 more passing yards and completes 71.5% of his passes to Rodgers’s 68.1%. He also gets sacked far less often with 23 sacks to Rodgers’s 36. Of course that’s partly because Rodgers is a more mobile quarterback and makes more plays out of the pocket which means more sacks.

In Aaron Rodgers’s favor: His mobility makes him a far better running threat with 239 yards and 3 touchdowns to Brees’s 72 yards and 1 touchdown. He also averages more yards per attempt 9.22 to 8.2. But the biggest things that swing it in Rodgers’s favor are his td to interception ratio and obviously his team’s record. 13-1 is better than 11-3 and Rodgers has 40 touchdowns to 6 interceptions while Brees has 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

A rational person would still come to the conclusion that Rodgers is indeed having a better year, but not by a lot. Brees is having the best year of his career and it’s too bad that he’ll have to settle for runner up in a year when he’ll become just the 6th quarterback to put up 40 touchdowns, passing for at least 1 in every game, and break Dan Marino’s record for total yards passing. And he’s also closing in on Johnny Unitas’s record of 47 games with a touchdown pass. He’s up to 40 now and with that offense it’s hard to envision him not breaking the record next year.

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl: 8:00 ESPN Florida International vs. Marshall.

7:00 Rangers at Devils
7:00 Predators at Capitals (a non-specific hunter vs an even less specific type of city. how exciting!)
7:30 Blackhawks at Penguins (Versus)
7:30 Sabres at Senators
7:30 Coyotes at Panthers (see Nashville this is how you get specific with your predatorial nickname)
8:30 Islanders at Jets
9:00 Wild at Flames (the **** is a Wild?)

6:30 IPFW at Purdue BTN (greatest 2 programs ever!)
7:00 Bucknell at 1 Syracuse ESPNU
7:00 Samford at 3 Kentucky ESPN2
7:00 St. Francis at 13 Pittsburgh
8:30 Lamar at 2 Ohio St. BTN
9:00 Butler at Gonzaga ESPN2
9:00 Charleston at 4 Louisville ESPNU



Rodgers Tops Pro-Bowl Votes

Green Bay Packers QB AARON RODGERS received 1,581,982 fan votes to lead all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2012 Pro Bowl. Fan voting ended on Monday, Dec. 19. A record 100.64 million votes were cast by fans this year. <span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11.0pt;">The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the...

Rodgers named Male Athlete of the Year

When Aaron Rodgers needs to rekindle the feelings that drove his rise from a junior college quarterback to Super Bowl MVP, he doesn't have to look too far. Rodgers held on to the many rejection letters he received from marquee college programs as he was coming out of high school. Even today, he leaves a few of them sitting out at his house. ''I chose the couple that...

Chiefs' win a blueprint? Packers not buying it

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Yes, it's true. The previously undefeated Green Bay Packers did lose to the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game, the Packers' defense didn't create any turnovers, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed less than 50 percent of his passes, both of which happened for the first time this season. But if there are any NFL teams who think that the Chiefs have...

Packers' Aaron Rodgers claims AP accolade

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is the 2011 Male Athlete of the Year chosen by members of The Associated Press after his MVP performance in the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory in February and his stellar play during the team's long unbeaten run this season. Rodgers received 112 ...

Packers might learn you CAN win by losing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Chiefs' 19-14 victory over the undefeated Green Bay Packers on Sunday turned the NFL on its head, and now allow me to try to do the same. That loss could end up being the best thing that's happened to the Packers so far this season. It had been one day shy of exactly one year since Aaron Rodgers and his well-coached compadres last lost...

Brees sets record with 11th 300-yard game of season

Drew Brees set a single-season record with his 11th 300-yard passing game in Sunday's 42-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Brees threw for 412 yards and five touchdowns on Sunday, giving him five consecutive 300-yard games. He has 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions in that span. With two games left on the season, Brees has thrown for 4,780 yards and needs 305 to surpass...

Potential NFC Championship Game At Lambeau Field Could Actually Help 49ers

The Green Bay Packers stunning loss to the Kansas City Chiefs has sent them into a downward spiral in power rankings lists across the country. Not Really. But they aren't undefeated anymore, and although they remain the clear favorite to take the NFC yet again, they have more weaknesses than you may think. The offensive line crumbled with injuries on Sunday, and Rodgers was...

Crennel, Chiefs show how it's done, but who else can do it?

In a copycat league, expect to see the Packers' playoff opponents take a page from the Chiefs' playbook in their quest to stop Aaron Rodgers and company.

Video: Video: Brees having a magical year

Mike Florio and Peter King discuss some ofthe NFL's top stories. Drew Brees is closing in on Dan Marino's single-season passing yards record, and Matthew Stafford seems to have finally taken the final step into becoming an elite-level quarterback. (NBC Sports)

Fantasy Football Week 16 Waiver Wire Options

This past Week 15 was quite a wacky one in the world of the NFL. The 72′ Miami Dolphins uncorked their champagne after the previously undefeated Packers lost to the Kyle Orton led Chiefs and Dan Orlovsky probably downed a couple of adult beverages himself after making sure he wouldn’t be part of a second 0-16 team as he led the winless Colts to their first victory of the year...

Saints Nation: Offensive Player Grades @ Vikings

Despite a sloppy start that included alarming mistakes, laziness, lack of focus and penalties, the Saints scored 42 points. The offense is that good. To be able to overcome some of the glitches to put up a point total like that is amazing. Granted, they didn't exactly play the best defense in the world, but I think the most encouraging thing we saw was that this was one of the...

Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings

QB's WR's 1 Drew Brees NO (vs ATL) 1 Roddy White ATL (at NO) 2 Tom Brady NE (vs MIA) 2 Calvin Johnson DET (vs SD) 3 Cam Newton CAR (vs TB) 3 Vincent Jackson SD (at DET) 4 Aaron Rodgers GB (vs CHI) 4 Brandon Marshall MIA (at NE) 5 Tony Romo DAL (vs PHI) 5 Wes Welker NE (vs MIA) 6 Philip...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.