All It takes is one, and this throw sent the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback near the top of the list for MVP.
No one can deny that Aaron Rodgers is having an incredible season. One throw after another is on point despite having a limited arsenal.
This version of Rodgers is one that fans have missed over the past several seasons. Perhaps the addition of Jordan Love sparked a new flame on his meter, but for whatever reason, it’s working.
The Green Bay Packers have a shot to finish 13-3 for the second time in the Matt LaFleur era if they can win out. More than that, Rodgers has a chance to collect his third MVP trophy and first since 2014.
When looking back at the history of the MVP voting, who thought the 37-year-old would be the front-runner with names such as Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson taking over the NFL, could he keep up?
Rodgers spoke to reporters on Wednesday and was asked when he knew this season could be special. Rodgers said it was on a 20-yard throw to Marques Valdes-Scantling during the middle of training camp in August.
Instead of always leaning on perfect passes to the right side of the field, this throw was to the left.
“That, to me, gave me a lot of confidence that the things I was thinking about and working on and visualizing could come to fruition,” Rodgers said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Now you never know once the live bullets start going how you’re going to play, but I think as far as training camp goes, that was an important day for me. And a lot of things changed for me as far as my balance, my rhythm, my timing going forward.”
A season to remember for Rodgers and the Packers
While Rodgers has always been great, he’s aged like fine wine in 2020. Yes, the team finished 13-3 in 2019 on their way to an NFC Championship loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but Rodgers only threw for 26 touchdowns in all 16 games.
Now, he’s back to winning often in the passing game.
Through 13 games this season, Rodgers leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 39. He ranks third in fewest interceptions thrown (4) and passing yards. And with his next touchdown, he’ll become the first quarterback in league history to have three seasons of 40-plus touchdowns passing.
And there’s still a competition for the MVP?
One throw in a practice few cared about set Rodgers in motion for a season no one will forget.