Aaron Rodgers solidified his MVP season with an elite performance against the Chicago Bears.
In fact, there was little double by halftime. Rodgers opened the game 10-for-10 with three touchdowns against a defense tailored to stop him. Khalil Mack and the Bears had few answers for Rodgers all day, with No. 12 capping his MVP regular season by finding ol’ reliable, Davante Adams, for the 18th time this year.
Adams and Rodgers are in their seventh season together, and on a day in which the former set the Packers regular season reception record, his signal-caller will take home the second MVP of his historic career.
48 touchdown passes later, Rodgers isn’t slowing down anytime soon
It wasn’t always this way, however. Green Bay shocked many, Rodgers included, when they spent their first-round pick on Utah State’s Jordan Love, essentially tabbing a replacement for the best quarterback in franchise history. This is nothing against Love, who has plenty of potential in his own right. But it clearly lit a fire under Rodgers, who was in need of new weapons, not a young quarterback to tutor.
Yet, Rodgers made the most of the weapons he had. Adams is a future Hall-of-Fame wideout at this rate. Aaron Jones is an elite-level running back in a contract year. Both AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams are capable backups, and Rodgers has fully bought into Matt LaFleur’s system. Robert Tonyan has been a revelation, catching 11 touchdowns at the tight end position — the same amount as Travis Kelce. Even Marquez Valdes-Scantling looks elite in this offense, and a lot of that is thanks to Rodgers.
This is to take nothing away from Rodgers, who has made this group, from start to finish, the most consistent offense in the NFL. And with Patrick Mahomes getting some well-deserved rest in Week 17, Rodgers’ four additional touchdown passes all but puts the race away, even with Josh Allen’s impressive effort in Buffalo.
Mahomes has plenty of accolades in front of him. With one final four-touchdown performance on Sunday, Rodgers assured that the old guard garners at least one more achievement, while he’s still young enough to sling it with the best of them.