This offseason brought a ton of drama for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. After the team made a disappointing exit from the playoffs in 2019, they elected to spend a first-round pick on a potential Rodgers replacement in Jordan Love, rather than giving Rodgers more weapons to work with on offense.
Rodgers has quickly responded by showing he's still the man in Green Bay, turning back the clock with an incredible Week 1 showing against the Minnesota Vikings. With that performance, his odds to win his third NFL MVP award have skyrocketed.
Heading into Week 1, Rodgers' +2300 MVP odds were tied for ninth in the NFL. After Week 1, that ranking has jumped to fourth, at +1400 on FanDuel Sportsbook. He trails only Patrick Mahomes (+350), Lamar Jackson (+550) and Russell Wilson (+600).
It's not hard to see why. Rodgers torched the Vikings for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns with 0 interceptions on 32-of-44 passing. He relied heavily on top wideout Davante Adams (14 receptions), but also got big games out of Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Even with the Packers' refusal to invest in the WR position, Rodgers worked magic against a Vikings squad that ranked fifth against the pass in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric in 2019. The Minnesota D did lose some key pieces, but this wasn't a bottom-end defense that Rodgers just shredded.
Rodgers and the Packers are sitting as 5.5-point favorites over the Detroit Lions in Week 2, and another big game from Rodgers should keep him in the MVP conversation.
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