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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will win the NFL MVP award

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be leading sportsbooks’ second favourite to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award currently, but the two-time award winner is playing some of the best football of his career.

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Rodgers has started the year red-hot leading the Green Bay Packers to a 6-1 record and throwing for 2,019 yards. The quarterback has tossed 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Rodgers is on pace to throw for more touchdowns than in his last two seasons. He could also finish the year throwing the fewest number of interceptions in his career.

There is still plenty of gridiron action to play this season. The Green Bay Packers have nine games to play in the regular season and a big showdown in Kansas City with the Chiefs is on the horizon for Sunday.

Rodgers will lead Green Bay into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday where the Chiefs have lost back to back home games. Kansas City starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes will miss the game with an injured knee. Mahomes won the NFL MVP award last season throwing 50 touchdown passes and for more than 5,000 yards.

How good has Rodgers been this season? Not only has he led the Packers to a 6-1 start but he has nearly thrown for half of his total passing yards from last season. Rodgers threw for 4,442 yards in 2018 as the Packers went 6-9-1 missing the playoffs. Remarkably, the 15-year veteran has already won the same number of games as last season.

Rodgers may be having a brilliant season under centre for the Packers but sportsbooks have Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson listed as the favourite to win the MVP award. Wilson’s numbers are good but no better than Rodgers.

The Seattle quarterback has thrown for 1,945 yards and 15 touchdowns. In NFL Week 7, Wilson threw his first interception which resulted in a touchdown for the Baltimore Ravens, dooming Seattle to a loss.

Unfortunately, we won’t get a Packers versus Seahawks game in 2019. If we did, we could see just which quarterback is the best of the best.

After seven weeks of gridiron action, Wilson and Rodgers are in a two-horse race for the NFL MVP award. Although New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Houston Texans signal-caller Deshaun Watson have been good this season, they just haven’t been to Wilson’s and Rodger’s levels.

Rodgers should pull ahead of Wilson with a win over the Chiefs away from home. The NFL Week 8 victory will initiate that move ahead of the Seahawks man as the favourite to win the MVP award.