After coming off an MVP season in 2011, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had high expectations for 2012. The team finished 15-1 last season and with the same pieces coming back on offense more of the same was expected and Rodgers didn’t disappoint.
The season started off slow for the Packers, going 2-3 in their first five games. In a surprise to most, it was the defense playing well with the offense struggling to find a rhythm. This was most likely due to the injuries the team was faced with. Rodgers’ favorite target over the past few years, Greg Jennings, was sidelined with a groin injury after Week 1. Receiver Jordy Nelson was also sidelined for half of the season with a hamstring injury that made Randall Cobb and James Jones the top receivers on the team.
No matter who was on the field, Rodgers was able to make the passing game work. In fact, only twice during the season were Jennings, Nelson, Cobb and Jones playing in the same game. With different combinations of receivers in different spots every week, Rodgers had to adjust his game week to week based on who was playing.
Although he will not be talked about for MVP this season, Rodgers’ numbers are virtually the same as last season. In 2011, Rodgers finished with 46 touchdowns to just six interceptions with a completion percentage of 68 percent. Those numbers were outstanding and will be hard to be come by again. In a sense, Rodgers was a victim of his own success. This season he finished with 39 touchdowns and eight interceptions with a completion percentage of 67 percent.
Overall, Rodgers was the clear MVP of the Packers and he did everything he could to help Green Bay win another Super Bowl. After another disappointing loss in the divisional round of the playoffs this season, Rodgers will be looking for more help on offense that includes a better running game and better protection up front.
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