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Aaron Rodgers tipped to win the NFL MVP race this season

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Aaron Rodgers is the most successful quarterback in NFL history according to one simple statistic.

That stat is quarterback passer rating, with the Packers signal caller surpassing NFL greats and his heroes such as Joe Montana and Steve Young in that department in recent seasons.

Rodgers highly rated 

But what about the 2014 NFL season? How good will Aaron Rodgers be during this season? After sneaking into the playoffs and getting knocked out in the Wildcard Round, Rodgers and his Packers team will be aiming to get back to the promised land and progress deeper in the playoff rounds.

Many people in the know feel that the Packers will regain their greatness this season, and one of those so called 'experts' Stephen A.Smith is even predicting that Aaron Rodgers will pick up the NFL MVP award this campaign.

"He will be strong this year because of Eddie Lacy. Teams will have to neutralise Lacy, so in turn they will give Aaron Rodgers more time to work," Smith explained on First Take.

"And teams can't simply just load up their secondary and disrupt Rodgers play because they need to stop Eddie Lacy. He hasn't had a running game for most of his career in Green Bay, and with one this year I think he will win the NFL MVP." 

As usual, pretty explosive quotes from the co-host of ESPN's First Take in the video below. But rather than his normal headline grabbing comments, Stephen A.Smith's comments on Rodgers certainly have merit.

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Rodgers ready for MVP race 

Aaron Rodgers certainly has a shot of picking up the NFL MVP this season. He has the chance to make a real difference to his team because, for once, the pressure is not solely on him to produce. 

In past seasons, Rodgers has come into the season knowing that if he doesn't perform the Packers won't win football games. The situation is much different this season for Green Bay, with the running game as equally threatening to opposition defenses as Rodgers' arm is. 

Eddie Lacy managed to make over 1,100 yards last season and he didn't even start every game. A fully fit Lacy will give Rodgers the perfect foil, and with top receivers such as Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, expect Rodgers production to be close to his personal best this year. 

Whether that will be enough to remove Peyton Manning from his throne remains to be seen, but Stephen A.Smith's prediction still stands up as a good one. 

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