Aaron Rodgers should have the NFL MVP award “locked up”, according to his Green Bay Packers team-mate Davante Adams.
Rodgers completed 19 of 24 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers’ 35-16 victory over the Bears, clinching Green Bay the top seed in the NFC playoffs for the first time in nine years.
The Packers quarterback connected for TDs with Robert Tonyan, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Dominique Dafney and Adams.
Rodgers finished the regular season with 48 touchdown passes to join Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history with at least 45 in more than one season (two each). In the previous three instances they were named MVP.
Adams has enjoyed a stellar season, too. He has taken 115 catches, overtaking Sterling Sharpe’s franchise record of 112, while his 18 touchdowns tied Sharpe’s franchise-best.
The 28-year-old says there is only one candidate for the MVP award, though.
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“The MVP should be locked up,” he told reporters after Sunday’s win. “There’s nothing else to really talk about. You look at what we’ve done and what he’s been able to do, and they’ve hit him with everything.
“[They] said he didn’t have any weapons, and we go out there and go 13-3 regular season, which isn’t our main goal, obviously, but it’s a hell of an accomplishment, especially when you’re in your second year with a new staff.”
The win earned the Packers the NFC’s only first-round bye as well as home-field advantage, and Adams acknowledged the impact playing at Lambeau Field will have.
“It’s a world of difference,” Adams said. “People play different, people act different, they talk different, everything [is different] coming through Lambeau. It is what it is.
“You can come in and try to bark and be barefoot pregame, shirt off and do whatever you want to do, but at the end of the day it’s a beast playing in that snow. It’s a beast playing in that weather.
“It’s not going to be easy but it gives us a tremendous amount of confidence knowing we’re at home. And from what I’ve seen in the past, it’s taken that confidence away from our opponents.”