Five keys to a rejuvenated Aaron Rodgers: Why he looks like an MVP candidate

    Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.

Aaron Rodgers’ talent transcends scheme. The Green Bay Packers quarterback can be a star in any system. But after a bumpy 2019 in first-year head coach Matt LaFleur’s rhythm- and timing-based offense, Rodgers is off to a great start this season.

Through Week 3, Rodgers’ 90.3 Total QBR ranks second in the NFL — just behind Patrick Mahomes — and he has thrown nine touchdown passes without an interception. Rodgers put up a career-low 52.5 QBR last season, which ranked 20th in the NFL. After the Packers picked quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, questions were raised about the 36-year-old Rodgers’ future in Green Bay. He has silenced doubters so far, however, leading the NFL’s most prolific offense.

As the Packers prepare for a Monday night matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, I went back to the game tape to find the areas in which Rodgers looks much improved from 2019. Here are five reasons why Rodgers has been more efficient and should still be considered one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks:

Playing within the structure of LaFleur’s system

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