Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Predictions for NFL MVP, Rookie of the Year and More

ESPN offers their prediction on who will walk away with the top NFL honors this season.

It’s already been a great month for Aaron Rodgers thanks to the massive contract extension he just signed with the Green Bay Packers.

And, if ESPN’s NFL experts are correct, it’s going to be an even better year.

In a piece where the network attempts to predict which players will win NFL honors like Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, ESPN has Rodgers as the projected MVP.

Coming off a lost season during which he missed nine games thanks to a broken collarbone and the Packers failed to make the playoffs, that would be quite an accomplishment for the 34-year-old quarterback.

That said, one of the reasons seven of the 11 panelists surveyed for the piece is because Rodgers did miss more than half of Green Bay’s games last year.

“In picking Rodgers to win the big one, our panel has some historical support, according to ESPN. “The last time Rodgers missed a large chunk of a season due to injury was 2013, and he came back the following year to throw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns, and secure his second MVP award. A big comeback at age 34, and a return to the playoffs for the Packers, could secure Rodgers a third.”

Other awards predictions the panel offers are Bill Belichick winning Coach of the Year, Andrew Luck winning Comeback Player of the Year, and Aaron Donald winning Defensive Player of the Year.

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