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Starter Pack: Rodgers in the MVP Watch

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

Each week, ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano puts together a top-10 list of MVP candidates in what is aptly named the “MVP Watch.”

It’s a good barometer of how players’ stocks rise and fall with the flow of the season, in good games and in bad. In the end, one, two or maybe three candidates will end up separating themselves from the rest and the choice for the award will be relatively clear.

Will Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers be near the top of that list come December?

On Rodgers, Graziano wrote:

“The Watch still believes Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league, and that the Packers will end up a strong contender to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl before this is all said and done. The Watch also believes we’ll all someday live together in peace and harmony in a world in which human decency trumps petty self-interest. The Watch only recently found out about the Easter Bunny, but that doesn't matter. Rodgers on an MVP list is cash money, right? And at least he can’t lose in Week 4.”

See where Graziano has Rodgers ranked in this week’s Watch.

Hint: You’ll have to scroll down a bit.

Elsewhere:

  • The bye week has given us all a chance to catch our breath a little bit, considering we’ve been going seven days a week since this whole thing started back in July, but there’s still plenty to keep your interest. Our ESPN.com coverage included a look at kicker Mason Crosby’s strong start to the season, a video look at some issues the Packers face during the bye and our weekly QB Watch, which includes some interesting numbers about how Rodgers has bounced back from multiple interception games during his career.

  • One other item of note: Perhaps you’ve noticed the Sunday mailbag feature. If you want to submit questions, please do so via Twitter. Direct your tweets to my Twitter account @RobDemovsky and use the hashtag #PackersMail.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote the Packers have reason to believe their running game might be better than expected, and Andrew Pekarek has the story of a local indoor football player who got a tryout with the Packers this week.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn wrote that even though the Packers remain high on backup tackle Marshall Newhouse, they have no plans to bench either Don Barclay or David Bakhtiari after the bye.