Sports Illustrated picks Packers NFC champs, Rodgers MVP

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 31, 2010 – 2:58 pm

Sports Illustrated‘s annual NFL preview issue, which hits newsstands this week, predicts the Green Bay Packers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl and QB Aaron Rodgers to win the league’s MVP award.

The predictions were made by longtime SI writer Peter King, who has the Packers winning the NFC North and earning the No. 2 playoff seed in the NFC to get a first-round bye. He then has the Packers beating the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round at home and then going on the road to beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in overtime in the NFC Championship.

King also has the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

As for Rodgers, SI writer Damon Hack in his team preview of the Packers quotes Head Coach Mike McCarthy saying, “He’s in total control of our offense. We’ve given him all the responsibilities. There hasn’t been a quarterback that I’ve coached or coordinated that has as much responsibility as he does.”

Rodgers also is on one of SI’s regional covers for the preview issue.

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