I’m going to preface this post by saying I’m not a Green Bay Packers fan. I have no allegiance to the team whatsoever.
After the first four games of this season, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has proven himself to be the best signal-caller in the NFL.
After a Sunday whipping of the Denver Broncos, the Packers are currently 4-0, making them the only undefeated team other than the Detroit Lions. In Sunday’s game, Rodgers completed 29-of-38 passes for 408 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for two scores and racked up a quarterback rating of 134.5. While those numbers look fantastic, it’s exactly the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Rodgers over the past few years.
So far this season Rodgers has completed 103-of-141 passes (73 percent) for 1,325 yards, with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Those numbers give him an NFL-best quarterback rating of 124.5.
While some argue that quarterback rating is an imperfect statistic, the 27-year-old Rodgers now owns the best rating in NFL history at 100.5. Admit it, that’s impressive.
Rodgers has been a starter for three season (starting in 2008). In that time it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t risen to be the best quarterback in the NFL. If you compare his numbers to those of the other to signal-callers the league has to offer over the past two seasons, things get interesting.
Rodgers: 662-of-1,016 (65.2 percent), 8,356 yards, 58 touchdowns, 18 interceptions. Quarterback rating of 102.3.
Peyton Manning: 843-of-1,250 (67.4 percent), 9,200 yards, 66 touchdowns, 33 interceptions. Quarterback rating of 95.5.
Philip Rivers: 674-of-1,027 (65.6 percent), 8,964 yards, 58 touchdowns, 22 interceptions. Quarterback rating of 103.0.
Tom Brady: 695-of-1,057 (65.8 percent), 8,298 yards, 64 touchdowns, 17 interceptions. Quarterback rating of 103.1.
Drew Brees: 811-of-1,172 (69.2 percent), 9,008 yards, 67 touchdowns, 33 interceptions. Quarterback rating of 99.1.
All of those guys are pretty close statistically, but looking at what Rodgers did in the postseason last year and the ridiculous numbers he has put up this year, the Cal product has separated himself from the pack. On top of everything else, Rodgers has led the Packers to a 29-11 over the past two seasons and the first four games of this year.
If you’ve watched Rodgers play it’s obvious the guy has an insane level of confidence in his abilities. The guy has a grasp of his team’s offense that only Brady and Manning can boast. With Manning sidelined by an injury and Brady throwing five interceptions this season so far, Rodgers has elevated himself to the top of the heap. Brees has also found the opposition four times this season, while Rivers has thrown six picks.
Rodgers has simply been better than anyone else over the past few seasons and seems to only be getting better.
While Brady, Manning and Brees consistently get mentioned as the top quarterbacks in the NFL, it’s hard to argue the Green Bay Packers don’t have the top guy in the NFL under-center right now.