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There's no doubt Aaron Rodgers will be the Packers' leading passer as long as he's healthy. The only question is, will he be able to exceed last year's eye-popping numbers?
In 2011, Rodgers completed 343-of-502 passes (68.3 percent) for 4,643 yards with 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions, good for an NFL single-season record 122.5 passer rating.
Those numbers were good enough to win the NFL's MVP award, even though Rodgers did not lead the league in several statistical categories.
It should be noted that Rodgers did not play in the final regular season game, seeing as the Packers had already clinched a bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The decision to withhold Rodgers from the regular season finale meant he went three weeks between games—which didn't come without criticism, considering the egg the Packers laid in their loss to the New York Giants in the divisional round.
If Rodgers plays in a full 16 games this upcoming season, he'd have a better chance to surpass last year's numbers—but it didn't help that the Packers offense was so dominating.
Most times being dominating would be a good thing, but it also meant the Packers would put the reins on Rodgers and try to run out the clock late in several games.
For the sake of comparison, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints completed 468-of-657 passes (71.2 percent) for 5,476 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a 110.6 passer rating in 2011.
Rodgers had a higher passer rating and fewer interceptions than Brees, but trailed in all other passing areas.
Whether or not Rodgers can better the numbers put up by Brees could depend upon whether the Packers have to pass the ball to win more games in 2012.