Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers II, Week Six
Welcome back, my friends, to Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers. I must apologize for the delay of this article's publishing. A mix of school work and personal problems forced the late publishing. Anyway, I'm here now.
Last week, Brett Favre earned an automatic victory due to Aaron Rodgers being on a bye week. With that, Favre claims an impressive 4-1 lead on the Packers' quarterback. However, if you read my articles last season, you know Rodgers has come back before.
Now that we've disposed of the formalities, let's get on to business.
Brett Favre: 21-29, 278 yards, 3 TDs
Favre was somewhat expected to have a big week, seeing as how he was facing the 26th-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Favre's opening drive was beautiful—perfectly capped off with a 19-yard touchdown to Visante Shiancoe.
Favre continued to dominate the Ravens' defense in the first half as he seemed to be throwing all over the field. Every one of his passes were accurate and not a single one looked like it could have been picked off.
After the Vikings' defense had a colossal meltdown, Favre was forced into another game-winning drive situation...where he shined beautifully yet again with a 58-yard bomb to Sidney Rice.
This was Favre's 42 game-winning drive and—if I am not mistaken—40th fourth-quarter comeback.
The past few weeks have been hard for me to criticize Favre. He is making all the right decisions and is throwing like he was back in 2007.
Best of all, his receivers are making plays for him. They aren't dropping a lot of passes and are not quitting on plays.
I know this is the bad section of Favre's review, but there was really nothing unsatisfactory about Favre's week six performance.
The offense scored lots of points, and the only reason they didn't score more was because of terrible play calling late in the game.
Aaron Rodgers: 27-38, 358 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rodgers has played the Lions three times in his career, and all three times he has absolutely torched them. From the first snap to the last, Rodgers was absolutely on.
He found James Jones early for a huge touchdown pass that really set the tone for the rest of the game.
His first quarter looked as though he was going to throw for 400 yards and four TDs.
He was sacked a lot, but this time the sacks were completely on the offensive line, not just Rodgers holding on to the ball too long.
Despite Rodgers' amazing stats, his offense stalled late in the game. The Packers only scored three points in the second half. Against the Lions, this is not a big deal, but against a team whose offense is capable of scoring points fast...this is a real concern.
Rodgers turned the ball over twice in this game, both in the fourth quarter. These are mistakes that can't happen if your team is to be a contender.
The Pick: Brett Favre
This week Aaron Rodgers put up more sensational stats for us to admire. But, it was Favre's flawless performance that earns him the win for this week.
The reasoning is simple. Rodgers had two turnovers; Favre had zero. Favre had three touchdowns; Rodgers had two. Favre had a game-winning drive; Rodgers did not.
With this win, Brett Favre extends his already massive lead to 5-1. This could get ugly fast.
A Look Ahead
Next week, the Vikings and their 6-0 record get a real test when they roll into Pittsburgh to face one of the best teams in the NFL...while the Packers get another easy matchup against the lowly Browns.
Now that we are six weeks into the season, I can start to make intelligent assessments of both quarterbacks. In my honest opinion, only Peyton Manning is playing better football than Brett Favre. Brees and Brady both had one huge game to boost their stats, but Favre and Manning have consistently pummeled defenses.
Aaron Rodgers is showing more and more signs of becoming just like his former tutor every week. He keeps plays alive as long as he can and is showing some impressive play making skills. His receivers are great and he seems to have great chemistry with all of them.
I should also mention that week eight is the Big Game. Favre Bowl II: The Return to Lambeau Field.
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