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Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers II, Week Seven

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs by Kaluka Maiava #56 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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David ArreolaSenior Analyst IOctober 29, 2009

Welcome back friends to the seventh edition of Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers II. Last week Brett Favre's game-winning drive against the Ravens solidified his 5-1 lead over Aaron Rodgers.

This past week was filled with big plays and drama for our competing quarterbacks. Again I must apologize for the late post—real life seems to take priority over Bleacher Report most of the time. But, right here and now, let's analyze.

 

Minnesota Vikings   17
Pittsburgh Steelers 27

Brett Favre: 33-50, 334 yards, 1 INT

The Good: With Adrian Peterson as useful as the appendix, Brett Favre was called upon to carry his team to victory again against the Steelers. Favre had a season-high 33 completions out of a ridiculous 50 attempts.

Favre was very accurate through much of the game. He did not get much protection, but when he did he found the open man. He avoided costly mistakes against one of the best defenses in the league.

Favre put his team in position to win the game, until it got to the red zone. The Vikings offense was 1-5 in red zone trips. That is unacceptable if you want to win games in the NFL.

The Bad: Seventeen incompletions is not awful considering there were 33 completions to match, but that is a considerable amount.

Brett Favre did a great job of running the offense until the Vikings got into the red zone. As I mentioned above, Favre's offense only scored once on five red zone trips. And allowed two defensive touchdowns in those trips.

Really a complete meltdown in crunch time. Which is an odd thing to say considering Favre has been at his best in crunch time this season.

 

Green Bay Packers 31
Cleveland Browns    3

Aaron Rodgers: 15-20, 246 yards, 3 TDs

The Good: Another week, another big day for Aaron Rodgers against one of the worst teams in the NFL. What he did in 20 attempts is outstanding. Rodgers had open targers all game and did not miss often.

Rodgers had two huge touchdown passes early in the game, granted he got help from his receivers earning YAC to score the touchdowns.

Unlike the previous week, Rodgers did not sputter in the second half and kept his offense moving with first downs.

The Bad: Not much I can say here. Rodgers had time to throw, and did he ever throw. He didn't hold onto the ball for too long and was in complete control of this game.

Did I mention Rodgers played really well?

 

The Pick

Brett Favre led the weekend in passing yards, and could have earned a win this week had Chester Taylor not blown the easiest catch of his career.

But Aaron Rodgers' big day earns him the pick this week. His flawless performance gives him the second best passer rating in the league. Rodgers begins his comeback by cutting Favre's lead to 5-2.

 

Final Thoughts...

The game vs. the Steelers was a tough loss for Brett and the Vikings, but should not dictate the rest of the season. Favre had some tough breaks, but I think he is still going to play at a high enough level to win games.

Aaron Rodgers is reaching the form he was expected to reach when this season began. However, his competition has been cream puffs and cannot be taken seriously as a way to measure how good Rodgers really is.

 

Next week...

The hour is at hand. Brett Favre returns to Lambeau Field. Need I say more? No, I don't.

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