With both the Packers and the Vikings in the thick of the playoff pictures, Rodgers and Favre are being compared in this series of articles on a weekly basis. Favre has an 8-5 lead going with 4 games left with this week yet to be tallied.
Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre lead their teams into the last quarter of the season. The Packers went into Chicago to take on the rival Bears while the Vikings played host to the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals.
Brett Favre 17/30 for 192 yards 1 TD 1 INT
The Vikings came out in this game making it a point of running the football. It put some pressure on Favre to convert third downs, particularly 3 rd and long. The Bengals defense did make things difficult for the Vikings passing game. Also, rookie Percy Harvin was absent from the receiving corps with migraines.
This was a game manager output for Brett Favre. Brett was pounded by the Bengals pass rush including taking the full weight of a Tank Johnson hit. Brett could be seen on the sidelines testing his jaw after the play.
Brett threw an interception on 3rd and 5 while he got a touchdown on 3rd and 9 in the first half of the game. Brett had a rare QB sneak for four yards on 3rd and 2. Minnesota Vikings fans gave Brett Favre a standing ovation. The Vikings added three field goals in the first half to lead the Bengals 16-7 going into intermission.
Minnesota opened up the third quarter with a long sustained drive. Favre converted passes on 3rd & 5 and 3rd & 12 while Adrian Peterson pounded the ball. Peterson scored on a 1 yard run extending Minnesota’s lead to 23-7. Adrian Peterson added another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter as an exclamation point to the Viking 30-10 whipping of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Aaron Rodgers 16/24 180 yards 0 TD 0 INT
The Green Bay Packers opened their game with a 62 yard touchdown run by Ryan Grant on their first play from scrimmage. Later in the first quarter, Rodgers had a beautifully thrown bomb to Greg Jennings, but Jennings lost control of the football as he went out the back of the end zone for an incomplete pass. Green Bay settled for a field goal.
Green Bay’s defense stifled the Chicago offense for most of the game, while Aaron Rodgers made short passes. The Packer lead the Bears 13-7 at halftime, but it seemed that Green Bay had dominated. In the third quarter, Rodgers bumbled and fumbled the ball up into the air that was recovered by Chicago. Chicago turned that turnover into a touchdown and took the lead 14-7 in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Nick Collins intercepted Jay Cutler and returned the ball to the Chicago 11 yard line. The Packers got a touchdown on a Ryan Grant rush. Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for a two point conversion to give the Packers the lead 21-14. Green Bay’s defense tightened up and closed out the win, 21-14.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 180 yards with Jermichael Finley catching 5 passes for 70 yards. Ryan Grant picked up the slack running for 137 yards on 20 carries. Rodgers was sacked two times, which puts his season total of at 47, tying Green Bay’s franchise record (Don Majkowski, 1989).
I am going to let the readers decide if Aaron or Brett gets the week.
Whoever wins the polling by next Sunday (12-13-2009) gets the win. Brett leads 8-5 in Year #2 quarterback challenge.
Both quarterbacks got lots of help this week from the running games and from their defenses. Rodger passed for 180 yards while Favre picked up 192. Brett had an interception, Aaron had a fumble. The Packers won a divisional game on the road, while the Vikings beat down the AFC North division leader at home in the dome. Aaron had a better QB rating of 88.9 to Brett’s 73.2. Note: if Aaron’s fumble would have been ruled an interception, his rating would have been 71.5.
It is really interesting how the two quarterbacks’ seasons have been almost mirror images week to week. This week, both had modest numbers while leading their teams to victories. Brett has 27 touchdowns to Aaron’s 25. Brett has 6 interceptions to Aaron’s 7. Both have out have QB ratings above 100 while Rodgers has 3579 yards versus Favre’s 3341.
The Packers have won five in a row while the Vikings are 11-2. A third meeting between the two quarterbacks is a real possibility in the playoffs. With Aaron Rodgers accuracy and the Packers defense stepping up, it makes the Packers the most dangerous team in the playoffs.