Aaron Rodgers: Why He's the Best Quarterback in the NFL

Sam Tastad@@samtastadCorrespondent IIIOctober 3, 2011

Aaron Rodgers: Why He's the Best Quarterback in the NFL

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    Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to another victory and had another monster day Sunday.

    Rodgers has continued to show that he is an elite quarterback with his decision-making, playmaking and the leadership he has shown the Packers. 

    Here are five reasons why Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL right now:

No. 1: Accuracy

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    Aaron Rodgers is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the entire NFL. Rodgers has a 73.1 percent completion percentage through the first four games of the season. 

    That is the best in the entire NFL. 

    Rodgers doesn't just throw to one or two guys. Sunday, Rodgers hit eight different receivers. He hit nine in each of the first two games and seven in Week 3. 

No. 2: Playmaking Ability

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    Aaron Rodgers can make big plays out of nothing. A prime example is when the Green Bay Packers trailed Denver 3-0 late in the first quarter. 

    Rodgers nailed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that shifted the momentum. The Packers did not look back. 

    Look at these stats: Rodgers became the first NFL player ever to surpass 400 passing yards (408 total) while throwing four passing touchdowns and rushing for two more. 

    Don't count out these stats either: he completed 76 percent of his passes, had a 134.5 passer rating and averaged a whopping 10.7 passing yards per completion. 

    Rodgers also gets things done when the Packers need them most. Rodgers and the Packers were 9-of-13 on third down and 5-of-6 in the red zone. That is efficiency at its finest. 

    On the season, Rodgers has 1,325 passing yards, a 12-2 touchdown-interception ratio and a 124.6 passer rating. He averages 331 passing yards a game. 

    That is an elite quarterback and the reason why Green Bay is tied atop the NFC North with the Detroit Lions

No. 3: Rushing Ability

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    Aaron Rodgers isn't just a passer. Rodgers can run the ball, too. He showed that yesterday, with his two rushing touchdowns and nine carries for 36 yards. 

    But it's not just about touchdowns. Rodgers can get it done when no receivers are open. His scrambling ability and mobility are partly why the Packers are 4-0.

    When Rodgers can move outside the pocket, and avoid defenders, he has more time to find and hit his receivers for big plays. 

    In the last two years, Rodgers has rushed for over 300 yards. This year he has 53 yards and two touchdowns. 

    Rodgers will certainly need that mobility when the Packers play the Detroit Lions. 

No. 4: Clutch Performance

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    There may not be a more clutch quarterback than Aaron Rodgers right now in the NFL. 

    Rodgers is 32-20 in his career as the Packers quarterback in the regular season and 4-1 in the playoffs. 

    Rodgers and Green Bay have won their past ten games. 

    This season, Rodgers has showed why he can be clutch. 

    Against New Orleans in the season opener, Rodgers propelled Green Bay off to an early start, and they never gave up the lead.

    Against Carolina, Green Bay was down 13-7 at halftime. They outscored the Panthers 24-10 in the second half. 

    Against Chicago in Week 3, Green Bay never trailed, but the Bears nearly came back. Rodgers put the team on his back and helped run out the clock late in the game. 

    Then, this last week against Denver, Rodgers shifted the momentum when the Packers trailed 3-0 late in the first quarter with his 50-yard touchdown pass. The Packers didn't look back, but then when Denver pulled to within 21-17 late in the second quarter, Rodgers led another touchdown drive. In the second half, he put the game out of reach. 

No. 5: He Is Scary Good

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    Aaron Rodgers possesses a confidence in his arm that is why the Green Bay Packers are 4-0. Rodgers is cool and calm when he steps into the huddle and under center. 

    Rodgers wants to win and is driven to compete at the highest level every game.  

    He zips passes into his receivers, avoids sacks, thrives under pressure and is an accurate passer. 

    His decision-making and leadership are what the Packers need. Rodgers is not outspoken. He shows up to work and gets the job done. 

    Rodgers certainly isn't going anywhere and will be in green and gold for a long time.