NFL Fact or Fiction: Aaron Rodgers Is the Best QB in the NFL
Everywhere you turn, yet another analyst is praising his skill. Opposing defenses don't even dare to deny his ability, and his teammates can't say enough about their quarterback.
The only person not talking about him is Aaron Rodgers, the superstar himself.
Rodgers is the unofficial MVP of the first half of the season, but is he truly the best QB in the NFL?
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Having the last name of Manning automatically makes you a star quarterback in the NFL, right?
And after all, you can't spell elite without "Eli."
However, the argument isn't whether the sidelined Peyton or the rising Eli are elite QBs, it is if they are the best in the league right now.
Eli is having a solid year and has taken the Giants to 6-2, yet his completion percentage is still 10 points less the Rodgers' and he's nowhere near as talented.
Peyton is undoubtedly a future Hall of Famer, and the Colts have collapsed in his absence, but it's difficult to make an argument for him when he's not on the field.
Even if Peyton was playing, it's still hard to imagine him shining any brighter than Rodgers at this point in his career.
The Brady Rule
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It is an unwritten rule to throw Tom Brady into any conversation of the NFL's best quarterbacks.
This is simply because he has been the league's best for much of his career—but not anymore.
The Patriots aren't the powerhouse they used to be, and Brady is having an off year, allowing Rodgers to take his throne.
He still has a passer rating over 100 and he's playing great football, but Aaron Rodgers can do everything that Brady can't.
Brady is turning the ball over more, he can't scramble or extend plays like Rodgers, and his accuracy doesn't compare, either. Anything Brady can do right now, Rodgers is somehow doing better.
Nevertheless, Rodgers can only hope to accomplish what Brady has in his career, but he's certainly doing an exceptional job of working on it.
What a Super Bowl it would be if both No.12s could go head to head!
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The Super Bowl MVP from two years ago is the only quarterback in the NFL with more than 3,000, yards and he is hard on Rodgers' heels.
Brees just missed beating the Packers at Lambeau in Week 1 and played on par with the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
He's completed 71 percent of his passes this season and is second only to Rodgers in that stat as well as in passing touchdowns.
The only problem is that he's thrown 11 picks in nine games.
Mr. Rodgers Is Setting Records
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Aaron Rodgers has had a career-high six 300-yard games this season, and he still has eight more games to go.
He also set a personal record against the Rams with a 93-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, who is one of seven Packers receivers to haul in one of Rodgers' 24 TD passes.
A-Rod's exceptional pocket presence has allowed him time to find his targets, and he has confidence in all of them.
Rodgers only had 12 TDs at this point last season, and he's on pace to set a career high in 2012.
It's amazing to watch him thread the needle time after time with his pinpoint accuracy. I don't think I've even seen him throw a bad pass this year, except for intentionally throwing the ball out of bounds or spiking it.
Not to mention that his receivers sometimes drop perfectly thrown passes.
Rodgers has accomplished such a high rate of success by spreading the ball around. He set a record by hitting 12 different receivers against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football.
He's Athletic, Efficient, and Clutch
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With only three interceptions so far in 2011, Rodgers has been highly efficient and rarely turns the ball over.
It's fair to say that a few of those picks weren't his fault because of receiver drops and tipped passes, but that happens to every QB.
Rodgers never gives the ball away in crucial situations, and that is vital in the NFL.
Rodgers has 127 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the year, and that's all that's expected. His legs sure come in handy to pick up first downs when the defense focuses on locking down all of his receivers.
The man can do it all, and he can do it all exceptionally well.
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Aaron Rodgers is in a league of his own in 2011.
There are many talented quarterbacks in the NFL right now, but the facts prove that none of them are nearly as good as him at this moment in history.
He's on pace to break single-season records in passer rating and completion percentage.
With a 24-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio, his decision making has been flawless, and his confidence can't be shaken.
Yes, the Packers have appeared vulnerable at times this season, especially in pass defense, but with Rodgers at quarterback they can outscore anyone.
Green Bay has won 14 straight because they own the best quarterback in the NFL.