Brett Favre Vs. Aaron Rodgers; Week 15

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IDecember 14, 2008

Welcome friends to the 15th edition of Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers. The competition is tight and could be clinched in the next two weeks.

Last week Rodgers won his second straight week to even it up at 7-7.

Show time.


Week 15


New York Jets  31
Buffalo Bills      27

Brett Favre: 17-30 207yds, 1 TD 2 INT

The Good

For the first time in two weeks I can actually write something here for Favre. Brett Favre looked accurate, despite his 13 incompletions. He got his wide receivers involved early. Favre also had a 27 yard run on the Jets first drive. He probably would have scored if he was 4 seconds faster.

Favre showed his old self again as he didn't just throw little four yard hitch routes. He went deep and threw posts and deep slants. Overall a decent day for Favre.


The Bad

I would first like to say Favre threw ONE pick today. The other pick was quite simply a stroke of bad luck. His receiver dropped a great pass and the ball took a ridiculous bounce off Cotchery's SHOE into the hands of Paul Posluszny.

The other pick was usual Favre, overthrown ball into double coverage.

Favre owes the Bills for this one. Favre was given a chance to win the game and he threw incompletions. If not for the Bills making huge mistakes at the end, the Jets are on the outside of the playoffs looking in.


Green Bay Packers    16
Jacksonville Jaguars  20

Aaron Rodgers: 20-32 278yds, 1 TD 1 INT

The Good

Rodgers has convinced me of his accuracy. He doesn't seem to miss open receivers within 1-15 yards. After that, he is a little suspect. Rodgers found a lot of different receivers, eight to be exact. He kept the Packers in the game, leading the Packers to four scoring drives.

Rodgers was putting together a fantastic game, yet didn't finish.

The Bad

Have you ever heard the expression "fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."? The first time Rodgers tossed away a win, I was forgiving and awarded him the win regardless. This time, you are getting it Rodgers.

Again, he made a crucial mistake when he really didn't have to. It was a bad throw. Jordy Nelson was open and Rodgers flat out missed him.

Also Rodgers couldn't seem to move the Packers once they got in scoring distance. The Pack were held to three field goals. Opposed to three possible touchdowns. Not exactly what you want in the NFL.


The Pick

This is one of the tougher weeks. Both quarterbacks had similar games, making one mistake and each game was decided by four points. The difference is Rodgers' mistake cost the Packers the game. He didn't score touchdowns in the red zone and the Packers were forced to kick field goals.

Favre's offense scored three touchdowns opposed to three field goals.

In the end my decision will be decided on who I thought gave his team the best chance to win. Brett Favre put the Jets up early and kept them close enough for the defense to win it. The key word there being: win. Rodgers didn't give the Packers every point they could have gotten and threw it away at the end.

Favre takes an 8-7 lead with a chance to win the Master vs. Student Trophy next week against Seattle.


Final Thoughts

If the Jets do make the playoffs, they will lose their first game. I say this because the teams that will be in the AFC playoffs this year are really good. The way the Jets are playing simply isn't good enough to beat playoff teams.

The Colts would destroy the Jets defense. The Ravens defense would smother Favre's lifeless offense. The Jets get two more weeks to prove me wrong.

The Packers will now miss the playoffs. This one wasn't all on the defense. Rodgers hasn't been clutch as he now has missed two chances to become a hero. The job of a quarterback is often forgotten with all these stats and numbers.

Fact is, when you are given the ball with two minutes left in the game, you are expected to win the game. Favre has done that whenever he gets the chance this year. The Jets are 4-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less. The Packers are 1-6 in games decided by a touchdown or less.

You can't honestly think the defense is to blame for ALL six of those losses?