Green Bay Packers: Could Aaron Rodgers Break the Single-Season Touchdown Record?

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIINovember 10, 2011

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 6:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the Green Bay Packers game against the San Diego Chargers on November 6, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Much is being said about Aaron Rodgers. He's the best quarterback in the league, and he's on pace to break Dan Marino's record of 5,084 passing yards, set back in 1984, and Drew Brees' completion percentage record, set back in 2009.

He might even be the first quarterback to ever go 19-0. You know the drill.

Rodgers truly is getting the recognition he deserves, but there's one thing that's got me a little confused. Of all the things being talked about in regards to Rodgers' success, how come nobody is bringing up the possibility of him passing the touchdown record of 50 set by Tom Brady back in 2007?

I understand that Rodgers isn't on pace to break it, but he's darn close. At his current pace, Rodgers would have 48 passing touchdowns, and that's only three off from breaking the record.

If Rodgers has even one breakout game where he throws anywhere between, say, five and seven touchdown passes, Rodgers would merely have to stay consistent on the touchdowns for the rest of the season to break Brady's record.

And that's not even including rushing touchdowns.

Rodgers is widely considered to be one of the better running quarterbacks in the NFL, not only because he knows how to scramble for some big yards, as he did against San Diego, but also that he can buy time outside of the pocket to allow his receivers to get open.

This athletic ability has given Rodgers a total of 15 rushing TD's since he became the starter in 2008. If we count his rushing TD's, Rodgers has an even greater chance of breaking the record.

In fairness, we would have to include Brady's rushing TD's as well, which would increase his touchdown record from 50 to 52. But with another eight games left to play, I'm gonna guess that Rodgers should easily be able to get a handful more rushing TD's this season, and that should still give him the advantage in this category.

If Rodgers doesn't break the record, big whoop. It's just a record, and the big record that counts in the NFL, is your record in the Super Bowl. And few disagree that Rodgers is edging closer and closer to another one, and maybe even more after that.

In that aspect, Rodgers has a chance to become a better quarterback that Brady, Peyton Manning or Marino ever were.