Ranking Aaron Rodgers' 2011 Season Against Best QB Seasons in NFL History

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Ranking Aaron Rodgers' 2011 Season Against Best QB Seasons in NFL History
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So far in the 2011 NFL season, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers has put together one of the finest statistical years ever as a quarterback.  Rodgers has also led his team to a 13-0 record.

So far, Rodgers has thrown 39 TD passes compared to just six interceptions for 4,125 yards.  Rodgers also has a completion percentage of 69.6 percent right now, as well as a QB rating of 123.3.

Rodgers also has 56 20-plus yard completions so far in 2011, as well as 11 40-plus yard completions.  Talk about a big-play quarterback.

Rodgers also has a chance to break four of the most-storied records in NFL history by a quarterback:

- TD passes in a season (The record was set by Tom Brady with 50 in 2007)

- Passing yards in a season (The record was set by Dan Marino in 1984 when he threw for 5,084 yards)

- Completion percentage in a season (The record was set by Drew Brees in 2009 with a 70.6 percentage)

- QB rating (The record was set by Peyton Manning in 2004 when he had a 121.1 rating)

In terms of breaking Marino's record, Rodgers is being joined in that chase by three other QBs: Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Eli Manning.  All have a decent chance to break that mark.

Also, Rodgers is competing with Brees to break the record set by Brees regarding completion percentage in 2009.  Right now, Brees has a completion percentage of 70.9.

Based on his output so far in 2011, Rodgers is projected to throw 48 TD passes vs. seven interceptions for the season.  It's hard to say what may happen.  For one thing, the Packers will be playing the rest of their games outdoors in fairly frigid weather.

The Packers play Sunday in Kansas City and then return home to Lambeau Field for the final two games of the season vs. the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.

Another possible obstacle is that the Packers can clinch home-field advantage with a win vs. the Chiefs.  How much will head coach Mike McCarthy rest his troops down the stretch if that happens?  My guess is that he will allow his team to try and achieve a perfect 16-0 record for the season, but only within reason. 

The Packers cannot afford to allow Rodgers to get injured during this period.  Rodgers has been hit hard the past couple of weeks as well.  That goes for other key starters too, as the Packers have already lost WR Greg Jennings until the playoffs due to a knee injury.

In this comparison, I'm only going to compare Rodgers with QBs that have achieved at least a 90.0 QB rating in a season in the history of the NFL (going back over 50 years), among some other notable achievements. 

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