Aaron Rodgers has been in the NFL headlines all year, for numerous reasons. The headlines talked down on Rodgers after a 4-6 start to the season, even though personally he had already racked up 28 total touchdowns, and had only posted a QB rate lower than 90 in 3 games. Rodgers accomplished all of this while being sacked 24 times, only throwing 7 interceptions, and having one of the worst, most inconsistent defenses in all of the NFL. Every outlet called out Rodgers “mediocracy” and pinned blame on him for the Packers faults.
Normally, those kind of numbers with those circumstances would allow the burden to fall on the entire team, not solely on the quarterback.
Except when that quarterback is Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers has been the pinnacle of excellence at the quarterback position since he became the starter in Green Bay in 2008. Since his second year at the Helm of the Packer offense, he has thrown for at least 3,800 yards and 28 touchdowns in each season. And those are the low ends. He’s thrown over 38 touchdowns 4 times, and over 4,300 yards in 5 of those years. In the same era, only future Hall of Famers Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning only have numbers comparable to that over that stretch. Those are pretty good names to have mentioned in the same sentence as your own. Aaron Rodgers has earned the right to stand side by side with these football giants, and is destined for the same glory they have attained.
So when Rodgers heard the doubters grow even louder after their losing streak was extended to 4 in Week 11, he told reporters that he thought the Packers could “run the table,” meaning win out, and make the playoffs. While most scoffed at his remark, Rodgers took it to heart.
Then… he ran the table.
Since Week 11, the Packers are 8-0, including a latest Divisional Playoff win vs the favored Dallas Cowboys that have set them up with a matchup with the Falcons in the NFC Championship for the right to head to Super Bowl LI. During this historic run, Rodgers has been beyond excellent. He has 21 touchdowns and only one pick, while having a QB rate over 115 six times.
That is simply incredible, and if this hasn’t cemented Rodgers as not only one of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation, but of all time, then nothing will. No one in football history has displayed such mastery at the QB position. If Rodgers and the Packer could somehow go on a 10-0 streak to win the Super Bowl, it would a tale told for generations of football fans. Aaron Rodgers playing at this level for this long is outstanding for even the greatest of quarterbacks.
Only thing left now, is to see if Rodgers can run the entire table. That sounds like a much better headline.