Aaron Rodgers has done it again. He put on a brilliant show against the Minnesota Vikings this week, completing 24-of-29 passes, averaging almost 10 yards a throw, and not even throwing a pick. It was a magnificent game, but the most impressive part was that he was missing his receivers.
Rodgers lost Randall Cobb and James Jones to injuries this week but still put up huge numbers as he leaned on Jordy Nelson while utilizing other unknowns like Jarrett Boykin. Rodgers’ great play even without his top wideouts stands in stark contrast to Tom Brady who has struggled without his usual top flight receivers. The fact that Rodgers succeeded even without his top guys suggests he may be better than Brady at this stage in his career.
The real competitor for Rodgers is Peyton Manning. Manning has had a better year thus far, but with Rodgers putting up big numbers, there could be a little more of an MVP race than many fans currently believe. Sure, Manning has better numbers, but Rodgers has excelled even without his top wide receivers while Manning has not had those same worries.
It will be hard for Rodgers to catch up to Manning and maybe it is too much to ask, but he certainly has the talent. Regardless of the Manning-Rodgers debate, the Green Bay Packers know that they will have the better quarterback no matter who they play in the playoffs. That edge is often the difference in the hotly competitive NFL, so they should feel pretty good atop the NFC North.