Rodgers/Packers Have Much to Prove

The constant debate in most NFL circles is; “Who’s the best QB in the league right now.”  In most circumstances the answer comes to either Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers.  For a few years now, I’ve been in the Rodgers camp and have argued that not only is Rodgers the best quarterback in the game, but he has the chance to be the best of all-time.  Given his last two games, I’m not sure if that statement holds much water.

There’s no denying that the Packers’ woes over the past few weeks do not fall solely on the shoulders of Rodgers.  He’s playing with a beat-up offensive line, receivers that can’t get much (if any) separation from defensive backs, and a defense that has more holes than Swiss cheese.  However, if he’s going to be considered to be the best in the game, he has to overcome those odds and find ways to win.

Comparatively, Brady is playing with a patchwork offensive line and lost his number one receiver to a broken foot last week against the Giants (Rodgers lost Jordy Nelson due to a preseason injury).  Now granted Brady plays for the best coach in the game and has a much better defense than Rodgers, but there’s never any doubt that the Patriots are motivated week in and week out.  Unfortunately given the last few weeks, the same can’t be said for the Packers.

Statistically speaking Rodgers is having another great year; 2,270 yards, 21 TD’s, 3 INT’s with a 103.4 QBR.  Please don’t get me wrong, those are great stats, but his team isn’t winning.  As the leader and face of the franchise, Rodgers needs to find new ways to motivate this team.  This week’s game is going to have an enormous impact on the way many will view the Packers [and Rodgers] for the rest of the season.  They play the division leading Vikings, who have surprised most of the league winning five straight off their bye week.  If the Packers win, all questions on the state of this team and Rodgers will disappear rather quickly; however if they lose, it’s going to be a long road ahead for this once promising team.

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the game and has all the talent to end up as the greatest ever.  Whether or not he’s able to live up to that standard is still up in the air however at this moment it’s not looking to promising.  The remainder of this season is going to be a huge test for him not just as a quarterback but a leader as well.  At seasons end, I believe we’ll have a better idea of where Rodgers will rank within the pantheon of quarterbacks; something tells me, he’s still has some magic up his sleeve.

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