Even if you aren’t a fan of the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, you have to give the Packers’ quarterback credit for his superhuman-like abilities on the football field.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers took on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday for the Divisional Game. Green Bay came out on top, 34-31. Mason Crosby kicked a game-winning field goal with three seconds left in the game. Crosby would not have gotten the chance to kick the 50-yarder if it wasn’t for Aaron Rodgers getting his team down the field with only thirty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The last pass that Rodgers threw before Crosby’s big kick defined him as a quarterback. It was third-and-twenty with twelve seconds left on the clock; the Packers were on their own thirty-three yard line. Rodgers hiked the ball, the pocket was closing in, he escaped to his left, and then threw an absolute dime across his body to tight end Jared Cook who made a spectacular toe-dragging catch down the sideline.
This play is a prime example of why Aaron Rodgers is given, “the best football player on the planet” label. He is always able to maintain his composure, no matter how much pressure is on him, he extends plays with his legs, throws with pin-point accuracy, and has an unbelievably strong arm.
Aaron Rodgers is an MVP candidate this year, and he deserves to be crowned the Most Valuable Player in football, and I’ll tell you why.
You can look at stats all day. Yes, Matt Ryan has more passing yards, a better overall completion percentage, and a higher passer rating, but Aaron Rodgers has an enormous and versatile skill set. Stats can’t tell you everything about a player.
First of all, like I said before, he is calm and composed regardless of pressure. According to Pro Football Focus, he leads the NFL with a 93.8 passer rating under pressure, and over the course of the second half of the season, he had an unreal 9:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio under pressure. He is the best quarterback in the NFL when it comes to being under pressure.
Additionally, he has an above-average level of athleticism for a quarterback, something Matt Ryan and Tom Brady don’t have. Aaron Rodgers is one of, if not the best, quarterback at escaping the rush, as he demonstrated with the pass to Cook against Dallas. He lives outside of the pocket. Nobody knows how, but Rodgers has an insane ability to throw hard, accurate passes across his body on the run to either his left or right. Also, if he sees that nobody is open downfield, he isn’t afraid to run. Among quarterbacks this year, he ranks fourth in rushing with 369 yards and four touchdowns, while Matt Ryan and Tom Brady combine for only 181 rushing yards and zero scores. Rodgers’ athleticism has been compared to that of Russell Wilson.
Now let’s talk about Rodgers’ monstrous second half. The Packers started off very slow. They were 4-6 at the beginning of the season. Aaron Rodgers has led Green Bay on an eight-game winning streak. They finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and are now playing in the NFC title game this weekend against Atlanta. Rodgers saved the Packers season and playoff hopes.
In the Packer quarterback’s last eight games, he has a passer rating of 117.8, and since November 13, Rodgers has thrown 27 touchdown passes. He led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes.
Chris Simms, a former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst and commentator, has recently said that Rodgers is the greatest quarterback of all time and the most physically gifted quarterback the game has ever seen. He’s one of the best one-man bands in football. The guy is playing in one of the leagues least innovative offenses.
The fact that Rodgers turned Green Bay’s entire season around and now they have an opportunity to make it to the Superbowl and win it all, shows how valuable he is. Statistically, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady keep up with him, but when you look at the overall picture, Rodgers is the best quarterback and player in the NFL. He got his team to the playoffs when they had an eight percent chance of making it to the postseason after starting 4-6, and he’s a natural-born play maker and all-around athlete.
Rodgers is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player; it’s a no-brainer.