The NFL Network posted this infographic the other day and I’ve got the answer if you’ll just scroll down a wee bit.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 29, 2015
And here it is:
Who gives a shit?
Over the first three games both these guys have been so ridiculously dominant that instead of answering click-bait hashtag meme thingies we ought to instead spend the time crying into our beers to lament over the sorry sap that leads our favorite team.
(Alcohol-laden sobbing not required for Patriots and Packers fans.)
And sure, to an extent I jest – there are certainly more than just a pair of high-caliber starting quarterbacks suiting up in the NFL.
But – if the trend continues, these two are on course to perform at historically great levels. Unless defensive coordinators figure out a way to stop the bleeding there’s little doubt we’ll see #12 vs. #12 in San Francisco for Super Bowl 50.
Shooting for the Record
In 2013 Peyton Manning set the single season yardage record with 5,477 yards. Tom Brady is on pace to finish up with just under 6,000.
Such a total wouldn’t just break the record, it would obliterate it.
Oh, and his Patriots as a team are averaging enough points to smash Manning’s 606 from that same season by close to 30 points.
Except that New England doesn’t get to play Jacksonville every third week for the remainder of the campaign.
But the point right now isn’t to discuss whether Peyton’s records are or aren’t in jeopardy but just to take notice of the fact that Tom Brady may very well be playing the best football of his career – at 38 years old.
Tom’s playing so well, in fact, that folks are starting to make comparisons to New England’s famed 2007 “nearly perfect” season.
Naturally, he’s not buying into the hype. Speaking with ESPN.com he said, “I can’t understand that one quite yet. It’s like three games into the year. There is so much football left and there are so many things that can happen. We’re not even a quarter of the way through the season, so it’s way too early to think about anything.”
Sure Tom. You’re kicking ass and you know it. No need to give us a deflategate-esque run around.
Before we move on to explore our man crush on Aaron Rodgers, let’s take a moment to celebrate Mr. Brady’s 400th career touchdown pass, a short strike to Danny Amendola versus the Jaguars.
Love him or hate him, Tom’s been a huge part of the last decade and a half of football and you’ve got to give respect where respect is due. He’s just the fourth quarterback ever to reach the 400 TD milestone.
And unlike Manning, Marino and Favre…Brady’s got multiple rings to show for it.
The Guy Doesn’t Throw Interceptions at Lambeau
Ready to have your mind boggled?
Aaron Rodgers has thrown 51 touchdown passes at Lambeau Field since his last interception at home.
It’s been 1,031 days. Almost 3 full years.
It’s been so long that when he was asked, Rodgers was legitimately unable to remember who the Pack was playing when he last tossed a pick in Green Bay (it’s Minnesota, by the way.)
And it’s no surprise these numbers are all NFL records. Records that perhaps will never be broken.
That’s how good Rodgers truly is. He rarely falters, even when taking big chances down the field.
Some are even calling him the Michael Jordan of the NFL – not that Aaron is overly pleased about the flattering comparison:
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) October 1, 2015
Why is He So Incredibly Good?
106.8, that’s Aaron Rodgers’ career passer rating. It’s a full 9 points higher than the second-best career rating of all time.
His knowledge of the game is unheard of. Just look at the way he handles defensive off-sides. When the defense jumps, he’s on it. Sending receivers deep almost instantaneously to never miss the opportunity to take the free strike down the field.
Look at his feet. He’s certainly not the most talented runner in the league but he’s always making something out of nothing, evading that one last tackle to turn a broken play into a big gain.
And of course, laser-accurate precision.
Part of playing turnover-free football is mental. Make smart decisions and avoid big risks. But the other part is putting the ball exactly where it needs to be.
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t throw interceptions because, perhaps more than any other quarterback in the league, he’s a master at placing his passes where only his guy can get to it.
Historically he throws an interception on just 1.6% of his passes. Again, good for best ever, with Tom Brady slotted in at number two with 2.0%.
But for now let’s shelve the old “Brady or Rodgers” talk and let these two monsters play. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about all the records they broke come December.