1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – Week 13
You could easily make the argument for Tom Brady to be in this spot, but at the end of the day Aaron Rodgers is the most purely talented quarterback in the NFL. What he’s been able to do throughout his career, mostly playing with awful defenses, has been incredible.
That is apparent with last season’s performance, where Rodgers’ stat line read 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 97.2 and only going 6-9-1 and missing the playoffs.
After two straight losing seasons, a healthy Rodgers and new head coach Matt LaFleur are looking to rebound and return to the high-powered offense they once had.
Outside of the chip that’s on Rodgers’ shoulder heading into 2019, he has also historically played very well against the New York Giants. With a 4-2 career record vs the G-Men (including playoffs), he hasn’t had any trouble filling up the stat sheet during those six matchups.
- 141/239 (59%)
- 99.2 QBR
- 1,877 yards
- 17 touchdowns
- 5 interceptions
- 18 sacks
Playing Aaron Rodgers is extremely frustrating as he is one of, if not the best quarterback in the league at extending plays, moving around the pocket, and getting the ball into the hands of his playmakers.
Unlike Brady, Rodgers is more athletic and can use his legs when needed as well, with over 3,000 career rushing yards and 30 rushing touchdowns.
As a late-season matchup, who knows the type of playoff implications this game will have for both teams. Regardless, this game will be a great benchmark to see where this defense, and more specifically, this young secondary is heading into the last few weeks of the season.