Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady remain the best quarterbacks in the NFL even as their playing days draw closer to an end. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers are also at the top of the NFC and appear on a collision course for a rematch in the NFC Championship Game.
Also, Rodgers is getting closer and closer to matching Brady on an impressive NFL record — and he should be able to get there within the next couple of weeks at the latest.
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers remain as the NFL’s best and are in the mix for NFL MVP
Rodgers and Brady are the clear front-runners for the NFL MVP award. Others can be in the conversation, but at this point, it’s coming down to these two seasoned veterans.
Rodgers has put together 3,219 yards with 27 touchdowns and four interceptions just a year after winning the MVP award. The Packers are now atop the NFC after the Arizona Cardinals lost on Monday Night Football to the Los Angeles Rams.
Brady has thrown for 4,134 yards with 36 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Buccaneers are right behind Green Bay in the NFC race. On the surface, Brady’s numbers are much better except for the turnovers. But what Rodgers has done with much less has been quite impressive.
Either way, the Rodgers-Brady debate should boil down to the MVP award and the NFC Championship Game if things continue on this trajectory.
However, Rodgers is one step closer to joining Brady in an impressive NFL feat.
Aaron Rodgers can join Tom Brady with another four-touchdown performance
Well, Rodgers did just that. Against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, Rodgers threw for 341 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions against the NFC North rival.
This race will be one to monitor throughout the remainder of the season — and the rest of their NFL careers as well. But, there is undoubtedly a reason to believe why Rodgers should be able to catch up to Brady quickly.
The Packers face the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions to finish the season. On the other side of things, Tampa Bay faces the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers (twice), and the New York Jets.
But, the revitalization of Leonard Fournette has quietly turned Tampa Bay into a run-heavy team at times, especially when game script flips in the Buccaneers’ favor — which it probably will do over the final four games of the year.
One other interesting Rodgers factoid is his dominance against the Bears and the Vikings.
This sounds familiar. Brady shreds against the Buffalo Bills, and Rodgers does the same against the Bears and the Vikings throughout his career.
For the sake of the NFC North opponents, they are hoping that Rodgers does leave Green Bay in the offseason, although at this point, nobody knows what Rodgers’ future holds.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are aiming for home-field advantage and could face the Buccaneers in the playoffs
The Packers fell to the Buccaneers in a heartbreaker at Lambeau Field in the previous playoffs. The Bucs went on to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium with a demolition of the Kansas City Chiefs.
As it stands right now, the Packers have overtaken the top spot in the NFL. But, the Bucs are right behind and have a more favorable schedule over the final four weeks.
The Cardinals are also at 10-3, and the Rams and Dallas Cowboys are 9-4. Things can really shake up in both conferences. But, the Packers potentially playing the Bucs in Wisconsin instead of in Florida will make quite the difference.
Nonetheless, the Brady-Rodgers race will be a fun one down the stretch.
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Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference