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Sit Back, R-E-L-A-X, and Take a Break With Aaron Rodgers

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Sit Back, R-E-L-A-X, and Take a Break With Aaron Rodgers

With all the negativity currently going on, not just in our homeland as of late, but across the world as well, nobody would blame you if you wanted to take a break from all of the noise.

Being around the constant pollution of horrible news, whether it be in your area or in another state, not only is extremely bad for your stress levels and blood pressure, but hey, it's just not good. Settling down and tuning out the outside world can be helpful to your overall mood.

In order to help you do that, the least I can do is not just provide you something informative that's happening in the Packers' locker room pre-practice or post-practice, or offer my insight on the team structure and 2017 outlook (because who wants to read that?), but remind you how gifted you are to have Aaron Rodgers in a green and gold uniform.

This isn't to take away from the real world happenings that require our complete and undivided attention, however, we're human. Sometimes, a mental escape is a necessity.

The otherworldly quarterback of the Green Bay Packers is good. Very good. It's almost unfair how good he is. He's the living embodiment of what it means to truly have the most talented quarterback in NFL history, and although some may disagree, Rodgers is undoubtedly in the conversation.

Rodgers and co. have made the playoffs for every single year since 2009—eight straight trips. The only year in which they fell short was Rodgers' first year as the team's starting signal-caller in 2008.

Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy before the Packers' preseason game vs. the Eagles. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

En route to these eight straight postseason appearances and one Super Bowl title to boot, Rodgers has eclipsed some pretty remarkable milestones and statistical feats along the way you may or may not have known.

In 10 playoff games since 2012, Rodgers has thrown 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions, averaging 267.7 yards per game and sporting a 96.02 passer rating. In that same span, however, the Packers went 5-5. Okay, that's not very positive of a result, but, you get the picture. Rodgers is good at football.

Rodgers has thrown just 14 passes when trailing with less than two minutes to go in any regular season game since 2014. He threw just one pass in that situation in all of 2016. Basically, the Packers don't often find themselves trailing late in games, which coincides well with their 32-16 record in that same span.

From weeks 2-14 (12 games) during the 2014 season, Rodgers threw 34 touchdowns to two interceptions and completed 67.1 percent of his passes. He finished those 12 games with a 120.6 passer rating.

Also in 2014, Rodgers lit up the NFC North in the six games he faced divisional opponents. In those games, he completed 69.3 percent of his passes with a 137.5 passer rating. He threw 18 touchdowns. Not a single interception. One of those games included the 55-14 stomping of the Bears at Lambeau Field in which Rodgers threw all six of his touchdowns in one half of football.

Since 2014, the tune remained all the same just as it did during that lone season. Rodgers has thrown 45 touchdowns and four interceptions in that span, which is an 11.25-to-1 ratio. He completed 64.8 percent of his passes with a 109.2 passer rating. To think, had it not been for the dismal (by his standards) year Rodgers had in 2015, those numbers would be even more astronomical.

When playing in the confines of Lambeau Field from 2011 to present day, Rodgers has thrown 113 touchdowns (no, that's not a typo) to just 17 interceptions (that's also not a typo). Rodgers hit 67.5 percent of his targets and held up a 115.1 passer rating while the Packers went 36-7.

The Packers have also executed the no-huddle offense to a T when trying to speed up the pace of the game. In those situations since 2013, Rodgers has thrown 554 passes. 40 of them went for touchdowns and only four of them went to the other team, whereas 68.4 percent of them overall were completed to his own receivers.

Rodgers scrambling vs. the Vikings, 2016. (Dan Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Just last season, Rodgers was essentially flawless in the red zone. He completed just over 60 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns. Not one interception.

Since presuming his gig under center with the Packers in 2008, Rodgers has thrown eight interceptions. That's kind of a lot, but yet again, it kind of isn't given the time span. How about when you throw in the fact that those eight interceptions are almost transparent compared to his 195 red zone touchdowns?

Since 2011, his numbers look more like 140 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. A 20-to-1 ratio.

As aforementioned, the Packers are 32-16 since 2014 with Rodgers. In those 32 wins, he's thrown 83 touchdowns to a mere six interceptions with a 113.5 passer rating.

Now, for those who still fully live and die by the "Rodgers is a choker in the playoffs" narrative, this next stat line should tickle your fancy.

In Rodgers' 16 career playoff games ('09-'16), he's thrown 36 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 63.5 completion percentage and sported a 99.4 rating.

In Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's case, his first 17 playoff games ('01-'07) offered a different story. He threw 26 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 63.3 completion percentage with an 88.0 rating.

Of course, these are from two different eras of quarterbacking. Also, it may be unfair to compare Rodgers in his prime to Brady's early years sans 2007 when he set multiple passing records.

Take Rodgers' 16 playoff games from above, along with Brady's last 16 instead:

35 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 62.6 completion percentage and a 90.9 rating.

Each and every person in "Packerland," as Rodgers would call it, is spoiled to the highest degree and has been for the past two decades. The stellar quarterback play that has come through the state of Wisconsin is something fans of many other teams—and I mean many other teams—drool over.

Hopefully, this article that went through a variety of number-crunching took your mind off of the tumultuous world we live in. For now, and for many, sports such as football is and has proven to be an escape from reality.

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EdsLaces's picture

Great article, but it's honestly just kinda depressing. All these stats, all these skills, and just the one ring. Sucks really...

Zachary Jacobson's picture

That's where you and I will respectfully disagree. The fact that we live in a time where we have been lucky enough to watch both Favre and Rodgers do their thing is fortunate enough. Rings won't ever define a QB's greatness, in my mind at least.

Bearmeat's picture

No. But they do signify the ultimate team achievement - if not greatness - then something close.

And while I am a HUGE ARod fan - let's face it, we are PACKERS fans first and foremost. Not QB12 fans. We all remember the summer of BLF. Those people who backed the man left for the most part. The people who backed the team stayed.

And this team has underachieved with such an advantage at the most critical position in sports for over 25 years.

There's no other way to spin it.

EdsLaces's picture

Thank ya sir..

hodge555's picture

I just love watching him play, and the fact he's playing for my team is just the icing on the cake. He does stuff that is pure highlight reel.
I don't get that same buzz watching other QBs, even great ones like Brady.

croatpackfan's picture

Totally agree! And that is the one of the reasons reason why I would like to see Packers in SB every year - 18/19 games of Aaron per season. And shorter period from last game to another during spring and summer...

Lphill's picture

I agree with edlaces , fantastic numbers but one ring , Trent Dilfer has one ring so if Rodgers does not win another he will be on a list with Dilfer of QB's with one ring. Nobody will care about stats .

John30856's picture

WOW, what a negative and untrue dialog. Even besides that he's 33 for god's sake

No more SBs he will never be on the same page as Dilfer

Jersey Al's picture

yeah, that's an incredibly negative outlook. Super Bowl wins or not, I'm thrilled to have him as our QB and have my team in the playoffs EVERY year with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Sure beats what we had in the 70's and 80's.

Spock's picture

Jersey Al, I agree. More rings would be nice, but having suffered through the 70's and 80's (I mowed a lot of grass after half times in those days!) just the joy of watching Favre and Rodgers play has more than made up for those decades!

murphy's picture

Do you list Marino below Dilfer?

The TKstinator's picture

Several years ago I heard that cases of domestic abuse rise sharply in many NFL cities (including GB) when the home team loses. Kinda makes one realize that this football stuff is not to be taken so seriously. It's entertainment. Enjoy it or ...?

GBPDUKE's picture

So far no one in the comments section brought up the Packers defense during Rodgers term. How can a team put together a passing offense this good and not able to put together a half decent defense? We see both sides of the coin with a Packer game. We see The passing offence and then we see the defense giving other quarterbacks better stats than Rodgers. When the defense is making a second string QB look great it is hard to see the greatness of Rodgers.

Since '61's picture

Good article. This is another example of how great Aaron Rodgers has played the QB position for the Packers. As I have posted in the past he has taken the QB position to another level with his combination of excellent decision making, arm strength, accuracy and ability to make every throw from the pocket or on the run. This has not been seen before from the QB position. The fact that the Packers have only one SB with Rodgers does not diminish what he has accomplished. In MLB, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron only won one WS each. Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, and Carl Yastrzemski won 0. In the NBA, Jerry West, the logo for the league, only played on one NBA Championship team. Back to the NFL, Brett Favre won 1 SB and Dan Marino won 0. Walter Payton, only one SB. Yet none of the legacies of these and many other immortal players in their respective sports are diminished by the lack of championships. In fact it may make their legacies even stronger for consistently maintaining a level of excellence even while playing on less than great teams. Rodgers can still win another SB or 2 if the defense ever shows up. He can also still win another MVP or 2 or 3 before he's done. Rodgers and us as fans have deserved better than we've received from the rest of the Packers team, especially the defense. Thanks, Since '61

Kubyskins12's picture

Another stat that I would like to point out that I believe I saw an article on this site was the average points per game given up by the Packers defense during the 16 playoff games Rogers has played in . If I remember correctly I believe in the playoff losses during the 16 games the defense gave up an average of 36 points per game. I can't remember what the average was was for the wins but I believe it was in the high 20s or close to 30 points per game. And the article also compared what Brady's defense gave up during his playoff wins and losses and I believe the patriots defense averaged around like 26 points per game in their losses in the low 20s in there wins. It just shows that It doesn't matter who the quarterback has been for the Packers. You are not going to get to many Super Bowls when your defense is giving up 36 points a game. Just give Rogers a defense that gives up 21 points a game or less and he will win you Super Bowls!!

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