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November

This Week’s Sign Of The A-Pack-alypse: Aaron Rodgers Is Better Than Brett Favre Ever Was

Checkmate, Brett. CHECK. MATE.

Sorry Aaron.  I hate to keep doing this to you and bringing the guy up, but once I get this out of my system you will never hear about him from me again. I promise. Unless of course he does something else stupid and deserves to be subject to scorn and ridicule. Then it’s fair ball.

It’s official. Polls are closed and the results are clear.

Aaron Rodgers is better than Brett Favre ever was.

Am I letting an 8-0 start and an overall 14 game winning streak go to my head? I can say with great certainty that I am not.  It’s something I have been thinking about the past few weeks but couldn’t work up enough courage to go on record with such a bold statement.

After his performance against the Chargers, that courage can be considered summoned.

Ignore the statistics for a moment. Think back to 1995-1997 when Favre was at the peak of his powers. He won three straight MVP awards, won one Super Bowl and appeared in another.  It’s similar to how Rodgers’ current path is playing out. Hopefully this time there won’t be a Super Bowl defeat, though.

Think about how you felt back then watching Favre play.  Though you had confidence Favre would make a play, a part of you was still sick to your stomach every time he would drop back to pass.  His reckless first couple years as a starter scarred Packer fans forever though many didn’t come to realize it until years later.

With Rodgers (at least for me), it has taken a considerable amount of time to break the habit of nearly having a heart attack every time a Packers quarterback drops back to pass.  It’s nothing against Rodgers but rather an indictment of the guy before him.  Favre scared us all to death during games yet he was worshipped as an idol.

Instead, watching Rodgers play is starting to become anticlimactic.  He is about 10 times smarter with the ball when his predecessor was and has such an accurate arm that it’s becoming expected balls thrown into double coverage end up complete.  There’s still that moment of panic but that moment lasts shorter and shorter with each game featuring Rodgers under center.