I know what Peyton Manning did last year. I know that he not only led his Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl, but he also broke the single season passing record. I even know that he was ranked the number one quarterback in ESPN’s Ron Jaworski’s quarterback countdown. With all of the accolades Manning has on his resume, it is easy to say his is the best quarterback in the NFL. After what I saw on Saturday, I can’t see why Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not the best.
Coming off of a season in which he suffered a broken collarbone and missed eight games, many would expect Rodgers to show some rust, especially after sitting out the first preseason game. The good news for any Packers fan, there seems to be no rust at all. On the first drive of the game, Rodgers was a perfect six for six, with the drive ending on a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Rodgers did “cool off” on his second and final series, only completing five of his seven passes. For the game, Rodgers finished 11 for 13 with 128 yards and that one touchdown.
Even though it is just the preseason, where stats and records mean hardly anything, a health Aaron Rodgers playing at his top level is very encouraging. While Rodgers was able to comeback for the final game of last year and the playoffs, it was clear that he was still recovering from his broken collarbone and was not at his highest level. For Rodgers to come out of the gates nearly perfect is a sign at least offensively, the Packers are one of the Super Bowl favorites.
Before he got hurt last year, the Packers were firing on all cylinders, having won four games in a row. Also, even though Manning was playing at a record setting pace, Rodgers was quietly on pace for a 5,000 yard season and was a possible MVP candidate. As was the case with last year, if Rodgers goes down the Packers are in deep trouble. But, with an improving offensive line, the only thing the Packers should be focused on is how to earn another trip to the Super Bowl.