By Jason Keidel
I discovered a enjoyable piece on ProFootballTalk final night time — a fast, statistical montage that basically had extra heft than meant.
It famous that Inexperienced Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers could be very near tossing the three hundredth landing cross of his NFL profession. Not surprising, in fact, as Rodgers has been excellent for fairly a while.
The surprising half was the advantageous print. And it speaks to why Rodgers is the QB nonpareil, why he’s not solely the most effective quarterback in at this time’s NFL, however arguably the perfect ever to toss a pigskin.
Rodgers enters the 2017 season with 297 passing touchdowns. So barring being hit by lightning or a meteor, he’ll get to 300 fairly shortly, maybe as early as Week 1. Although that recreation is towards the Seattle Seahawks, with maybe probably the most ornery protection within the sport, it’s at Inexperienced Bay, the place Rodgers is almost unstoppable. The truth is, they open the season towards a rugged gridiron trinity — Seahawks, Falcons and Bengals.
The just about 300 touchdowns isn’t even the surprising stat, it’s the seventy two interceptions. Rodgers has thrown 297 touchdowns and simply seventy two interceptions. Even when he have been surreally or uncharacteristically inept or inaccurate, he’d have 300 TD with seventy five INT by the top of September. That also blows away his predecessors and contemporaries. Even by NFL requirements these numbers are surreal. Even by the uber-pleasant guidelines that each one however throw three touchdowns for the quarterback lately, these numbers are thoughts-numbing.
And can all due respect to Packers personnel, Rodgers isn’t precisely flanked by Swann and Stallworth or Rice and Taylor. Except for Jordy Nelson, who lately missed a whole season due to a knee damage, you wouldn’t acknowledge the Packers’ receivers — or operating backs — in case you ran into them on the native market.
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As ProFootballTalk famous, there are 10 NFL quarterbacks who’ve thrown at the very least 300 touchdowns. They averaged 171 picks when the landed on the TD milestone. Among the many luminaries are Peyton Manning (152 INT), Drew Brees (154 INT) and Rodgers’ Packers predecessor, Brett Favre (one hundred seventy five INT). Oddly sufficient, the QB with probably the most interceptions by his three hundredth TD is John Elway, who had 226. No quarterback had fewer than one hundred interceptions. Rodgers gained’t have greater than seventy five.
The one quarterback in Rodgers’ statistical orbit is Tom Brady, who had one hundred fifteen INT when he hit 300 TDs. However that’s nonetheless forty extra, or about 4 seasons’ value, in Aaron…