Yesterday two of the leagues best quarterbacks put up performances on the road that where a stark contrast to one another, but also were very telling in deciding who will win the NFL’s next MVP award.
The Green Bay Packers went into Arrowhead Stadium 13-0 against a struggling Kansas City Chiefs team devoid any real leadership, relying on defensive coordinator and interim head coach Romeo Crennel to provide guidance.
It was expected that the Packers would continue their pursuit of perfection easily and cruise to yet another win. But the Chiefs did an amazing job of stopping Rodgers by doing what others have not been able to do, exposing the Packers unstable offensive line.
Rodgers was harassed all day by the Chiefs stellar pass rusher in Tamba Hali, who sacked him three times and hit or hurried him countless others.
Needless to say Rodgers look disturbed in the pocket, flustered even, and the result if Hali’s pressure lead to his worst game of the season. He connected on only 48.6 percent of his passes for 235 yards with one touchdown passing and one rushing.
For Rodgers, who had all but been given the MVP award already, it was a performance that has made everyone around the league take pause and question his station as the leagues best quarterback.
That “best quarterback’ designation isn’t as cut and dry for Rodgers as some may think now, especially considering the level of play of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees this season.
Brees threw his name more prominently into consideration for the award after putting up his best performance of the year against the Minnesota Vikings, completing 32 of 40 passes for an 80% completions percentage while netting 412 passing yards and five touchdowns.
That’s the best single game performance by a quarterback this season, and now Brees sits at 4,780 passing yards after 14 games and will likely break his own record for highest single season completion percentage of 70.6 with his current 71.5 percent mark.
Another record likely to be broken — Dan Marino’s passing yardage record of 5,084 yards set in 1984 — as Brees still has two games to play and is only 305 yards away of eclipsing this long standing mark.