Quarterbacks Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have been in the NFL for over 15 years and this will surely be a classic, but which legend will get the victory?
When New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers meet this week on Sunday Night Football, it will most likely be the final regular-season meeting between the two future Hall of Famers.
Both players are first-ballot entries for sure, and both are in the ladder of their careers.
What makes these two players so special are their statistical monuments they’ve accomplished over the last decade-plus.
No other quarterback has a better touchdown to interception ratio than Rodgers at 4.40 all-time. Brees is great at this too but is only at 2.31 all-time, 8th best all-time. Rodgers career passer rating is also the best all-time at 102.6 with Brees nearly in third at 98.3.
Brees is the all-time leader in passing yards (77,888), completions (6,911), and touchdowns (550).
He is also the all-time best in passer completion percentage at 67.6%, and Rodgers is close behind at 64.6% in 11th place all-time. The NFL has had 13 instances of 70.0% or higher completion percentage seasons all-time, and Brees has had 6 of them.
What do the numbers tell us?
Brees has the long-term records because of a playing time gap.
He’s been a starter since 2002, whereas Rodgers hadn’t filled that role until 2008. Rodgers pace is quicker and more efficient, but that also has much to do about the game changing from defensive battles to higher scoring passing attacks over the last 15 years.
Rodgers has a chance to catch Brees in the long term categories, but he will most certainly better him in percentage-based categories based on game to game successes.
Both teams have a star receiver and a defense that allows points to rack up. This is a recipe for a high scoring affair between two of the best teams in the NFC. This could be the potential NFC Championship game later this year should both teams stay relatively healthy.
This game will come down to the last drive. I firmly believe that whoever has the ball last will find a way to win it. I spoke this week to the APC Podcast about in more detail.
Prediction: Saints 41, Packers 38