Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wishing For a QB For the Skins: Aaron Rodgers and Joe Flacco

This picture is by Mike Roemer of the AP.

I watched the second half of the Vikings/Packers game on Sunday night. There'd been an enormous amount of hype about the game because it was Brett Favre's return to Lambeau Field.

Favre was strong (4 touchdown passes en route to a 38-26 Vikings victory), but I was much more impressed by Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was fantastic: poise in the pocket, mobility and speed when he scrambles, and zip-strong passes where he leads his receivers just the right amount.

So far this year, Rodgers is completing 65% of his passes and has thrown for 1,989 yards, with 14 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. Rodgers went to Cal and is in his fifth NFL season.

If only the Redskins had drafted Rodgers ... watching a good quarterback engineer a game is a treat. The other quarterback who has impressed me this year is Baltimore's Joe Flacco: he's only in his second season but he looks totally in control of the game, and like Rodgers he has a super strong arm (and can scramble when necessary).
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The Vikings and Saints (who beat the Falcons, 35-27 in a Monday night game last night), look like the cream of the crop in the NFC. I still have my doubts about the Vikings - I think it's because they've choked early in the playoffs so many times the last 10-15 years.

Here's a picture of Adrian Peterson from the Vikings/Packers game - the photo is by Jim Prisching of the AP:

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