Patriots vs. Packers Preview: Aaron Rodgers Marvels Over Brady, Says 'Tommy's Been at the Top of His Game for a Long, Long Time'
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One of the oldest debates in football is “who is the greatest quarterback in the NFL?”
You can’t even dip your toe into that conversation without mentioning Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, and on Sunday night they faceoff for the first time since 2014. (But we all know who's the G.O.A.T. no matter what happens.)
While the Packers won that Thanksgiving weekend game in Green Bay 26-21, no one can ever claim there’s a GB-NE rivalry aside from the inevitable fact that both quarterbacks are going down in history.
The teams have only met 11 times since 1973 (including for Super Bowl XXXI), with the Patriots winning five and the Packers six of those games.
Instead of animosity, the two future Hall of Fame QBs actually have the upmost respect for each and did the opposite of trash talking this week.
Brady even recently speculated how well Rodgers would do if he were to play for the Patriots. “He’d throw for 7,000 yards every year,” Brady told ESPN. “He’s so much more talented than me.”
Tom, for once we totally disagree with you.
But Brady kept piling on the praise for Rodgers this week on his regular radio spot. “What he’s done as a quarterback, I think it’s inspiring, even for me. I watch his game, and it makes me want to get out there and practice and improve,” Brady said in an interview for WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan.” “I think he’s so phenomenal with how he manages himself in the pocket, and his ability to throw the football is probably unlike anybody in the history of the league. It’s pretty awesome to watch. I mean he throws some of the best incompletions I’ve ever seen.”
Needless to say, Aaron shared the love for TB12 (we knew he was a smart guy), saying in a media conference call this week:
"As a young player, I watched a ton of his film. I had a great guy to watch every single day in Brett Favre, but Tommy’s been at the top of his game for a long, long time. So, I watched most of the snaps from the ‘07 season and I’ve always been a big fan of his. Just the stuff he does on the field is phenomenal and then to see him, as he’s gotten older in his career, continue to reinvent himself year after year and play at a high level every single season, obviously winning the championships, he’s a phenomenal player," Rodgers marveled.
"But he’s a pioneer as far as taking care of his body and rewriting the longevity books for players of his caliber. It’s been really impressive to watch, and any time I get a chance when he’s on Thursday night, Sunday night, Monday night, I’m for sure tuning in."
Of course, one game will never answer the heated question of "who's the best?" And can't we all agree that they're both phenomenally brilliant? No, probably not ...
Stoic Bill Belichick even acknowledged how good Rodgers is, telling reporters this week that he's glad they're not division rivals having to face the Pack more than every four years.
"I guess it would be good if we played him more than that,” Belichick said. “But I’m in no rush to see him every week. I wouldn’t want to be in that division.
“He killed us the last time we played him,” Belichick added (Rodgers was 24 of 38, 368 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 112.6 quarterback rating). “I mean, he’s a great player. He does everything well. I mean, he’s one of the great quarterbacks in the National Football League; no question about it. He does everything good. He can even play golf. He’s a good golfer, too.”
If there's one thing the Hoodie knows as well as football, then it's golf. You should be very, very flatted by that Aaron.
Rodgers was out with a concussion in 2010 when the Packers last traveled to Gillette so he's never played there. The Pats won that matchup 31-27 ... lets hope there's no Lambeau Leaps going down in Foxboro this Sunday night.
While we wait for kickoff, lets just relive this golden moment from 2010.
8 years ago next month, Dan Connolly set the record for the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman in NFL history, returning a squib kick against the Green Bay Packers 71 yards to set up a Patriots touchdown.— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) November 2, 2018
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