Brett Favre plays his final regular season game as a Packer against the Detroit Lions in 2007. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Aaron Rodgers vs. Brett Favre: The comparison is eerie

20111117-200909.jpgAgain it’s Aaron Rodgers vs. Brett Favre.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel came out yesterday with an interesting piece comparing Aaron Rodgers’ current run as the Packers starting quarterback with a streak that Brett Favre put together between 1995-96.

Silverstein dug into the record books to find that over the course of 16 games both quarterbacks put up numbers that are eerily very similar.

His purpose was not only to try to answer the “who’s better” question, but to address the notion that Rodgers is playing better right now than any QB in franchise history.

Here’s what Silverstein found out:

During a 16-game stretch that started near the end of the ’95 season and continued into ’96, Favre threw for 49 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Favre’s complete numbers were 353 completions in 517 attempts for 4,243 yards (68.3 percent), 49 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 32 sacks and a passer rating of 119.1. The Packers’ record during that stretch was 14-2, including 2-1 in the playoffs.

Rodgers’ numbers over his last 16 games are this: 356 completions in 503 attempts (70.8 percent) for 4,642 yards, 42 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 37 sacks and a passer rating of 121.5. The Packers are 15-1 in that stretch, including 4-0 in the post-season.

Silverstein argues in his article that he feels Favre was as good, if not better, because of his endurance. In fact he points out that Favre played on a heavily taped ankle against the Chicago Bears and threw for five TDs. He does concede that because it was a different era, Favre probably would have been cleared to play from the concussion that forced Rodgers to sit out against New England last season.

So, just who is better?

The jury is still out, but Rodgers certainly has a good start in tipping the scales in his favor. However, Silverstein isn’t ready to declare a winner. Rodgers needs more time under his championship belt and at least one more Super Bowl win to make a case in his favor. As of now, and at least over the past 16 games, the two QBs are neck and neck.

For those of you who didn’t have a chance to watch Brett Favre in his prime and for those who would just like to relive the past, here is a YouTube video of Brett Favre’s TDs during that stretch of time.

It’s pretty amazing.

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