5. Aaron Rodgers
Stat line: 21/32, 283 yards, 3 TDs, 124.9 rating
Aaron Rodgers looks rejuvenated and ready to take aim at a third MVP award.
Whether it’s that famous chip on his shoulder made bigger by the team taking a quarterback in the first round, being more comfortable in the system in year two, or a combination of both, Rodgers is playing at a level we haven’t seen in at least three years.
Rodgers is spreading the ball around, getting it out quick and fully embracing the system. He is no longer looking to just run around to make plays and is taking what is there in front of him. He also has a coach who is more than willing to give the run game more than just a look and is using creative motions to get guys open.
Coming into the game 0-2 in New Orleans, you just knew Rodgers would want to light up the Superdome. He did just that, beating the Saints with his physical skills as well as with his smarts. Rodgers was able to use the hard count effectively on the road and got the Saints offside at a pivotal moment late in the game to set up the final touchdown of the game.
There is still a lot of season left and I usually withhold judgment of a team until October. But, this team is working hard towards a tough goal and looking pretty good. Next, they come home to take on the Atlanta Falcons before an early-season bye.
The schedule isn’t going to get any easier after the bye as the Packers have the hated rival Chicago Bears to play twice, as well as a date with Tom Brady and Deshaun Watson.
There’s still plenty of time to go, but the Packers are off to a great start.