Packers: 5 best players over the first half of 2020 season

Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

1. Aaron Rodgers

If Aaron Rodgers is at his best, the Packers will win a lot of games. It’s no surprise to see the team 6-2 and tied for the NFC lead based on the way Rodgers has been playing. And it’s fair to say that after midseason, Rodgers is in a three-way race for the league MVP award with Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes.

We’re seeing a rejuvenated Rodgers in year two of Matt LaFleur’s system. He’s needing to roll out and extend plays far less (although he’s still producing some magic in these situations), hitting receivers in rhythm and on time. He trusts the system and is comfortable in it, and it’s leading to some incredible performances for No. 12.

The scheme can only take you so far, of course. Rodgers is executing at an extremely high level, making throws other quarterbacks could only dream of. After eight games, he’s well ahead of his 2014 numbers at this stage and keeping pace with his 2011 season.

With 2,253 yards and 24 touchdowns in eight games, his current pace would see him post 4,506 yards (second-most in his career) an 48 touchdowns (career-best). Oh, and he’s only thrown two interceptions. They both came in the same game, meaning he’s gone without a pick in seven of eight games this year.

No. 12 is on fire halfway through the season.

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