The NFL season is half over, and there are two things that are clear -- the Green Bay Packers are the best team in the league and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the MVP so far. If Rodgers can keep up his pace, not only will he cruise to the MVP for the full season, he would complete an historic year.
USA Today points out that if Rodgers can continue his current 129.1 quarterback rating and 72.5% completion rate, he would set single-season NFL records in both categories. He is on pace to throw for 48 touchdowns, which would fall short of Tom Brady's record of 50.
However, with 2,619 passing yards, he is on pace to shatter the single-season record of 5,084 set by Dan Marino in 1984. Brady and Drew Brees are also on pace to break that record, and they both have more yards than Rodgers so far this year.
"I'd like to think I can keep it up," Rodgers modestly said.
There's no reason to think that he can't. Rodgers has been sensational all season -- and not just in games.
"As many reps as we take, we've seen more great plays in practice than you'll ever see in a game," Packers receiver Jordy Nelson said.
It's not just teammates who are marveling at Rodgers's performance this season.
"I saw 4 (Brett Favre)," said Billy Volek, backup quarterback for the Charges, Rodgers's latest victims. "When Brady was in the zone, it was something to see. But this is the best I’ve ever seen. Aaron’s playing with so much confidence. Aaron’s got a cannon. It doesn’t matter if it’s seven or 70 yards. The ball’s there."