Can Packers Aaron Rodgers beat the Dallas Cowboys at only 80-90% health?
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There’s nobody in the NFL who has been as dangerous in his own stadium than Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. An NFL MVP candidate, and one of the best pure passers of the football in the NFL, Rodgers has already beaten the likes of Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford and has the team on an 11-2 run since late-September. With a home playoff game looming against the Dallas Cowboys the Packers will need to rely on their star QB in order to beat them.
Here are the top eight QBs of the NFL playoffs:
8. Cam Newton – A lot of things have gone right for the Panthers since Newton’s car accident: winning the NFC South title, beating the Cardinals in the playoffs, head coach Ron Rivera escaping a house-fire unscathed, but now the Seahawks defense awaits.
7. Andrew Luck – He has the momentum on his side after that big win over Cincinnati, but Luck has yet to win an AFC Divisional playoff game, losing to the Ravens in 2013 and the Patriots in 2014.
6. Joe Flacco – It’s hard to argue with 10 playoff wins and a Superbowl in the last seven years (both of which are more than Tom Brady or Peyton Manning), but it’s extremely hard to beat the Patriots in Foxborough and Flacco has has struggled in the past against Patriots CB Darrelle Revis.
5. Peyton Manning – The future Hall of Famer has a .700 career winning percentage in the regular season. But in years where Manning hasn’t led his teams to the Superbowl he’s only 3-10. And after a terrible December (so bad that Jets QB Geno Smith had more TDs and fewer INTs), it’s clear that Manning is probably not ready for the playoffs.
4. Russell Wilson – More-so this year than in previous years, the Seahawks have been more dependent on their running game. But Wilson is still leading one of the hottest teams in football and set a career-low in INT% while setting career highs in completions, attempts, yards despite career lows in completion% and TDs. The key has been his evolution as a runner – with career highs in rushing attempts, yards, TDs and yards/carry.
3. Tony Romo – The Cowboys needed Tony Romo to put the team on his back against one of the best defenses in the NFL – and he delivered, with 2 TDs and plenty of toughness in the pocket. Not to mention, Romo has not lost a road game all season and has 20 TDs and only two INTs on the road this year.
2. Aaron Rodgers – Few QBs have matched what Aaron Rodgers has done this season, but none have matched what Rodgers has done at home. With 25 TDs and not a single turnover at Lambeau Field this year, Rodgers is pretty much a lock to outgun Cowboys QB Tony Romo. He’ll have to hope that his defense can do what the Detroit Lions couldn’t do though.
1. Tom Brady – It’s pretty hard to bet against a QB who’s been to three straight AFC Championship games and Superbowl. The scary thing is the Patriots won’t even need to rely on Brady in these playoffs with the defense playing better than some of their previous Superbowl teams. Nonetheless, TE Rob Gronkowski will likely have an offensive explosion as the Patriots avenge their 2012 loss to the Ravens.