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Aaron Rodgers thinks “down years” for him are career years for most QBs. Are they?

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Aaron Rodgers is on pace to throw for 52 touchdowns this season, which would be second all-time to Peyton Manning’s 55 in 2013.



a man wearing a hat: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leaves the field following an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday in Green Bay, Wis. (Mike Roemer / Associated Press)


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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leaves the field following an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday in Green Bay, Wis. (Mike Roemer / Associated Press)

Not bad for a guy in his 13th year as the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback. Or a guy who finished with half that amount last year.

Still, don’t call it a comeback. Or anything of the sort. You might be setting yourself up for a Rodgers retort like this one:

“I sometimes laugh when people talk about down years for me because a lot of times down years for me are career years for most quarterbacks.”

That was part of Rodgers’ response Tuesday when asked on “The Pat McAffee Show” if he was benefitting from being in offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s system for a second season. Rodgers answered that he does feel more comfortable this year before seemingly taking umbrage at the premise of the question.

McAffee and company erupted with cheers following Rodgers’ remark, prompting Rodgers to say, “Hey, it’s just the facts, bro.”

But is it?

First, it must be noted that Rodgers put up some excellent numbers last year as he helped the Packers to a 13-3 record. He passed for more than 4,000 yards for the eighth time in his career and had only four passes picked off. His interception percentage of 0.7 was the

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Aaron Rodgers: Down years for me are career years for most quarterbacks, says Green Bay Packers star

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Aaron Rodgers is back to his scintillating best for the Green Bay Packers and, on Tuesday, he took aim at those who questioned him during the 2019 campaign.

Rodgers’ superb start to the 2020 season has helped the Packers surge to a 4-0 record as they look to go one better than last campaign when they lost in the NFC Championship game.

Green Bay finished last year 13-3, though many believed the Packers were fortunate to reach that record, with Rodgers’ transition to head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense appearing far from seamless.

There can be no doubts the Packers’ 4-0 start to this year is deserved, with Green Bay’s points differential of plus 41 through four games the highest in the NFC.

Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers was asked if being in his second year of LaFleur’s offense is an advantage compared to last year.

“It does help being in a second-year [offense] for sure, I feel a lot more comfortable,” he replied.

“But … I sometimes laugh when people talk about down years for me, ’cause a lot of times down years for me are career years for most quarterbacks.”

It is tough to dispute Rodgers’ claim. Though his completion percentage in 2019 dipped to 62 – his worst performance in that category since 2015 – he still had 4,002 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His interception percentage of 0.7 was the best in the NFL.

Through four games this

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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers zings his 2019 critics: ‘Down years for me are career years for most QBs’

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Aaron Rodgers is back to his scintillating best for the Packers and, on Tuesday, he took aim at those who questioned him during the 2019 campaign.

Rodgers’ superb start to the 2020 season has helped the Packers surge to a 4-0 record as they look to go one better than last campaign when they lost in the NFC Championship game.

Green Bay finished last year 13-3, though many believed the Packers were fortunate to reach that record, with Rodgers’ transition to head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense appearing far from seamless.

There can be no doubts the Packers’ 4-0 start to this year is deserved, with Green Bay’s points differential of plus 41 through four games the highest in the NFC.

Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers was asked if being in his second year of LaFleur’s offense is an advantage compared to last year.

“It does help being in a second-year [offense] for sure, I feel a lot more comfortable,” he replied. “But … I sometimes laugh when people talk about down years for me, ’cause a lot of times down years for me are career years for most quarterbacks.”

It is tough to dispute Rodgers’ claim. Though his completion percentage in 2019 dipped to 62 – his worst performance in that category since 2015 – he still had 4,002 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His interception percentage of 0.7 was the best in the NFL.

Through four games this year, Rodgers

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Aaron Rodgers on pace for his career-best statistical season

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had plenty of good seasons, but the numbers he’s putting up this year exceed anything he’s done before.

Rodgers has completed 98 of 139 passes for 1,214 yards, with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.

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That’s a completion percentage of 70.5 percent, which would be a career high. (His previous high was 68.3 percent in 2011.) He’s on pace for 4,856 yards, which would be a career high. (His previous high was 4,442 yards in 2018.) He’s on pace for 56 touchdowns, which would be a career high. (His previous high was 45 in 2011.) His zero interceptions would, of course, be an all-time best. (His previous fewest was two interceptions in 2018, which is the fewest in NFL history for a quarterback who started all 16 games in a season.)

With the Packers at 4-0 and Rodgers saying that even his down years would be a career year for most quarterbacks, he has every reason to crow about the way he’s playing this year.

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Aaron Rodgers deflects criticism, says down years from him are ‘career years for most quarterbacks’

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Aaron Rodgers spent a considerable portion of the 2019 season responding to questions about his relationship with new Packers coach Matt LaFleur. He also had to endure whispers about a possible decline in his play despite posting a 26-4 touchdown/interception ratio last year while leading the Packers to within a game of the Super Bowl. The outside noise grew louder this offseason after Green Bay traded up to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the draft. 

Despite the noise, Rodgers is playing at an exceptionally high level. Through four games, Rodgers has completed 70.5% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions while leading Green Bay to a 4-0 start. On Tuesday, Rodgers, less than 24 hours after he threw four touchdowns in the Packers’ home victory over the Falcons, was surprisingly transparent when discussing the pedestal he is often put upon by the media. 

“Every team is different. Every year is different,” Rodgers said on “The Pat McAffee Show” when asked about the challenges he faced under LaFleur’s system last season. “Circumstances in any year allow you to have more success or make it more difficult for success; it just depends on the situation. It does help being in the second year, for sure. I feel a lot more comfortable. 

“I sometimes laugh when people talk about down years for me, because a lot of times, down years for me are career years for most quarterbacks.”

Rodgers is right. Last year, considered a “down year” by some media members, Rodgers’ passer rating was 12th in the league, according to Pro Football Reference. Rodgers also finished in a tie for eighth in touchdown passes while finishing 11th in passing yards. 

This season, despite multiple injuries to his receiver (along with the fact that Green

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