The best quarterback-receiving duo in NFL history is probably Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, but the best one going right now is clearly Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. Can that dynamic duo lead Green Bay to its first Super Bowl title since the 2010 season? No question they can, and the NFC top-seeded Packers are +350 second-favorites to win Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7 in Tampa, behind only the AFC top-seeded Chiefs (+250).
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Rodgers is the clear betting favorite to win his third career regular-season MVP Award. Rodgers closed the regular season last Sunday in a blowout loss of Chicago – which clinched that top seed for Green Bay – by completing 19 of 24 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
It was 14th time this season Rodgers fashioned a passer rating of at least 100, pushing his season passer rating to 121.5 – second only in NFL history to his record-breaking 122.5 back in 2011. Of the 12 best single-season passer ratings of all-time, 8-out-of-12 of those players went on to claim MVP honors their respective years.
Individually, Rodgers established new franchise records in completion percentage (70.7%) and touchdown passes (48), both of which led the NFL this season. At age 37, he had just five interceptions and also rushed for three scores.
Those 48 TD passes tied Rodgers with Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (48 in 1984) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history. Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in 14 games within a single season in NFL history. He also had 12 games with at least three touchdown passes this season, tied with Tom Brady (12 games in 2007) for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.
Rodgers tied Sammy Baugh for the most seasons leading the NFL in lowest interception percentage (5; 2009, ’14, ’18-20) and became the first QB to lead the league in three straight years. He also became the first QB since Steve Young in 1992 to lead the league in the four categories of passer rating, TD passes, and completion and INT percentages.
“The MVP should be locked up,” Adams said of Rodgers. “There’s nothing else to really talk about. You look at what we’ve done and what he’s been able to do, and they’ve hit him with everything. Said he didn’t have any weapons, and we go out there and go 13-3 regular season, which isn’t our main goal, obviously, but it’s a hell of an accomplishment, especially when you’re in your second year with a new staff.”
This confident, vintage version of Rodgers has routinely made good defenses look bad and great defenses look mediocre. Remember, the Packers drafted his potential replacement in the first round of the 2020 draft in Utah State QB Jordan Love. Rodgers admitted he wasn’t thrilled with that pick. The Love selection shocked many with Rodgers under contract through 2023.
“General reaction at first was surprise, like many people,” he said. “Not going to say I was thrilled by the pick.” However, he holds no ill will toward Love, saying, “He’s not to blame at all.”
In the Chicago win, Adams caught all six of his targets for 46 yards and a touchdown. Adams didn’t have a big game by his lofty standards, but still tied Packers’ franchise record with 18 touchdown receptions this season, and he also set a new team-best mark with 115 total catches. Those totals came despite Adams missing two games due to injury.
The 18 TDs for the third-most touchdowns by a wide receiver in a single-season in NFL history. Only Hall of Famers Randy Moss (23 touchdowns in 2007) and Jerry Rice (23 touchdowns in 1987) had more.
Adams became the first player in league history with 100-plus receptions and 18 TDs in one season. He also tied the NFL record for games with 10-plus receptions and two-plus TDs in one season with four, matching Cris Carter (1995).
There’s more. Adams tied the franchise mark for games with 100-plus receiving yards and a TD with seven, matching Jordy Nelson (2014). Finally, he had the second-most games in league history with 10-plus receptions, 100-plus yards and a TD with five, behind only the six by Michael Thomas (2019), and the second-most games in team history with multiple TD catches with five, behind only the six by Don Hutson (1942).
Green Bay will not know its opponent in the Divisional Round until perhaps Sunday evening – it will be No. 7 Chicago if the Bears upset the Saints on Sunday afternoon.
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