2017 Grade: .642
2017 3rd Down: .608
Week 1 vs. Seattle: Rodgers is nearly impossible to deal with. Despite scoring just 17 points, he puts the Packers in advantageous positions time and time again. He was accurate, he threw from all the awkward platforms that have turned him into the star that he is today, and he made some massively important first downs with his legs. Look at the torque and drive he has on this ball as he falls away from his target – impressive.
Week 2 at Atlanta: It’s not too often that Rodgers gets nearly an entire quarter erased due to garbage time. The Packers spent the majority of the second half chipping away with “gimme-passes.” The absence of both starting tackles impeded Rodgers ability to flee the pocket from either side. In fact, the final nail in the coffin came when both edges broke down and Rodgers lost a fumble on a questionable call by the officials. Even his worst day is better than most quarterbacks.
Week 3 vs. Cincinnati: Aaron Rodgers is an icon of the sport. No one has ever managed the pocket the way he does, and that skillset was on display Sunday against the Bengals. Changing the launch point multiple times on a given play, he’s nearly impossible to sack. He creates more “sandlot” yardage than any player that has ever played the game. Enjoy him while we still have him.
Week 4 vs. Chicago: There isn’t a tougher quarterback to defend in the NFL, and nobody knows that better than the Chicago Bears. Rodgers tormented the Bears again with pristine accuracy, unrivaled pocket movement, and the big play. The GIF below is a prime example of his ability to quickly recognize where the pressure is coming from, find a launch point, get to it, and throw an absolute dime. He does something every week that is truly a marvel.
Week 5 at Dallas: The NFL is Aaron Rodgers’ league – we’re just living in it. The best quarterback in the game (and of all time in this writer’s humble opinion) notches another scalp in Dallas. Rodgers took down the Cowboys by extending plays like no one before him, and throwing pinpoint dimes regardless of his platform. Rodgers has just six negatively graded plays (in 110 drop backs) over his last three games. He is truly a marvel to watch and I am simply out of superlatives for him.