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PI Finds: Is Rodgers Better Than Favre Ever Was in Green Bay?

Posted by Neil Paine on December 16, 2009

Brett Favre is having an MVP-caliber campaign for the Vikings this season, which approximately no one saw coming after last year's late-season meltdown with the Jets. But you may be surprised to see that, at least in terms of his rate stats, Favre is actually having arguably the best season of his entire career this year, at the ripe old age of 40! Here are Favre's career-best completion percentages:

Year Age Tm G Cmp Att Cmp%
2009 40 MIN 13 295 433 68.1
2007 38 GNB 16 356 535 66.5
2008 39 NYJ 16 343 522 65.7
2003 34 GNB 16 308 471 65.4
2004 35 GNB 16 346 540 64.1

Yards per attempt:

Year Age Tm G Att Yds Y/A
2007 38 GNB 16 535 4155 7.8
2009 40 MIN 13 433 3341 7.7
1995 26 GNB 16 570 4413 7.7
2001 32 GNB 16 510 3921 7.7
2004 35 GNB 16 540 4088 7.6

And, finally, passer rating:

Year Age Tm G Rate
2009 40 MIN 13 106.0
1995 26 GNB 16 99.5
1996 27 GNB 16 95.8
2007 38 GNB 16 95.7
2001 32 GNB 16 94.1

But here's where it gets really bizarre... Aaron Rodgers is currently on pace to put up these numbers:

Year Age Tm G Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/A Rate
2009 26 GNB 16 358 546 65.5 4405 31 9 8.1 102.5

Let's compare them to Favre's numbers in Green Bay:

Year Player Age Tm G Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/A Rate
2009 Rodgers 26 GNB 16 358 546 65.5 4405 31 9 8.1 102.5
1995 Favre 26 GNB 16 359 570 63.0 4413 38 13 7.7 99.5
1996 Favre 27 GNB 16 325 543 59.9 3899 39 13 7.2 95.8
2007 Favre 38 GNB 16 356 535 66.5 4155 28 15 7.8 95.7
2001 Favre 32 GNB 16 314 510 61.6 3921 32 15 7.7 94.1
1997 Favre 28 GNB 16 304 513 59.3 3867 35 16 7.5 92.6
2004 Favre 35 GNB 16 346 540 64.1 4088 30 17 7.6 92.4
1994 Favre 25 GNB 16 363 582 62.4 3882 33 14 6.7 90.7
2003 Favre 34 GNB 16 308 471 65.4 3361 32 21 7.1 90.4
1998 Favre 29 GNB 16 347 551 63.0 4212 31 23 7.6 87.8
2002 Favre 33 GNB 16 341 551 61.9 3658 27 16 6.6 85.6
1992 Favre 23 GNB 15 302 471 64.1 3227 18 13 6.9 85.3
2000 Favre 31 GNB 16 338 580 58.3 3812 20 16 6.6 78.0
1999 Favre 30 GNB 16 341 595 57.3 4091 22 23 6.9 74.7
2006 Favre 37 GNB 16 343 613 56.0 3885 18 18 6.3 72.7
1993 Favre 24 GNB 16 318 522 60.9 3303 19 24 6.3 72.2
2005 Favre 36 GNB 16 372 607 61.3 3881 20 29 6.4 70.9

Other than the TDs, which admittedly dwarf Rodgers' projected total (Favre matched or topped 31 TD on seven occasions in Green Bay) and a slim 8-yard advantage to Favre's best campaign, Rodgers projects to have a higher completion % than Favre ever had in Green Bay, fewer interceptions, more yards per attempt, and a higher passer rating. Like I said... bizarre.

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