Where would you rank his performance among the greatest playoff performances of the past?
It's up there. 31 for 36, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 136.8 QB rating. He's such a smart quarterback, right up there with Peyton Manning and Brady. He might even be the best QB in the NFL right now. Watch out for those Packers, they are much better than their 10-6 regular season indicates. Those 6 losses came by a total of 20 points.
Out of the 4 remaining QBs, Rodgers is definitely the most talented, but it would be hard to bet against the experience of Roethlisberger and his ability to win big games.
As for the best QB in all of the NFL, I think Rodgers may have put himself in the running for the 3rd place behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Hmmm, a Quarter Back that has won four NFL postseason games (all of them on the road) in just two seasons, who will be starting in his second consecutive AFC Championship game this weekend. Spin it any way you want, Mr Sanchez in the last 2 weeks has wins over Manning and Brady. Anyone want to disagree that he outplayed the MVP favorite in Foxborough? Think about this, Sanchez has won as many playoff games before the age of 25 as Brady did.
Doubt Sanchez all you want. But when it comes to big plays no one can deny that this kid doesnt come through, and though we see him get knocked down, he never stays down for long. When he gets back up, he wins the game.
Winning in January is what it is all about .. run the offense and make that key throw when your team needs a play. So for all of you that doubt his ability please do continue to doubt, for all I can say is the Jets will be in Pittsburgh this weekend. .. a team that is two-thirds of the way through one of the most treacherous road any team has ever had to travel to get to the Super Bowl . .. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger. I do believe they will finish the job against the Steelers . .. Sanchez will become the first quarterback in NFL history to win five road playoff games - and remember he is only in his second season.
And I am not saying this all just cause I am a Jet fan
I hope the Jets make it to the Super Bowl. It will be fun to hear Rex Ryan and rest of the crew talking trash for the next 2 weeks. Plus I hate the Steelers (PrettyDarkHorse is going to hate me for that).
a little bit is ok, otherwise it will become a wrestling match LOL LOL .. no not angry but GRRRRRRRRRRR
Maita - Its hard to believe that Jobs and I are pulling for the same team. But that is cause it is the NY Jets and not the NY Giants I can feel your Grrrrrrrrr!
Maita I love you and Shari both , so I will have to remain nuetral. However I will allow the winner between the two of you to buy me a Heineken.
Ah but Tony .. you have been around me and Maita long enough to know that we support each other no matter what. If the Steelers take the AFC, Ill be right there cheering her Steelers on (though you have to admit Aaron is pretty damn cute), and if the Jets take it, well I know she will be right behind me ! I know I can speak for Maita in that we both love the NFL no matter who wins (except of course the Patriots- but the Jets took care of that so that is a non issue!)
Either way, you get a Heinken
And Aaron well, how about the Clay?
I will gather all those NFL players with long hairs like Troy P., Clay and work on their hair LOL...
And Shari I am with you on the fact that now that the Pats have been dumped it's a great season.
Sanchez has been very effective in the playoffs thus far. But none of the remaining QBs throw as hard as Rodgers or move around the pocket as well as him, maybe Roethlisberger, but he more knocks guys off then really evades them.
I would definitely put Sanchez ahead of Jay Cutler, that's for sure.
Well no doubt Sanchez gets my vote for most under rated QB in the nfl, hands down. That's not an issue, but I doubt he's going to pull off another upset against the steelers. now before you bring up how he beat manning and brady, there is a few key differences. with manning, lets face it. we all know that manning hasn't exactly played like peyton manning throughout most of the season, and this year's colts are not the same dominant team of years past. then we get to brady, who i think when he's at the top of his game, he's impossible to stop. hell, i would never bet against him in any playoff game, or any game period. however, if that almost perfect season showed us anything, it's that the patriots behind their team first concept are really nothing more than a bunch of egotistical jerks. Hell, i'd be so bold as to say they have a way bigger ego than anyone on the Jets, as it's been proven that the Patriots can get over confident sometimes. Which I'm afraid I think happened against the Jets. Don't get me wrong, I give all the credit in the world to the Jets for winning that game, but I think Patriots got over confident AGAIN like they did against the Giants a couple of years back; which led to their demise.
I doubt seriously the Steelers are going to get overconfident, as the entire organization has always done a great job keeping their star players grounded. Therefore, the Jets are going to have to bring their "A" game to win this time, and Troy Palamalu (not sure if that's how you spell his name) wasn't in that last game where the Jets beat the Steelers in the regular season.
However, I'm not counting out the Jets completely though, as I still think they have a shot. I just don't think it's wise to bet against Big Ben Roethlisberger seeing as he always manages to find a way to win; even when he plays horrible like when he played his first super bowl.
to answer the forum topic though, I would have to say that I think Aaron Rodgers hands down is the third best Quarterback in the league behind Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Well I think that Brady sucked, was sacked, cant pass or just plain not in the mood to play in that game against Jets plus the Jets D is superb. No receiver seems to catch when Brady passed the ball. Nobody believed at the start of the season, the Pats will go to Superbowl anyway, but they were impressive, and their defense improved even for a not so perfect team hampered by injuries (many players on the injured list). Belichick is a good coach no doubt but he is ick ick ick, (he never smile) he benched Welker and so thats his kharma at the start of the game.
For my team well I hope they win. I will tell Big B to behave and be himself to avoid kharma. Actually the Jets did make it easier for Steelers to be on their spot right now by beating the Pats.
At the start of the season, I predicted Jets to win, why not, their D is good and Mark Sanchez is promising.
That man Rodgers his eyes are moving when he holds the ball, he is smart, and he plays good, real good. Cutler is also underrated but he shows he can win.
This is a good playoff games, defense play important part and the two top seeds lost to wildcards.
In playoffs, you will never know who will win.
And in order not to get me mad, don't say anything against
Favre, Manning bros and Big B, ok, deal, LOL LOL
Jobister I am not mad at you,,,but GRRRRR...
That's an excellent point about preseason expectations. Since the Patriots seem to contend every year a lot of people probably forgot that this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the team. To go 14-2 in the regular season with a team that had some obvious weaknesses is impressive.
The Jets were actually the team many were predicting would go far this season, along with the Packers. Both teams had good but not great regular seasons, but now they're really showing their strengths in the playoffs. The Packers especially were the overwhelming preseason favorite to go to the Super Bowl. 7 out of 9 Sports Illustrated football analysts predicted (before the season started) the Packers would go to the Super Bowl this year. 2 out of 9 had the Jets representing the AFC in the Super Bowl, with 5 out of 9 predicting the Jets would win the AFC East division (the other 4 all had the Jets getting a wild card). Oddly enough, only 2 out 9 analysts predicted the Steelers would even make the playoffs.
I can see why the bettors are rooting for Jets at the start of the season - the Jets team itself are a bunch of talents, you've got Tomlinson and Greene as running back and they are partners, they are lead rushers so to speak. They have Edwards and Santonio - red zone killer, and their center play Mangold. The Jets team knows how to blitz as well, bunch of talented football players. That is why they are the favorite to win at the start of the season, and they play it so well to reach the AFC.
I think Ryan respects Tomlin, he knows his caliber being the asst coach of the Ravens b4. Same with Tomlin, he respects the Jets coach- the Jets defeated the Steelers last time they met. They both play great defense, only I think that the Jets overall are a bunch of more talented line ups than the Steelers, but of course Steelers had different kind of defense which works well for them. Both teams D are great. They have a run games and it will be a battle of the best running fast game and turn overs.
Steelers team has this some kind of aura in them, the aura of respect - well Big Ben had been naughty and Tomlin is just not good, he is great.
Whoever wins, still they will have to face another tough team at AFC.
I read that Brady is going for surgery today,
Aaron Rodgers and that bunch of recievers are hard to bet against right now. Not only is Rodgers accurate but he is cat quick too. Jets/Steelers is just to close to call.The Bears are the weak sister of the bunch only because of Cutler.
But all of those teams have one common denominator , tough D.
Very true. We might talk a lot about the quarterbacks, but none of the remaining 4 teams get to where they are now without their defenses. I would say the Jets defense outplayed the Patriots defense last week more than Sanchez outplayed Brady. No receivers were getting open for Brady, even when he had a ton of time.
^^------- Agreed 100% about the remaining defenses. They are all amongst the league's elite. Also, I agree that the Patriots shortcoming against the Jets was that they never got any pressure on Sanchez whatsoever. I am not nearly as high on Sanchez as others here are, but when you give an NFL QB the kind of time Sanchez had to throw the ball that QB is going to be effective.
Yeah, all their defenses are in top 6 or 7. I dont think Rodgers will have a repeat performance.
I agree that Rodgers will not have a repeat performance in the sense that it is hard to duplicate the game he had against the Falcons, but also because the Packers are playing in Chicago on a rough field and in rough weather conditions in middle to late January. That's a profound difference from playing inside of a dome like they did against the Falcons. I still think Rodgers will do well enough despite the conditions to lead the Packers to a close win in what I think will be a low-scoring game.
Well Green Bay was 7-1 at home on a field that is often described as "the frozen tundra". It was a battle in Chicago in week 3, and I expect something similar this week.
I said that because I am from Minnesota (close enough to Chicago) and we have wind chills today from -25 to -40 below and we have had snow in all but 3 days so far in 2011. Being that Chicago is close enough, I would assume the weather for that game is not going to be pleasant, and thus it will be a low-scoring defensive battle. With that in mind, I don't think Rodgers puts up prolific numbers although I do think they will win due in large part to the fact that they are also accustomed to playing in poor weather and also because I think they are a slightly better team.
Rodgers would of been perfect if james jones didnt drop 3 passes (does that to much). Rodgers can have a repeat performance because the bears d isnt that much better then the falcons.
Yeah, I can't wait til that game. The good thing, 2 games left, and they should be real good ones.
Ask Ashlie, you aren't, by any chance, related to Dear Lovie, are you? (Sorry. Couldn't resist. I've been in a silly mood recently. )
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