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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Aaron Rodgers makes a quiet case for being the NFL’s best quarterback


Aaron Rodgers scores on land. (DARREN HAUCK / Reuters)
Is it possible for a quarterback to fly under the radar when he’s followed up a Super Bowl victory with a 4-0 regular-season start?

Aaron Rodgers is managing to do it. The Green Bay Packers quarterback is consistently putting up stunning numbers while guys like Tom Brady and Cam Newton and teams like Buffalo and Detroit draw all the air out of the NFL’s room.

Rodgers is second in the league with 12 TD passes and fourth with 1,325 overall yards. He has completed a ridiculous 73 percent of his passes (103 of 141 attempts, 9.5 yards per attempt) and been intercepted twice. He also happens to have the league’s highest passer rating (124.6). On Sunday, he added a new wrinkle, scoring twice himself in Green Bay’s 49-23 victory over Denver. It was those TD runs of 11 and eight yards that seemed to have him the most excited.

“I enjoy those times, to try to make it look semi-athletic,” said Rodgers, who has 15 rushing TDs over six NFL seasons.

“He is playing as well as any quarterback that I have seen, and this is my 23rd season,” Denver Coach John Fox said. Against Fox’s team, he became the first NFL quarterback to pass for over 400 yards, pass for four TDs and run for two.

“I think numbers can be misleading at times,” Rodgers said. “I felt like the ball was coming out pretty good, but I didn't feel like my feel in the pocket was maybe where it had been in some other games earlier this season.”

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