But maybe that's the issue ‒ Rodgers has been brilliant all season long, while the Brees-for-MVP campaign is fueled mostly by a late-season surge. He's been the guy in more headlines recently. His late season numbers have been sick, and It was Brees who destroyed Dan Marino's single-season passing record while Rodgers spent the last week of the season on the bench.
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But don't forget that Rodgers set a pretty significant record of his own, too ‒ best passer rating in a season ‒ but that one, though it may be the better measure of quarterbacking performance, doesn't get nearly the media attention as Brees' record. It doesn't have Dan Marino's name, or a nice round number like 5,000 tied to it.
There are quality points to be made in Rodgers' favor, though.
• Rodgers' Packers went 15-1 while Brees' Saints went 13-3. Now, I'm not saying this because I believe the quarterback with the most wins is always the better quarterback. In fact, I hate that line of thinking. But it's also true that two of the Saints three losses came during weeks of poor Drew Brees performances ‒ a 70.9 passer rating in week six against Tampa Bay, and a 73.0 passer rating in week eight against the Rams.
• Again, Rodgers set the NFL's all-time record for best passer rating in a season. It may not be a perfect metric, but it's the best we have at measuring overall passing performance.
• Remarkable consistency. Rodgers had a passer rating of over 110.0 for eleven straight weeks. He dipped below 95 only once, Green Bay's week 15 loss to Kansas City.
• Touchdown-to-interception ratio: Rodgers, 45-6; Brees, 46-14.
• Yards per attempt: Rodgers, 9.2; Brees 8.3. Each Rodgers throw gained nearly one full yard more than each Brees throw.
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