After his latest jaw-dropping performance in rainy San Diego, I can't help but continue to rant and rave about Aaron Rodgers, who quite simply is performing as well as anybody under center whom I have ever seen at the pro level.
That's right. I said "ever."
I've been covering pro football for the last four decades and have extensively monitored all the great ones. I saw John Elway's first pass in his first training camp with the Broncos and knew right away he was special.
Rodgers so far this season has been better than Elway was at his best, and that's saying something.
Rodgers' current passer rating of 129.1 is exactly eight points better than the league passer rating mark set by the Colts' Peyton Manning in 2004.
I watched Manning like a hawk in 2004, and Rodgers has been better than Manning was, which is also saying something.
It started on the opening night of the 2011 NFL season, when he was matched up against Drew Brees, a very worthy counterpart. Rodgers came out of the gate on fire, culminating three first-quarter possessions with TD strikes to three different receivers.
And he has just gotten better and better since then.
His throws have been amazingly precise and delivered with such supreme confidence. He is making it look effortless, and in his most recent performance in San Diego, his rushing dimension that has been so overshadowed by his pinpoint passing was also in full bloom.
Rodgers is playing so well that it makes you believe the Packers actually could go undefeated, the team's leaky pass defense and stagnant pass rush notwithstanding.
Before signing off, I have to say that I still find it extremely hard to believe the Packers can stay perfect. I've already mentioned in this space how tough a challenge they will be facing on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions in the Motor City.
And after witnessing the winning efforts this past week of two other upcoming opponents — the Giants and the Bears on Monday night — I think both of those teams could be really tough outs the second half of the season.