Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers is congratulated by fans after an NFL
football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 19,
2014, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 38-17.
GREEN BAY —
Someday, a Packers quarterback may reclaim the career record for
touchdown passes that now belongs to Peyton Manning.
It'll take a while
for Aaron Rodgers to get close to the 510 touchdown throws — and
counting — Denver's quarterback has. But if Rodgers keeps shredding
defenses like he has over the last month, he may very well have a
mentioned Rodgers by name for possibly making a run at the record
previously held by his predecessor, Brett Favre.
"It was the only
name he could come up with maybe. I don't know if his memory is as
good as mine," Rodgers said Wednesday. "I did hear about
that comment and that's special to be mentioned like that but that's a
long way off. That would take a lot of consistency and
Those qualities have
been two hallmarks of Rodgers' career in Green Bay, other than the
seven-week layoff in 2013 for a broken collarbone. Rodgers, who turns
31 in December, seems to be near or at the peak of his career.
Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers drops back during the first half of
an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct.
19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
He has thrown 18
touchdowns this season and just one interception, which came in the
season opener against Seattle. And he picked apart Carolina last week
for three touchdown passes in a 38-17 win, the fourth straight game in
which he had thrown at least three scores without an interception —
tying Tom Brady for the longest such run in NFL history.
The offense shows no
signs of slowing down with coach Mike McCarthy calling the shots. But
Rodgers, who enters Sunday night's game at New Orleans with 206 career
scoring strikes, is playing catch-up in career stats because he sat
behind Favre his first three years.
Favre played until he
was 41, finishing with the Minnesota Vikings in 2010. The 38-year-old
Manning is still going strong.
"Well, I mean
you'd love to be able to play that long," Rodgers said when asked
whether he considered his longevity after Manning, whom Rodgers
watched as a teenager, broke the record. "But to set a record
like that, it's about longevity, but consistency more importantly. And
Peyton's been doing it for so long at such a high level, he has taken
his game to an even higher level in Denver."
At some point,
Rodgers said, age and injuries may catch up.
But for the last four
weeks, at least, the offensive line has done its part to keep Rodgers
After allowing seven
sacks in the first two games, Green Bay has allowed 10 combined in its
last five. And the front five might be coming off its best performance
yet in last week's rout, during which Rodgers was sacked twice.
"I think we've
probably got the best pass-blocking line we've had since I've been
here," left guard Josh Sitton said. "If we can protect, and
are able to create holes for the running backs, then we can do
"So you give
Aaron time — he's unstoppable. Honestly, I think we go as far as
this offensive line goes, and if we can stay healthy and can continue
to play well, we'll be pretty good."
NOTES: Safety Morgan
Burnett (calf) was a new addition to the injury report Wednesday. He
did not practice, joining on the sideline CB Sam Shields (knee) and DE
Datone Jones (ankle) and RB James Starks (ankle). McCarthy said he
wasn't overly concerned about Burnett, Jones and Starks, and that they
were moving well in individual workouts. Shields, a starter who missed
last week, also did some individual work. McCarthy said the upcoming
bye week won't factor into his decision on Shields, adding, "If a
player can play, he plays."