Who Is The NFL’s Best Team: Packers Vs. Patriots Debate?

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Who Is The NFL’s Best Team: Packers Vs. Patriots Debate?

While Aaron Rodgers is continuing his stretch of no interceptions at home, Tom Brady is picking up just where he left off last season, a winner. But if not for a late botched onside kick in last seasons AFC championship, the discussion for the National Football league’s best team might be even closer. The debate between who is the better quarterback between Rodgers and Brady might be just as close, but that’s another topic for another day.

Aaron Rodgers has always had a potent offense but this year may be his most talented across the board. After Eddy Lacy got injured in week 1, his replacement James Starks was called into question to pick up the slack and he didn’t disappoint. Against one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks, Starks rushed for 95 yards in his first game with legitimate playing time. But what is even more surprising is the depth of talent Rodgers has to throw to this season. With Ty Montgomery bursting onto the scene in the absence of Davante Adams, the Packers proved just how talented they are. With the recent acquisition of an old favorite target in James Jones to an already potent attack including Randall Cobb and Adams, this Packers team is for real.

The Packers offensive line has come into question lately due to injury but Rodgers has such a quick release and is so mobile that it is difficult to get to him. This is part of the reason that Rodgers has 10 touchdowns and no interceptions on the season. Rodgers looks crisp and his decision-making is second to none. Defensively, Green Bay has surrendered some points but Clay Matthews has returned to his Pro-Bowl, team leading self.

Over his illustrious career, Tom Brady has established himself as a quarterback that doesn’t need elite receivers to be great. This year is no different for Brady who has thrown for 1112 yards and 9 touchdowns with no interceptions, numbers extremely close to that of Rodgers. But Brady has one target that Rodgers doesn’t have, Rob Gronkowski, and he utilizes him to his full potential. The Patriots have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL which has not only given Brady plenty of time to find his targets, but has also allowed anyone they put in the backfield to thrive. While LeGarrette Blount was suspended for one game and barely got any touches in his second, backup Dion Lewis shouldered the load for New England with three very consistent games. When Blount came back, he picked up just where he left off. New England has had three very impressive wins this season, two of which are to very respectable AFC playoff contenders in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

Both Green Bay and New England are so far ahead of the rest of the NFL that if either didn’t make the playoffs, it would be due to something drastic. When it comes to playoff time though, Tom Brady has dominated clutch situations. Brady has won four Super Bowls during his career and has orchestrated key 4th quarter drives in multiple while Rodger has won just one but since he won the super bowl 5 years ago, he’s only been back to the conference championship once. When it comes to playing well in January, Tom Brady has mastered the art.

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