Brees: Rodgers showing why he's 'one of the best'

Ryan Wood
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Aaron Rodgers' hot streak was recognized Wednesday when he was named NFC offensive player of the week.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs out of bounds against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback completed 19-of-22 passes for 255 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a win against the Carolina Panthers. It was his fourth straight game with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions, joining Tom Brady as the only quarterback to ever accomplish that streak. It was also the first time in Rodgers' career he threw as many touchdowns as incompletion.

Rodgers has thrown 18 straight touchdowns without an interception this season. He's the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 18 touchdowns and one or fewer interceptions through the first seven games of a season. He has gone six straight games without an interception, the longest stretch of his career.

Projected over 16 games, Rodgers is on pace to throw 41 touchdowns and only two interceptions. It would be his second 40-touchdown season, joining 2011.

Perhaps most impressive? After breaking Brett Favre's career touchdown passes record Sunday night, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning mentioned one name when asked who could surpass him. It was Rodgers.

"I did hear about that comment, and that's special to be mentioned like that, but that's a long way off," Rodgers said. "That would take a lot of consistency and availability. To be able to stay healthy for a number of years and play at a high level. That's obviously the goal of all of us in here. At some point, father time and injuries can catch up to you. You just have to try to find ways to stay healthy and play at a high level."

Rodgers has long earned the respect of peers across the league. Few people can appreciate the first seven games of Aaron Rodgers' season quite like his NFC counterpart, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees gushed over Rodgers' accomplishments on a conference call with local media Wednesday.

"That's about as efficient and sharp as you get," Brees said. "I don't know if people take that for granted up there, but that's not easy. That's why he's going to go down in history as one of the best. He's showing why right now." and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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