NFL HOFer Claims Aaron Rodgers Could Replicate Tom Brady’s Performance with Buccaneers

Published 02/10/2021, 4:52 PM EST
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Matt LaFleur-coached Green Bay Packers were knocked out of the NFL Playoffs by eventual champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers suffered a 26-31 loss at the hands of Tom Brady and Co. in the NFC Championship game. Rodgers had a particularly silent outing as Brady threw 3 passing touchdowns to seal a narrow win.

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Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the Chicago Bears during their football game Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

Of course, the 43-year old also threw 3 interceptions in the first half itself. Brady had a decent debut season with the Bucs in 2020. He threw for 4,600+ yards with 40 passing TDs and 12 interceptions. In comparison, Rodgers threw for 4,200+ yards with a mammoth 48 passing touchdowns against just 5 interceptions.

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This begs to differ the question, would Aaron have done a better job than Brady if he played for Tampa Bay? Here’s what former Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens TE Shannon Sharpe had to say.

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Shannon Sharpe compares Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady once again

On the latest segment of Fox Sports’ Undisputed: Skip and Shannon, the pair discussed the hypothetical scenario in which Aaron Rodgers would have played for the Bucs instead of Super Bowl LV MVP Tom Brady.

He said, “I think the difference between these two teams was the defenses. Rodgers threw 48 touchdowns, which was eight more than what Brady threw in the regular season”

“He threw five interceptions, which I’m not mistaken is seven fewer than what Brady threw in the regular season. The difference was the defense because Rodgers was under as much pressure as Mahomes when they played Tampa Bay.”

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NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl LV REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“The Chiefs, they were averaging 31 a game. Let that sink in for just a second, skipping the Super Bowl. Two teams that come in averaging over 30 points a game could not get the ball in the end zone. So I believe Rodgers could have done what Brady did this year,” Sharpe said on the show.

Rodgers will be disappointed with how the season ended for him and the Packers a couple of weeks ago. Of course, he bagged his third NFL MVP title. But it was also his fourth loss in the NFC Championship game. The veteran shot-caller will hope to bounce back with vengeance in 2021.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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