Aaron Rodgers Record With Top-10 Scoring Defense Points to Potential Playoff Appearance for Packers

Max Staley
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Aaron Rodgers is widely viewed as one of the most talented quarterbacks of all time. That isn't up for debate. However, his nearly unrivaled talent hasn't always translated into wins, especially lately.

Entering this season, Rodgers had gone 20-18-1 over his last 39 starts. Of course, it's hard to pin too much of that record on Rodgers, as the Green Bay Packers' defense had been a bottom-12 scoring unit in each of the last three seasons.

This year, however, has been a completely different story.

Green Bay invested heavily in some top-tier free agents, specifically on the defensive side of the ball, and the Packers D is the eighth-best scoring unit in the NFL through five weeks.

That's something that could be a problem for the rest of the NFC, since Rodgers has been extremely successful when playing with a top-10 scoring defense. And it seems to already be working as the Packers have jumped out to a 4-1 start with this new-look defense.

Rodgers has only played with a top-10 scoring defense in two other seasons during his illustrious career. He finished 11-5 in 2009, with the seventh-best scoring defense, and then went 10-6 in 2010 on his way to a Super Bowl win with a top-two scoring unit.

If the Green Bay defense continues to pressure opposing QBs at the rate it has through five games, with 33 QB hits (tied for No. 7 in the NFL), the Packers could be in line for a deep postseason run.

The team's offense hasn't been great, averaging just 244.2 passing yards per game (No. 17 in the NFL), but with Rodgers at the helm along with his MVP pedigree, you have to think that'll turn around soon. With the defense playing this well, the Packers could be legitimate Super Bowl contenders if and when the offense starts to click.

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