The Green Bay Packers ran the table over the last six weeks of the regular season, thanks in large part to a hot streak by their quarterback. Aaron Rodgers was stellar down the stretch for the Packers, throwing no interceptions over the past month and a half while getting his completion percentage and yards per attempt stats back to more familiar territory.
Today, for his efforts, Rodgers was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for the period covering December and January:
NFC Players of the Month (December/January)— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) January 5, 2017
O: Aaron Rodgers, GB
D: Vic Beasley Jr., Atl
ST: Johnny Hekker, LA pic.twitter.com/FpqMUE6INz
Is anybody seriously disputing this honor for Rodgers? I didn’t think so. In the five games played since the start of December, Rodgers has the following stat line:
Passing: 112-161 (69.6% completions), 1,354 yards (8.4 Y/A), 13 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Rushing: 21 carries, 84 yards (4 Y/C), 1 TD
And just think, all of that game after Rodgers hurt his hamstring in the final game of November and his calf in the second game of December.
If not for Rodgers, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan would have had a great case. In fact, he did even with Rodgers’ presence, as Ryan completed 72% of his passes for 1,428 yards, 12 scores, and one pick. However, the Falcons went 4-1 over that five-week span compared to the Packers’ 5-0 stretch, and Rodgers had a much bigger impact running the football.
This is now Rodgers’ 8th player of the month award, which is the most in NFL history. He most recently won the award for his work in November 2014, when he had a similar stat line of 1,233 yards, 13 touchdowns, and no picks and helped the Packers to an undefeated stretch.