192 Completions on 265 Attempts (72.5%), 2619 yards (9.9 YPA), 24 TD, 3 INT, QBR 129.1
198 Completions on 267 Attempts (74.2%), 2431 yards (9.1 YPA), 30 TD, 2 INT, QBR 136.2
Both of those stat lines are downright incredible. Do you know who they belong to? The first one is Aaron Rodgers' production so far this season. The other? Tom Brady through 8 games in 2007. Much has been made of the impressive year the young Packers QB is having, and the praise is well deserved. He's playing at a very high level right now. But the sensationalist media has taken the hyperbole to the extreme. So many are quoting the impressive stats he's on pace for, including breaking the Completion % record, and I saw Adam Schefter tweet a dubious stat today stating that no QB has ever passed for 2600 yards and 24 TDs through 8 games before.
I'm not trying to argue that Rodgers isn't playing the best right now. He absolutely is. But there has been too much said that no one has 'ever' started out this well, and he's on pace to light up the record books. The fact is offensive record runs almost always start off looking better early in the season when the weather is nice and defenses are still catching on to what everyone is doing. If Rodgers can maintain his pace, good for him. But if Brady could have sustained his pace from 2007, the TD record would be 60, not 50. If Kyle Orton had kept his pace after 5 games last year, he would have broken the passing yardage record by about 500. The same can be said of Brady's current yardage pace - I'd love to see him (and Welker) assault the record books, but I'll remain skeptical for probably another month. It takes 16 games to set a record. Rogers is 'on pace' to post some obscene stats, but let's hold off on the best season ever talk. There's still a lot of football left.