Stats look: The difference Rodgers makes

The difference between the current Packers and when they had Aaron Rodgers for the first seven games is pronounced. The stats (and losses) tell the story of how much the Packers miss Rodgers.

There has been a lot of discussion over the last three weeks about the impact of the Aaron Rodgers' injury to the Packers. Any time a team loses a franchise quarterback, there is always a drop-off in performance, but perhaps no team has suffered more with the loss of a quarterback than Green Bay has with Rodgers.

Given their three games since the Rodgers injury, the difference in the Packers makes the case as to why Rodgers is a legitimate league MVP candidate. If you put it in terms of most valuable, it's hard to imagine anyone making as much of an empirical difference than Rodgers has with the Packers.

If there were only a couple of differences, it wouldn't be as dramatic a drop as Green Bay has endured. But the laundry list of differences in the Rodgers-led Packers and the Rodgers-less Packers are quite startling.

  • With Rodgers at QB, the Packers were 5-2. Without him, they were 0-3.

  • In the seven games he played, Rodgers had five games with a passer rating of 102.6 or higher and a season passer rating of 108.0. In the three games since, Seneca Wallace had a passer rating of 64.4 and Scott Tolzien has a passer rating of 68.2. In just three games, the two replacements have dropped the team passer rating from 108.0 to 98.8.

  • In seven games, Rodgers threw 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions. In the three games since, Packers quarterbacks have thrown one touchdown with six interceptions.

  • In the first seven games, the Packers had a four-minute time-of-possession advantage. In the last three games, Green Bay opponents have had a three-minute time of possession advantage.

  • With Rodgers, the Packers offense averaged 439 yards a game. Without him, they've averaged 367 yards a game.

  • With Rodgers, Green Bay converted third downs at a rate of 46.4 percent (45 of 97). Without him, they've converted just 30.3 percent (10 of 33).

  • In seven games with Rodgers, the Packers scored 23 touchdowns. In the three games without him, they've scored just four TDs.

  • In the first seven games, Green Bay outscored its opponents 212-158. In the last three games, the Packers have been outscored 71-46 – allowing 27 points a game in each of their last three games.

  • In the first half of games with Rodgers, the Packers outscored their opponents 107-51. In the last three games, they've been outscored 37-19.

  • Leading receiver Jordy Nelson was averaging 16.6 yards per reception and scored seven touchdowns with Rodgers. Without Rodgers, he's averaged 13.3 yards per reception and had no touchdowns.

    If you need 10 reasons why Rodgers should get consideration for league MVP if the Packers end up in the playoffs, let these suffice.

    The Vikings have had quarterback problems this year. Three different guys have started. The Packers have had quarterback problems this year. Three different guys have started. The Vikings' juggling act has resulted because of a lack of organizational confidence in any of the three. The Packers QB situation has been akin to a Pez dispenser. Next flavor up.

    There are many differences between the Vikings and the Packers. Among them is that, before Rodgers heard a snap in his collarbone, Packers fans had gone into games with three starting quarterbacks over the last 21 years – and that includes the infamous one-game Flynn Heist. To put that in perspective, earlier this season, the Vikings had three starters in 30 days.

    Be happy you're seeing Scott Tolzien on Sunday. Rodgers is cementing his MVP status with every game he misses.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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