(CBS) - They may not have the pulse-pounding, nail-biting comebacks of the Lions, but the Green Bay Packers don't need them. The Pack are making their so-far undefeated season look easy, and a big part of that is Aaron Rodgers. At the end of the first quarter of the season, Rodgers is clearly the best quarterback in the league right now.
Rodgers had a career day against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, tying his record of four touchdown passes and rushing for two more. He threw for a career-high 408 yards and racked up a quarterback rating of 134.5.
"Aaron Rodgers is obviously playing extremely well," Coach Mike McCarthy said. "I can't say enough. He is a special player."
But does "special" mean the best? The numbers don't lie.
Rodgers has completed 103 of 141 passes (73 percent) for 1,325 yards in the first four games of the season, with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. That adds up to a quarterback rating of 124.5, the league's best.
You can argue all day about what quarterback rating means as a stat, but it's impossible to argue about Rodgers' performance. He has the highest career passer rating in the history of the NFL at 100.5.
Guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees generally get most of the attention in conversations about the NFL's top quarterbacks. But it's impossible to ignore Rodger's performance so far in 2011. As the Packers continue to roll, expect to see more huge numbers from the best quarterback in the league right now.