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Is Rodgers still the best QB in the game right now?

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  • Eli Manning

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This wasn't a good week for Aaron Rodgers. First, he lost to the Giants in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game. Then, his "discount double check" commercials became the most ill-timed spots since the Jets' Pepsi Max ads. And finally, Miss America Laura Kaeppeler (pictured above moments after Eli's pass landed safely in Hakeem Nicks' hands) said she was waiting for Rodgers to call her. And then once the Packers lost, Kaeppeler said she was just kidding.

Fame, like dames, can be fickle.

The biggest slap in Rodgers' face is Dave Dameshek starting to hedge off his assertion the Packers' quarterback is the greatest quarterback of all-time in Episode 47 of the Dave Dameshek Football Program. Available on iTunes!

So while we wait for this Sunday's conference championship games, let's kick it around. Did the Packers' loss change your feeling on Rodgers? Is he still the best quarterback in the game? Are you still going to take him with the first overall pick in your fantasy draft? Let's talk about it.

With that all out of the way, I am offering you my likes and dislikes for the coming fantasy week and more (mostly more). That's right, Facebook won't give you a dislike button, but I certainly will. And this all will be presented to you in a random, meandering style, which has been glowingly referred to as "teenager on crack chic." Bolded names are my likes and dislikes. My first "like" is my stat man, Bill "Sudsy" Sudell.

Too many disclaimers? You can always check the rankings, but that is a terrible way to waste the final hours of your work week.

Having a bye week seems to be a curse in recent years. I was worried about Aaron Rodgers having not thrown a meaningful pass since Week 16, and those fears were proven correct. The Packers are all about feel. There was no reason to sit Rodgers down for the final week. …

I always will wonder if coach Mike McCarthy was worried the Lions would take a few extra liberties with Rodgers, so he took the safe way out. I'm not sure I can fault that thinking. …

The 49ers vs. Patriots wouldn't surprise me in the Super Bowl, either. I liked the 49ers last week, but the Giants have the better offense and better receivers to give them the edge. …

The Patriots feasted on a lot of bad teams during the regular season (and you could say in their first playoff game) and are a little overrated. The Patriots played two teams above .500 in 2011 and lost to the Steelers and Giants in consecutive weeks. …

I guess you could argue the Broncos were 9-8 after beating the Steelers. If Patriots fans are convinced a solid showing against the Broncos erases all ills, so be it. But the image of Ray Rice gashing the Patriots defense in 2009 is still fresh in my mind. …

And I say this as somebody who wants the Patriots to go to the Super Bowl and win in Indianapolis. It would put the final dagger in the Peyton Manning vs. Brady argument. It would be over, and there would be nothing Rob Lowe could say to make it right. …

Oh yeah, if you missed this -- we found some fake Rob Lowe tweets which illustrated his lack of NFL knowledge (link). How this makes him different from me, I have no idea, but still. …

St. Louis FC bringing Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator and Gregg Williams to run the defense would have amused me just a few years ago. But seeing how the team's return to Los Angeles is all but certain, this stuff isn't funny anymore. What are we you doing, Jeff Fisher? …

ImageThis just in, Judd Nelson is reporting Marty Mornhinweg will be the next coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Although Ally Sheedy is reporting Mornhinweg will be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders. And the blonde bookish gal who beds Rob Lowe in "St. Elmo's Fire" tweeted Mike McCoy will be the new coach of the Dolphins. … a

ImageSadly, Andrew McCarthy is still looking for work. … …

ImageFor the record, "St. Elmo's Fire" is not a sequel of the "Breakfast Club." Although, I first thought "From the Hip" was a sequel to "St. Elmo's Fire," but it's not. …

A number of Ravens fans dumped on me for having a negative view of Joe Flacco. How do you feel about Ed Reed basically calling him out? …

This has to put Flacco on edge, and if he makes one mistake early against the Patriots, this could still topple like a house of cards. This is one of the topics we discuss with Jeff Garcia in the latest edition of the Dave Dameshek Football Program. (Link) …

ImageBut I still have the Ravens winning. Look at the competition Flacco has faced this season. He’s played a tougher schedule, and it will benefit him here. The Patriots have played the NFL version of "squash matches." ...

LaDainian Tomlinson is back criticizing his (soon to be former?) coach Rex Ryan and said the coach should keep his mouth shut. Tomlinson also called Mark Sanchez "pampered" and ripped the chemistry in the team's locker room. And then Tomlinson reminded everybody he's a classy guy. …

It's hard to remember a guy going from one of the class acts in the league to being so lowly regarded without being arrested or having some sort of domestic disturbance. Tomlinson is still the same guy he's always been, but my perception of him is going to be changed going back to the 2006 AFC playoffs when he charged after celebrating Patriots players. …

Imagine how much different the NFL landscape would look if the Chargers had beat the Patriots in 2006. They would have crushed the Colts in the AFC Championship Game and likely have beaten the Bears in the Super Bowl. That would mean Peyton Manning would not have a championship, and Eli would be closing in on No. 2. …

If Eli wins the Super Bowl this season, who would have the better NFL career? This assumes Peyton will never win another Super Bowl, because he won't if he stays with a team which won just two games this season. So who would be the best? Kind of hard to believe Eli is entering this discussion. Of course, he has to win a second Super Bowl. Maybe I should pump the brakes a bit. But it's looking inevitable.


For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 37,000 followers, and Fabiano has 40,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Also be sure to catch the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program."

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