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NFC North Q&A: Who would you rather have, Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers?

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Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers?

Given the choice, ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano would take Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback over Brett Favre.

Today's question: They each have one Super Bowl victory in their spectacular careers. But which quarterback would you rather have, Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers?

Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears: That’s an easy choice: Rodgers. Favre is a future Hall of Famer with 508 career touchdown passes. But Favre also tossed 336 career interceptions in his 20-year career. Through 10 seasons, Rodgers has 226 regular-season touchdown passes to just 57 interceptions. NFL teams win and lose every week based on their quarterback's ability to protect the football. Rodgers attempted 341 regular-season pass attempts last year and was intercepted only five times. For all of Favre’s greatness, he threw some awful interceptions. Rodgers is also the more accurate passer of the two and has the stronger arm. The ultimate barometer for elite players is Super Bowl championships. Favre and Rodgers each has one title. But I suspect Rodgers adds at least one more ring to his collection before he eventually calls it quits.

Ben Goessling, Minnesota Vikings: I’ll preface this by saying that Favre probably never had the set of weapons -- or the freedom in the Packers’ offense -- that Rodgers enjoys now. But I’d have to take Rodgers over his predecessor. He throws a better deep ball, he’s more dangerous (though probably not quite as creative) on the run and most importantly, he doesn’t kill you with crucial interceptions the way Favre could. It’s easy to praise Favre’s improvisational skills and overlook how smart he was, how good he was at slinging it over the middle and how much more traditional of a West Coast scheme the Packers played back then. Rodgers, though, is probably performing at a level of efficiency Favre never reached.

Michael Rothstein, Detroit Lions: Rodgers, and it isn’t as close as you think. Favre was an all-time great quarterback and is a lock for the Hall of Fame. He also had the propensity to force things and make horrific decisions. He threw fewer than 10 interceptions just twice in his 20-year career, and one of those seasons was when he played in two games in 1991 with Atlanta. His completion percentage of 62 percent was good, but Rodgers has never had a completion percentage lower than that since he became a starter in 2008. Rodgers has also thrown fewer than 10 interceptions in all but two of his seasons, including six or fewer interceptions in three seasons since taking over as the starter. Both are winners. Both are fantastic quarterbacks. But if I want to win games and I want a smart quarterback who won’t drive me crazy, I’m taking Rodgers, and I’m taking him every time.