Duel of royalty, it’s not just another game


ORA matchup that has long been a Super Bowl takes place this week when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers visit Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

And while the matchup between Rodgers and Brady never came on the National Football League’s biggest Sunday of the year, this Sunday’s game isn’t just any game. For record book purposes it will be the first in league history to feature two starting quarterbacks who have a combined six Super Bowl MVP nominations, with TB12 taking five of those accolades.

The Rodgers-Brady rivalry that extends into Week 3 will also be only the third in NFL annals to pair quarterbacks with a combined seven MVPs (Rodgers won the honor in 2011, 2014, 2020 and 2021; Brady did in 2007, 2010 and 2017). Rodgers played in the last such game, against Hall of Famer and five-time MVP Peyton Manning in November 2015.

Including the postseason, Rodgers and Brady have met as starters four previous times. The winner of each of the last two regular season meetings (Brady in 2018 and 2020) won the Super Bowl.

Rodgers, the reigning MVP and back-to-back MVP, will face the best scoring defense in the league for two weeks. Head coach Todd Bowles and the Buccaneers allow only 6.5 units per game.

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Duel of royalty, it’s not just another game