It's the new Brady-Manning Bowl: Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers. The Patriots have already dispensed with the Broncos this season, and now they'll travel to Lambeau Field to face the NFL's other best team: the Green Bay Packers.
But because Rodgers plays in the NFC, he rarely matches up against either Brady or Manning, though the quarterback admits that the lack of face time with two future Hall of Famers doesn't define his career.
"I don't have a void in my career for not playing them more times," Rodgers said during his Tuesday radio show. "I have a ton of respect for them in their careers, but again I don't ever look at it like it's one quarterback against another. It takes 11 every single play to be effective. We play against some great teams in the NFC all the time. They've spent their careers in the AFC and that's kind of the way it's gone.
"I'd like to think that at some point by the end of my career, I'll have a number of matchups against a quarterback in the NFC who they like, much in the way that they like Brady and Manning, and they can make some comparison there, but I won't have any void from not playing those guys. I'd rather not; they're great players."
But it's not like Rodgers and Brady don't know each other; in fact, they often hang out in the offseason, even meeting up at the Kentucky Derby.
"Tom loves talking ball," Rodgers said. "So every time we get together, it's always fun to talk football and see what he's been thinking about and talk about his season and maybe throw some film on and watch a little bit of stuff."
The two will be on opposing sidelines on Sunday in a game that could be a preview of February's Super Bowl.