In this new series, packers.com takes a look back at one of the team’s single-game records and how the individual set the mark. The series continues by looking at Aaron Rodgers’ 155.4 passer rating at Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2009, which stood as the record until almost exactly a decade later, on Oct. 20, 2019, when Rodgers posted the maximum 158.3 rating vs. Oakland.
GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers set some rather high standards for himself not long after he took over as the Packers’ starting quarterback.
Take Week 7 of the 2009 season, the 22nd start of his career.
In a remarkably efficient performance to produce a 31-3 blowout of the Browns in Cleveland – just his fourth road win – Rodgers broke the franchise record with a 155.4 passer rating, going 15-of-20 for 246 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
A few things about the 155.4 mark really stand out.
First, it broke the previous team record of 154.9 set by Brett Favre six years earlier on that unforgettable Monday night in Oakland following his father’s death. That game is much more iconic than a ho-hum runaway in Cleveland on an October afternoon, but certain statistics are what they are (more on that later).
Second, it topped Rodgers’ previous career high to that stage by more than 20 rating points. He had posted a 132.2 rating in the ’08 regular-season finale vs. Detroit, and those two games were his only ratings above 130 through his first 40 career starts. Since then, he’s surpassed a 130 rating 26 times.
Finally, for all of Rodgers’ greatness, including two league MVPs over the ensuing decade, his 155.4 stood as the record for almost exactly 10 years, before he broke it this past season by hitting the maximum 158.3 rating vs. the Raiders.