Know the enemy: Saints on Aaron Rodgers

METAIRIE, La. -- Aaron Rodgers has been one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks for seven years now. But this season, the Green Bay Packers star has cranked it up another notch.

He’s gone to ludicrous speed.

Rodgers has thrown for 18 touchdowns with just one interception this year. He’s been especially dominant during Green Bay’s four-game winning streak, throwing for 13 TDs with zero interceptions, averaging 244 yards per game and completing 70.6 percent of his passes.

Here’s what the New Orleans Saints have been saying about Rodgers this week as they prepare to face him Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

S Kenny Vaccaro: “He’s pure dangerous. I have the utmost respect for this guy, the way he competes, his accuracy, his arm talent, his mobility -- everything is checked off. ... He’s playing the best in the league right now, 18 touchdowns to one interception. Drew [Brees], Peyton [Manning], Aaron [Rodgers], Tom [Brady], it’s that elite category, what we call a blue dot, that they’re gonna beat you some place. Those are the top guys. Everybody knows it, too."

LB Curtis Lofton: “What really makes him special is everything about him. He’s smart, he’s intelligent. His arm, he has a cannon. He can throw from rolling out to the left, rolling out to the right. And he has great speed if he wants to tuck down and run.”

Coach Sean Payton: “He’s playing outstanding football. … His location, his command of the offense, he’s got exceptional awareness. He’s great at getting them in and out of plays. Obviously, they get in an up-tempo system and are able to get a look at the defense and try to get to the advantage plays. But, man, he does an awful lot of things outstanding. He’s having one of those seasons. And you can see the play of everyone around him also in these last four weeks. It’s been pretty impressive.”

DE Cam Jordan: “He’s a complete quarterback. He’s an elite quarterback. We’ve played him twice now, and he’s done a great job of having an awareness in the pocket, and he’s a little bit more elusive than you’d expect. Because of that he makes a lot of great throws when he’s scrambling.”

QB Drew Brees: “Anytime you go up against a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers on the other side of the ball, you know how sharp he’s gonna be and you know you have to be at your best. You don’t have to be perfect. But, man, just everything is magnified in a game like this. Just to be extremely sharp, to execute very well, and you know what to expect.”