Here's one QB comparison to prove how average Aaron Rodgers has been

Everyone is talking about the struggles of Aaron Rodgers this season. No one, even legendary Packers quarterback Brett Favre, knows exactly what's wrong with the talented quarterback.

But one thing is for certain: there is something wrong. And here is the ultimate tell that things have gone sideways.

Aaron Rodgers has been statistically worse than Brian Hoyer over the last 12 starts for each quarterback.

Stop reading and say that last sentence out loud. Because Hoyer is a journeyman backup and Rodgers is a man many have called the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

But the statistics show that, quite clearly, Hoyer has been a better quarterback over their last 12 respective starts.

There are some caveats here. For one, it's a 12-start situation because before the last start being factored in here, Hoyer wasn't starting. Remember, he started Week 1 for the Texans last year before being benched for Ryan Mallett. Small red flag there.

Secondly, you saw me mention the Texans. That's because Hoyer was with a different team. He wasn't good enough for Houston to keep around and the Texans signed Brock Osweiler to a $72 million contract instead. If they thought Osweiler for that money was better than Hoyer that says a lot more than statistics about Brian Hoyer, especially in relation to Aaron Rodgers.

And finally, let's not forget Hoyer wasn't even the starter coming into this season. He was Jay Cutler's backup until Cutler got hurt and then Hoyer became the latest Bears backup to put up big numbers over a multiple-game stretch.

All of this is to say that 1) Brian Hoyer is not better than Aaron Rodgers even if the stats say so and 2) you can bet that Rodgers will see multiple graphics telling him he's been worse than Hoyer over the last 12 starts ahead of Thursday night's game.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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