Ahead of next Wednesday's "The Match" on TNT, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady took some time to trash talk their opponents, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.
While Rodgers and Mahomes have never actually played against each other in a football game, they will take on each other in golf next week. And Rodgers, a four-time NFL MVP, didn't hold back against Mahomes, comparing him to the most famous muppet.
"We’re from the older era. When I started playing, there was actual real trash talk, guys trash-talking each other," Rodgers said, via Greg Auman of The Athletic. "There was a lot of good s***-talking. You knew who they were around the league. Now it’s more buddy-buddy, social media, following each other, memes, all this emoji s***. It’s not the same. When you talk about Kermit the Frog and Josh trying to s***-talk me and Tom, a couple of old-school grizzled vets … come on. They better have some prepared material that’s written by Bill Burr and Brian Regan or some ****. They’re not going to be able to hang with Tommy and I."
A dislocated kneecap kept Mahomes from playing against Rodgers and the Packers in October of 2019, when Green Bay won 31-24 on Sunday Night Football. Rodgers -- who was infamously "immunized" but not actually vaccinated -- missed a 13-7 loss to Mahomes and the Chiefs last November at Lambeau Field because he tested positive for COVID-19. The Chiefs and Packers will meet in Week 3 of the 2022 preseason, but aren't slated to meet during the regular season.
Meanwhile, Brady took aim at both Mahomes and Allen.
"Golf s***-talk is a little different than pro football s***-talk. Usually pro football s***-talk, you have to back that up," Brady said. "Josh really hasn’t backed much up on the football field in his career, let’s be honest, especially playing against me. … Patrick, although he’s played a lot of great games, he didn’t really win the important ones. He’s won a few of the other ones, but not really important ones."
Of course, Brady and the New England Patriots defeated Mahomes and the Chiefs in overtime of the AFC Championship Game in January of 2019, with Mahomes and company never getting to touch the ball after losing the coin toss before the extra period. Mahomes and the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, but failed to defend their title a year later, when Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trounced them 31-9 in Super Bowl LV.
As far as Brady and Allen, it's hard to put too much stock into their limited meetings as division rivals. Allen became the starter in Buffalo in 2018, but didn't become a superstar until 2020, at which point Brady had moved on from New England. Allen and the Bills did lose to 33-27 in overtime to Brady's Buccaneers in Week 14 of the 2021 season. With that said, Allen had a herculean effort from an individual sense, throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns, while he also added 108 rushing yards and touchdown scamper.