After a 1-2 start to the regular season, the Packers have finally hit their stride, trouncing a good Panthers team at home in Week 7. Aaron Rodgers was near unstoppable as the seven-year starter hit each of his primary targets for scores and improved his QB rating to 117.3 (second best in the NFL).
Part of the reason behind Aaron Rodgers’s MVP-quality day was outstanding protection up front. Rodgers played three quarters of football largely untouched, thanks to pro bowl-caliber play from the entire offensive line. The front five also created big holes for Eddie Lacy, who has enjoyed few big performances since the season’s start but has now upped his yards per carry to 4.0 on the season. Further, play calling from Mike McCarthy was balanced and hard to predict, which produced long drives on offense and good rest for the defense.
I have said before that I don’t put much weight on rank in the NFL. In particular, I spoke about how the defensive rank doesn’t properly weigh or even leaves out some of the most telling stats (ie. points against, turnovers, opposing qb passer rating, 3rd down D). Today I took a look at Aaron Rodgers rank as an NFL quarterback.
I wouldn’t have spent much time on it except that once I saw what he was ranked and finished rolling my eyes, I started looking closer and making comparisons, again, of some of the stats that I thought were most important.
Aaron Rodgers…current NFL rank:
Brett Favre sat down with Steve Mariucci on the morning that Peyton Manning goes out on the field with a realistic chance of breaking the career touchdown record. No Packers fan will forget the day that Favre broke the record, with an in route to Greg Jennings, a “Monumental milestone in a legendary career.”
But few records stand the test of time and when Peyton breaks Favre’s record…it will be temporary bliss and one day, Manning will have to watch someone surpass him. But there are is one thing I love about Brett Favre’s career in touchdowns. Continue reading
Well the Packers won a thriller in Miami last week but then followed it up with a dominant performance against the Panthers this afternoon.
The Panthers, whose defense was a league-leader last season, has not been great up front, exposing their weakness in the backfield in 2014. The Packers and in particular Aaron Rodgers, took advantage of that today. Rodgers and the Pack racked up 172 first quarter yards to the Panthers 5. Aaron took apart the Panthers defense with a passer rating of over 150 for the third time in his career. This game was over before the half and though they were ineffective, it was good to see a lot of second stringers get on the field. Continue reading
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t top the stats sheet across the board, but, where it matters, nobody is better.
Well, the Carolina Panthers are coming to Lambeau. They will be as welcome there as Percy Harvin is in Seattle, as welcome as LenDale White at a USC football game, as welcome as…Percy Harvin is in Minnesota….you get the point.
But the Packers have to watch this as it is a classic trap game. No one yet can figure out why the Panthers’ defense has no played like it did last year, Cam Newton is a danger to our defense with both his arm and his leg, and the Packers’ emotional victory last week sets them up for a possible let down in front of the home crowd. But if the Packers can do 3 things (the first of which is apparently brought to you by shamelessalliteration.com), they can get another important victory. Continue reading
Packernation has been waiting for word on Sam Shields and Tramon Williams after coach McCarthy has said that neither’s injury was long term. But today, word came out that Sam Shields was out for Sunday’s game against Carolina and Tramon Williams is questionable. This, along with the absence of Datone Jones for a second game, make the Lambeau Field contest against the Carolina Panthers the first with major questions at the start position this year. Continue reading
The Packers dodged a bullet last week in South Beach – but may not be so lucky on Sunday if sloppiness on both sides of the ball persists. Aaron Rodgers and the offense will look to regain momentum at Lambeau, where they have put up 30-plus points in both home field games this season.
Despite an impressive front seven on paper, the Carolina defense has allowed big games to Le’Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard this season, which has produced the 27th ranked run defense in the league. Now back at home, I expect Mike McCarthy to commit to the run early and allow Eddie Lacy to establish a groove before inserting James Starks into the mix later in the game. With sights set on playing into January, the Packers will need to establish a reliable rushing attack that can take burden off of Rodgers when the temperatures begin to decline.
Peyton Manning has gone on record as saying he hates the media in his face before and after games and now Aaron Rodgers just stated on the Dan Patrick show that he also feels uncomfortable with the way the cameras are being let onto the field.
Should there be a limit to what media can cover? Continue reading