Packers XLV

It's Rodgers, Over and Out!

Posted October 3rd, 2011 @ 01:10am

This one obviously didn't represent the magnitude of the near perfect game in the Georgia Dome last January. But against the Broncos at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers played the finest game of his career.

Rodgers is the first QB in history to throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns, while also running for two additional scores--in one game. Rodgers is in such a zone right now that it feels like Ed Donatell could be the defensive coordinator and this team would still be 4-0.

I said on my radio show that I believe Aaron Rodgers is playing at a higher level than Favre ever did. He needs to sustain it over many months and seasons for it to mean anything, but Rodgers is playing like Peyton Manning from the waist up and Steve Young from the waist down--not a bad combination.

Against the Broncos, all of his receivers got into the act. Denver boasts pretty good linebacker and safety play, so it figured that Jermichael Finley would not be the target he was against the Bears. The Broncos paid extra attention to Finley, creating mismatches all day for the wide receivers. Jennings, Driver, Jones and Nelson all scored once, while rookie Randall Cobb also pitched in with two catches for 75 yards.

Rodgers' final numbers: 29-38 408 yards, four touchdowns and one pick (on a deflection). His passer rating was 134.5. The Broncos have a nice pair of pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller; they had Rodgers on the run a bit--a main reason he had nine carries for 36 yards (and the two scores).

We wondered about complacency and we saw a bit, when the Pack's 21-3 lead was cut to 21-17. But Rodgers engineered a precision drive for a TD to close out the first half, then took the team down the field to start the third quarter and it was curtains for the Broncos.

It certainly wasn't the shut down defensive effort many of us were looking for. Orton threw for 273 yards and Willis McGahee had a rare 100 yard rushing day. Despite the fact that Orton really only had two legit weapons in the passing game, Brandon Lloyd and Eric Decker were able to get open, make catches and pad their stat sheet. It's going to take a much stronger effort in Atlanta next Sunday night.

But for now, we enjoy the fact that the Pack is off to only its third 4-0 start in the last 45 years (that's after the Lombardi dynasty). There's no wiggle room because they share the NFC North lead with the Lions, whose second consecutive ginormous second half comeback has them and the rest of the football world believing. Thanksgiving Day can't come soon enough (come to think of it, I can wait. Golf season isn't over yet...). But what an epic game we have in store on turkey day.

That's a ways off. We all witnessed a performance unlike any ever before by a Packer quarterback, or any quarterback for that matter. Aaron Rodgers was absolutely magnificent on this day. And for that reason, the defending champs continue to sit atop the football world.

Check back for the Tuesday Morning Podcast for my review of the game...I'll use your emails and comments below.

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It's usually based on the size of the martkes and the success of the team.Raiders, Browns, Chiefs, 49ers, Bills, Jets, and Redskins have very large fan bases actually.I'd name them as Patriots, Cowboys, Steelers, Eagles, Chargers, Vikings, Colts, Giants, and Packers as the top 10.Teams like the Bucs, Titans, Bengals, Ravens, Rams, and Seahawks are brutally ignored even though they have expierenced success.Houston and Jacksonville are very young.

on August 1st, 2012 at 02:38am

I would sell college apperal. NCAA football generates alot more revenue than the NFL. 1. USC Trojans2. Notre Dame Irish3. Florida Gators4. Georgia Bulldogs5. Ohio State Buckeyes6. Texas Longhorns. (Texas has genereated the most revenue out of any college team for about 5-6 years now.)7. Penn State Nittany Lions8. Michigan Wolverines9. Tennessee Volunteers10. Oklahoma SoonersThese are no specific order.

on August 1st, 2012 at 09:19am

By DeepTeaKup June 1, 2010 - 1:04 pmAs a UM fan, I'm just glad Scott Rogers is a lacrosse goliae and not a MLB. Great game, I may have to start checking out LAX games more often.Thumbs Up/Down: 0 0

on August 1st, 2012 at 11:01am

AnthonyThe Broncos have gone on al ittle role, but they will hit a slump and eventually be clerppid by the end of the season. If they make the playoffs, look for a wild card and if they have home field, they will choke as usual. Just like they did in 2006 when they lost to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.

on August 3rd, 2012 at 05:45am

The winner of the T-Shirt in this weeks centost was our first entrant, Jennifer Kluck. There were three centostants ties by the score, but Jennifer wins via the offensive yards tiebreaker. Congrats Jennifer.

on August 3rd, 2012 at 06:07am

the way i had it, they were going to play ohio state. i'm pretty sure pepole would watch. i think the reason that that argument is dumb (or the biggest of many), is that basketball has a 64 team bracket, while football would likely have 8. that's huge. not to mention that basketball games in general don't matter that much bc they play 80billion. i thought george mason got a ton of attention over that?also, i would say this. if boise state got knocked off in the first round, then that's about the amount of attention they deserved in the first place. but for some reason in our current system they should be co-champs? the playoff is the way for less-known teams to get a shot. look at the BCS games- if you aren't in a BCS conference, you're probably screwed.also, sure, keep your gaylord hotels bowl if you want, i don't care. let half the teams play a bowl game for some corporate money before the playoff. talking about some crappy game in a bracket that nobody watches. if he honestly thinks those teams played as hard for or cared as much as if that was for a shot at the title, he's kidding's so fitting that the LA times wrote that- we don't need a winner, it's all about feelings. anyway, whatever, i'm probably just talking to other pepole that also want a playoff anyway.

on August 3rd, 2012 at 07:26am

rayThe Pittsburgh Steelers will beat the Broncos Monday night, just like the Baltimore Ravens beat them this past weekend. The Broncos are an ovarreted team that will finish the season around .500, losing around as many games as they win. Denver will lose to Pittsburgh this Monday night and will certainly lose to the Oakland Raiders on December 20th.

on May 18th, 2012 at 05:49pm

UpsherI think they wont because ayalws at the end they let the team that they have to defeat win because they get tired out.But Idont no they might bring it up then the defenders will get scared and pee in their pants because the STEELERS will kick their butts!

on May 18th, 2012 at 11:02pm

1. Steelers2. Cowboys3. Patriots4. Packers5. Giants6. Raiders7. Eagles8. Colts9. Cardinals10. Chargers11. Redskins12. DolphinsNCAA1. USC (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)2. TEXAS3. MIAMI4. OKLAHOMA5. FLORIDA6. FLORIDA STATE7. OHIO STATE8. MICHIGAN9. PENN STATE10. TENNESEEThe college teams i lsietd were the first ones that popped into my head. They have long storied programs that have been good. Some other schools might be: Oregon, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, North Carolina (Basketball team is one of the nations best), UConn, Georgia, Gerogia Tech, Nebraska. Look at who won the national championships footbal/basketball, Super Bowl etc thse teams have been in the news alot so they might have increased demand. Good luck with your business.

on May 20th, 2012 at 02:37am

not as many people nanwitoide care about the saints. keep them in your special order only section1. Dallas2. raiders3. redskins4. steelers5 Notre Dame (hate it but its your business)6. Ohio St7. Miami Dolphins8. U of Tennessee9. Alabama10. Green Bay Packersthose are 10 of the most popular football teams in the NFL and College Footballpeople are crazy in here AZ is not a big fanbase they have a hardtime even selling out their stadium unless Dallas is in town. the patriots and colts are great teams now but they are not national fan bases like dallas, oakland, pitt, etc there is a difference in fanbases

on May 20th, 2012 at 03:59am

After today, Jeffrey's first overall pick was pure genius.

on October 2nd, 2011 at 08:26pm

What a game. Our offense is running like a well oiled machine. Hope it stays that way! (Knocks on wood.)

on October 2nd, 2011 at 08:38pm

I just love seeing the Packers win in a blow out and we still havent played very well on defensive... A-Rod is by far the "MVP" this season. Altanta may not be looking tough this season but its going to be another real test Sunday night.....

on October 2nd, 2011 at 10:04pm

I am more than a little uncomfortable relying on our offense outscoring opponents while our defense continues to leak like a sieve. An elite quarterback will find a way to put up lots of points - all it takes is one bad weather day at the wrong time to derail this locomotive. I'm hoping Capers is holding something back but somehow I don't think so.

on October 3rd, 2011 at 02:25pm

Old South Side Guy, That is quite a call. I highly doubt you would see Arod in the slot. People get blown up in the slot, especially if they aren't use to it. But, its your call. We all like to bet on green sometimes. ;)

on October 3rd, 2011 at 04:19pm

Fun game to watch....Rodgers 6 TD spectacular...even James Jones concrete statue hands looked like a gold glove sure handed shortstop'. Broncs took Finley away so AROD spread it around....even Starks was a capable receiver and he went back to hard running instead of dancing with the stars. Love that MM is throwing in little special the successful onside kick and Capers "psyco" package where all the defenders stand up and give a flag football look. These are more things for future teams to think about. Special note to Davey, Scheny, and all the bloggers: On MM throwing in "special plays look for Randall Cobb to come out of a "no huddle" in the red zone in the PACKERCAT and throw a TD pass to AROD who will be lined up in the slot. Remember you heard it here first....RCOBB played this wildcat version at Kentucky. Some concern with our pass defense. There will be some games this year that the defense will need to dominate and win for us. GO PACK GO !!

on October 3rd, 2011 at 09:06am

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