QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
|6-2, 220||Born: 12-2-1983||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
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2015 Week 19 vs ARI (24 / 44 / 261 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Despite a slow start, the absence of Randall Cobb (who left with a bruised lung) for most of the game and a completely shut down James Jones, Aaron Rodgers nearly pulled a huge win out of his bag of tricks. Once again, Rodgers was forced to throw a ridiculously long pass for a touchdown--in this case to tie the game, though, not win it--and receiver Jeff Janis made a great catch, pulling up early and adjusting to the defense so he could have strong position on the ball. The throw traveled about 60 yards through the air and dropped right where Rodgers meant it to, giving Janis a great chance to make his play. The play capped off a day that, as has happened all too often this season, started off slowly for Rodgers and the offense. The team went with an up-tempo rhythm on the offense early in the game and frequently went no-huddle during the course of the four quarters. It was clearly an effort to get the offense into sync early, but was hampered by multiple drops--an issue which plagued the offense all game to some degree. Rodgers also seemed off on occasion, and it was clear that he and his receivers were often not on the same page. That happens when James Jones is blanketed by Patrick Peterson and Cobb is injured. Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis often seemed to be somewhere other than where Rodgers expected, and it's not a shock. He knew exactly where Cobb or Nelson would be--he'd played with them for years. The younger receivers don't make their cuts in the same place, don't run routes the same way and generally aren't savvy veterans. So we saw moments where Rodgers threw a ball which looked like a poor pass, but by the look on his face, was likely where he wanted it to go--his target just wasn't there. Rodgers did get what he wanted a few times, such as on Janis' first touchdown of the day. On the play, Rodgers scrambled and made it look like he might run for the end zone, but on replay it is clear he was looking for a receiver the whole time. He saw Janis knifing into the end zone on a slant and threw a dart right to his receiver, fitting the ball between defenders for the score. On the downside, sometimes Rodgers still tried to do too much and one such moment nearly resulted in a pick-six early in the game. With Arizona in the lead 7-0, Rodgers was forced from the pocket and scrambled to buy time. He saw James Jones heading to the end zone, but when he threw the ball, he threw off-balance and didn't have enough strength in the pass. It was underthrown quite a bit and picked off by Patrick Peterson, who took the ball for a 100-yard touchdown. Luckily the play was called back on a hands-to-the-face penalty, but it was one of several throws Rodgers made that were not well-thrown balls. Next season will see the return of Nelson, something which should be a positive for everyone in the offense and chance for Rodgers to bounce back from a rough season.
2015 Week 18 vs WAS (21 / 36 / 210 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was kind of ugly early as the offensive line struggled to protect Aaron Rodgers, culminating in a safety early in the first quarter. However, Rodgers showed an all too frequent bout of indecision as well on that play as the All 22 tape reveals he had at least one receiver open, and the line provided him with almost four seconds of time. Even for a slow developing play such as it appears was called here, Rodgers needs to get rid of the ball or move more quickly. The struggles continued as Rodgers missed some wide open receivers and seemed to be off mechanically, not setting his feet and delivering the ball with less-than-ideal zip on it. Things began to shift in the second quarter though as Rodgers caught Washington with too many men on the field and then hit James Jones down the middle with a pinpoint pass. The Packers switched to a hurry-up/no-huddle offense and that seemed to catch Washington off-guard and knocked them back on their heels. Rodgers caught Washington with too many men on the field again a little later and, as he does when he is at his best, turned a free play into a big play. On the play, Rodgers called a quick snap (literally watching the Washington player struggle to get off the field as he called the snap) and dropped back. It didn't seem like the receivers had any command but to "head to the end zone" and the pass rush quickly got to Rodgers. However, he was able to elude the defenders until he spied Randall Cobb in the end zone, and then fired a rocket for the touchdown. This is when Rodgers is at his best, when he spies a mistake and makes you pay for it. The second touchdown was similar in that Rodgers made Washington pay for a blunder, but in this case it was blown coverage and a miscommunication among the defenders. Davante Adams went on a corner route but when safety Dashon Goldson releases him, nobody picked Adams up. Rodgers wasted no time in getting the ball to Adams for the score to put the Packers in the lead for the first time during the game. Overall this was the best we've seen Rodgers play in a long time, and while it was against a so-so defense, it bodes well going forward.
2015 Week 17 vs MIN (28 / 44 / 291 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
his was yet another in a long line of inconsistent Rodgers games, where one minute he's fumbling the football or throwing a poorly thought out pass and the next he is making a ridiculous throw for a touchdown or scrambling for a big play. The worst play of his game was the fumble. On the play, defensive end Everson Griffin got around left tackle Josh Sitton to pressure Rodgers and force him inside. Rodgers was not quick enough though, and Griffen batted Rodgers' arm before it moved forward. The ball flew from Rodgers' hand and the only person not wearing white and purple who knew it was a fumble was the quarterback, who immediately got downfield to try and cut off the impending return. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn picked the ball up and headed for the end zone and while Rodgers nearly got him before he crossed the goal line, he couldn't make the tackle. Rodgers' interception was also a brutal turnover, especially coming in the end zone as it did. The play came on fourth and goal with just over two minutes left in the game. On the play, Rodgers had plenty of time but the receivers were all well-covered. He spotted James Jones with a tiny bit of separation in the end zone, but Xavier Rhodes was lurking nearby. There was no room to throw, save for the sideline, but Rodgers instead threw the ball inside, directly at Rhodes, who easily picked the ball off. Why he didn't go to the sideline where only James Jones could make a play is hard to figure out. Rodgers one touchdown was to tight end Richard Rodgers on an intermediate out route. Vikings safety Harrison Smith was a little slow coming up to cover R.Rodgers, and the tight end easily made the catch. Both Smith and cornerback Xavier Rhodes met R. Rodgers at the goal line and the tight end made one of the ugliest touchdown leaps across the goal line in the history of football. He got the score though. Rodgers got hot in the second half, but looked bad early on. The offensive line continues to be an issue --Sitton is a guard, not a tackle and struggled all day out of position --and the receivers struggle to gain separation. That isn't to excuse Rodgers though, as he has not looked good for most of the season. The whole offense is out of sorts right now, and Rodgers is at the heart of it. If he cannot turn it around, the team will not win in Washington. On the other hand, the Packers cannot make Rodgers throw the ball 44 times and expect to win.
2015 Week 16 vs ARI (15 / 28 / 151 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
The Arizona Cardinals kicked the heck out of the Packers on both sides of the ball, so Aaron Rodgers found himself on the bench in the fourth quarter. Head coach Mike McArthy could have done it sooner too, as the Packers offensive line was getting Rodgers crushed and once the game was out of control, there was no upside to risking Rodgers' health before the playoffs. Interestingly, this was a game where the scrambling ability we normally laud Rodgers for seemed to be a detriment, as receivers didn't seem to know what to do when he left the pocket and Rodgers found himself having to avoid big hits or throw the ball away. Rodgers' interception was painful to watch as he found himself under duress and tried to force the ball to a blanketed James Jones. The ball wasn't thrown with enough loft to avoid the defender, who easily picked it off in the end zone. That wasn't his only - or most damaging - turnover. In the third quarter, already down 24-0, Rodgers dropped back to pass and was hauled down by linebacker Kareem Martin. The football came lose and was scooped up by defensive end Cory Redding, who took it 36 yards for a touchdown. Rodgers then coughed the ball up again with 3:11 left in the third, as he was sacked by linebacker Dwight Freeney. The ball popped out of Rodgers' hands, bounced off his offensive line and into the arms of cornerback Jerraud Powers, who took it seven yards for the touchdown. That was the eighth time Rodgers was sacked and he was pulled not too long after.
2015 Week 15 vs OAK (22 / 39 / 204 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was a rough game for Rodgers, though we have seen struggles like this with him all year. Rodgers was erratic early, settled down long enough to throw a touchdown and then threw a late game pick which didn't amount to anything but was baffling nonetheless. On the play, Rodgers threw off his back foot - something he is doing far too frequently this year - and produced what amounted to a 50/50 ball towards Jeff Janis. Janis should have been more aggressive in going after the ball and when he saw he was not in position to catch it, should have known he needed to become a defender. Being passive showed his inexperience and highlights the issues Rodgers faces with this cobbled together group of receivers. That said, Rodgers should have known not to throw the ball and if he was going to, should have done a better job mechanically to deliver a better ball. There was no reason to throw that ball, up ten points, in field goal range with less than three minutes remaining. The Packers were lucky the ball was spotted at the one yard line and not ruled a touchback, as that spot made things much harder on Oakland's offense. You still see sparks of the old Aaron Rodgers, such as the heads up play on James Jones touchdown earlier in the game. The Raiders were playing a lot of single-high coverage (meaning one safety back and the rest of the defensive backs playing man up on the line of scrimmage) and so when both Jones and Randall Cobb ran streaks down the field, the safety had to play both and Jones was wide open. The safety couldn't shift over in time to stop him from scoring and the Packers regained the lead for good. Overall this was another shaky game from Rodgers, and both he and head coach Mike McCarthy need to figure out how to improve on the output before the playoffs or this team will have a very short stay in the post season.
2015 Week 14 vs DAL (22 / 35 / 218 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
With head coach Mike McCarthy reluctantly taking over play calling duties again, both Aaron Rodgers and the whole Packers offense looked much closer to what we have come to expect. The short, quick slants were back (although not as frequently as we used to see them), along with some very creative screen passes that have been added in to get the receivers the ball in space and with some blockers in front of them. While the offense looked better and more in sync than it has, Rodgers still seems a little off. He doesn't look like he is fully stepping into his passes and it has made for some shaky accuracy and slow passes. He has a strong arm and can overcome the occasional sloppy mechanic but it feels like we are seeing this a lot. Rodgers looked OK more often than not though, including on both touchdown passes. The first was on a 13-yard swing pass to James Starks. It was either a great play-call or a nice adjustment at the line by Rodgers, and he got the ball out before the Cowboys could correct and account for Starks coming out of the backfield. On a 3-yard pass to Richard Rodgers in the second quarter, A. Rodgers did a nice job of rolling out and hitting the wide open tight end. While it was a positive play, this pass also was a good example of what happens when Rodgers doesn't set his feet as the pass was low and behind R. Rodgers, who had to slide and dig the ball off the ground. At the end of the day, the Packers look much better when McCarthy is calling plays, and that includes their quarterback who looked more comfortable than he had in some time.
2015 Week 13 vs DET (24 / 36 / 273 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 27 / 1 rush)
The Green Bay Packers continue to ride on Aaron Rodgers' back most weeks as the offense continues to drift away from what made it successful in previous years. The Packers are not utilizing the quick slants and screens that they used to slice up defenses with. Some of that is that the team misses the reliability of Jordy Nelson mixed with the frequent drops by the receivers still there--even Randall Cobb. The result is a lot more vertical passes which fall incomplete and a few that get picked off. Rodgers has only thrown five interceptions this year, so the latter isn't a huge concern although Thursday's was a bit ugly and indicative of what we've seen on his longer passes. Rodgers felt pressure and had to leave the pocket, which he did to extend the play. So far, so good, but then he failed to set his feet even though he had time. James Jones was crossing the field and open, though there was a defender behind him and nearby in front of him. The ball sailed, and Jones was unable to haul it in even though he leaped up and extended fully for it. Jones got a hand on it so could he have made the catch, as the announcers suggested? Sure. But it was a poor throw and any catch Jones made was just bailing his quarterback out. Of course, for every bad or off-target throw from Rodgers, you get darts like his third quarter, 8-yard touchdown throw to Davante Adams. On the play, Adams ran a skinny post with a tiny double move early on in the route. He didn't shake the coverage and was actually bracketed by a pair of Lions. Rodgers threw a pass that was high, but not as much as it was on the interception. Neither defender had their head around to see it coming so Adams was the only one to reach up and make a play on it, which he did for the touchdown. Of course, the biggest play was the bomb at the end of the game. On the one hand, it was a tremendous throw of 61 yards (it nearly hit the crosswalk along the top of the dome) and showed amazing arm strength. Did it show accuracy? Well it fell where he wanted it to go, but it was basically a jump ball, like any Hail Mary. More than anything Richard Rodgers did a phenomenal job of positioning himself in front of the rest of the players in the end zone, jumping and getting the ball. It was an impressive throw, but also an impressive play by Richard Rodgers.
2015 Week 12 vs CHI (22 / 43 / 202 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)
While there are numerous issues that Aaron Rodgers cannot control - the drops by his receivers, good coverage and an inability of his targets to gain separation to name a few issues - Rodgers has made more than a few uncharacteristically bad decisions each game. For example, in the first quarter the Packers were in the Chicago end at the 30 yard line. On a 2nd & 7 play, Rodgers dropped back and scanned the field for downfield targets. The Bears defense did a nice job of covering the receivers initially, though tight end Richard Rodgers gets open beyond the first down marker with a nice cut. Rodgers never looks to his left though, intent as he is in getting the ball deep to James Jones. The receiver cannot get free though, not before Rodgers feels pressure. Without setting his feet and without any real regard for the coverage, Rodgers just chucks the ball into the air, and it is terribly short and off target, it's picked off by Bears cornerback Tracy Porter. The interception was nullified by an illegal contact call on Porter, but Rodgers didn't have that call when he threw it and he was lucky to get it. There are no two ways about it - that was a dumb throw, and something we are seeing far too much of the last month or so. In another case, Rodgers held the ball way too long and took a ten yard sack, when he had James Jones open across the deep middle. And Rodgers was nearly picked off in the end zone on an ill-conceived pass to Randall Cobb in the second quarter where the coverage was between Rodgers and his receiver and the ball was just poorly thrown. Ironically his one interception wasn't really on Rodgers. Davante Adams was knocked off his route be a defender and didn't make it to the spot where Rodgers was throwing on a timing route. On the play There were plenty of good plays by the quarterback as well, such as the heads-up dump-off pass to Eddie Lacy, which the running back took 25 yards for a score. Rodgers is going to Lacy on short passes a lot, and in this case the offensive line did a tremendous job of getting upfield and blocking for the running back. Lacy had a clear land to run in all the way to the end zone. Rodgers could have had another touchdown as with just 36 seconds left in the game, he threw a nice pass to James Jones, which was broken up by a tremendous play from Bears cornerback Tracey Porter.Overall, this was a shaky game from Rodgers who continues to struggle in finding his receivers, getting the ball to them and doing both quickly. His receivers may drop a lot of balls, but he is throwing an equal amount of bad ones as well.
2015 Week 11 vs MIN (16 / 34 / 212 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Things didn't start out all that great for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers passing offense, but Rodgers rebounded in the second half and played much closer to what we expected but didn't see over the last few games. Early on, Rodgers seemed uneasy in the pocket and not on the same page as his receivers, such as on a 2nd down in the first quarter when he threw a bizarre short pass to nobody. Upon closer examination, it appeared that James Jones didn't run right route, and when Rodgers tried to pull the ball back, it slipped from his hand. There were also spots where Rodgers just flat out missed a receiver. But in the final two minutes of the first half, the momentum seemed to shift for Rodgers and the offense. The drive started off a little shaky again, but then the Vikings were called on a big pass interference penalty which put the Packers on the Vikings' 35 yard line. While the Packers weren't connecting all that much in the red zone, the Vikings kept getting flagged and give the Packers offense more chances until Rodgers finally hooked up with Randall Cobb for a 10-yard score. It was an ugly drive, but it got Rodgers going. Interestingly, from a statistical standpoint, Rodgers wasn't great in the second half, going just 5-of-14 after having gone 11-of-20 in the first half. However, while his passing numbers weren't tremendous, he and the offense looked more in sync, including on a perfect pass thrown to James Jones along the sideline of the end zone. The throw was only where Jones could get it and Jones made a great catch while keeping his feet in bounds. There's still something off about the passing offense, but Aaron Rodgers seemed much closer to his old self in the second half.
2015 Week 10 vs DET (35 / 61 / 333 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
The game started off in the right place. Aaron Rodgers was throwing a lot of short passes and getting the offensive into rhythm. It seemed to be that the offense was finally getting back to basics, which could only spell trouble for a Detroit Lions defense which has largely been awful. Then Rodgers' accuracy started going wonky and he began throwing the ball wide, high, and otherwise off-target. It wasn't a matter of not having Jordy Nelson--these passes were bad, and even Nelson wouldn't have caught them. Rodgers missed Davante Adams on a long pass where Adams had a few yards on the coverage and the ball sailed. He then missed Jared Abbrederis along the sideline on a short out. These are passes Rodgers just doesn't miss, especially back to back. Rodgers got back on track, but the consistency he normally shows seems to be gone. While he was largely effective between the 20 yard lines in the second quarter, he was unable to find the end zone and the team had to settle for a field goal and then kneeled down to end the half. Rodgers opened up the second half with three straight incomplete passes, over the course of two series and all three passes were poorly thrown and off-target. As with the first half, Rodgers settled down over the course of the quarter, but more than once reverted to his inaccurate ways. Even on a simple shuttle pass in the fourth quarter, he just flat out missed his target. Rodgers did hook up with tight end Richard Rodgers again this week on a bullet to the back of the end zone late in the fourth quarter and then followed it up with a throw to Justin Perillo. On the two-point conversion try, the Lions blitzed the A gap and Rodgers had very short time to make a decision. Had he rolled out or scrambled he might have had Richard Rodgers open across the middle, or he might have been able to get more on the pass to Davante Adams with was dropped. Ultimately neither thing happened and the conversion failed. Overall, Rodgers continues to look off and his accuracy and timing are not what we have come to expect, while the offensive playcalling also seems to deviate from what is working--short slants and outs--which seems to disrupt everything. The offense and Rodgers are both taking too long to get going and by the time they do, the team has dug itself a hole which, the last three weeks, they have been unable to get out of.
2015 Week 9 vs CAR (25 / 48 / 369 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
The first half of Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers looked like a hangover caused by the hammering the Denver Broncos defense administered a week prior. The Panthers did an excellent job of bottling up Rodgers' receivers while the offense ran roughshod over Green Bay's defense, creating a 37-14 halftime deficit. Surprisingly, though Rodgers was sacked five times overall, only one came in the first half when the Panthers were better on defense. It wasn't all bad in the first half though, as Rodgers did a great job extending the play and zipping a pass in a tiny window for a Richard Rodgers touchdown last in the first quarter. On the play, nobody was open as Rodgers rolled out to his right and made his progressions. He dodged one defender, then stepped up and spotted R.Rodgers at the front corner of the end zone. With no margin for error, Rodgers fired the ball at his tight end for the score. One of the things which really stood out during a second look at the game was the difficulty the Packers had converting third down plays. ESPN's Jason Wilde broke it down further, pointing out that not only were they 3-of-14 on third down Sunday, they have been 5-of-22 over the last two games and just 31-of-91 (or 34.1 percent) for the season. Wilde says that last year the team converted 47.2 of their third downs. The third down efficiency was 33 percent in the first half and actually got worse in the second half when the team put together its comeback--they went 2-of-6 in the first half and 1-of-8 in the second for a total of 3-of-14. Rodgers spent most of the first half--not just third downs--overthrowing or just flat out missing his receivers. The Panthers did a tremendous job of blanketing Rodgers' options, particularly Randall Cobb who had just one catch in the first half (on four targets). The second half was different right off the bat. Rodgers completed his first three passes, including a 53-yard touchdown to the aforementioned Cobb. On the play, Cobb got behind the defender on a wheel route down the sideline and Rodgers dropped the ball right in the basket, so his receiver never had to break stride on his way to the end zone. On the second touchdown, Rodgers got some help from James Starks on a catch-and-run. On the play, Rodgers hit Starks on a dump pass, but the receivers downfield did an excellent job of blocking and Starks was able to rumble his way for six points. Five minutes later and down 15 points with just under four minutes left, Rodgers hit R. Rodgers for his second touchdown of the game on a quick slant route. On the play, the tight end briefly blocked the defensive end, then squirted out toward the end zone. The end was too slow to react and Rodgers had a wide open shot to throw the ball. Of course, the biggest play was the one which was the most disappointing for both Rodgers and his fans. With two minutes left on a 4th and 4 and down eight points, Rodgers dropped back to pass. The play was designed for Cobb to go in motion and slip out to the right side where Rodgers could hit him with an easy pass. However, Rodgers saw two defenders gathered near receiver James Jones and assumed one would get Cobb. So he looked away and dismissed Cobb as an option. That was unfortunate, as Jones did a great job taking out both defenders and Cobb was indeed open. The safety was coming over, but had Rodgers shown patience and waited, he could have gotten the ball to Cobb as he has so many times in the same situation. Instead, Rodgers found himself with no outlet, was about to be tackled and got scared by something--his words--and just tossed the ball up where a defender intercepted it. Something is definitely off with the offense overall, though the second half was a step back towards normalcy. It's starting to look as if Rodgers is missing Jordy Nelson a bunch and as if defenses are catching up with the rest of the receivers--controlling Cobb and shutting down everyone else.
2015 Week 8 vs DEN (14 / 22 / 77 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 31 / 0 rush)
Sunday night was as close to a disaster as Aaron Rodgers has ever had, but it was more about the constant pass rush and stifling secondary than his own issues. Yes, Rodgers was erratic and at times wildly off target, but that a lot of that was the Denver Broncos defense. The Broncos' secondary did an excellent job of playing the Packers receivers in straight man coverage, which allowed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to rush five or even six players at any time, sometimes on delayed blitzes and often setting defenders near the edge to contain Rodgers when he fled the pocket. The offensive line did a fairly good job getting Rodgers time and when they couldn't, he used his legs to flee but the Denver secondary did an excellent job of containing the receivers (a point of emphasis in practice last week was sustaining coverage for long stretches of time per the broadcast team). The result was few completed passes and no touchdowns. Rodgers was sacked three times, all in the second half and one resulting in a fumbled ball which ended up in the end zone as a safety. The first two were the result of one defender getting through the line relatively unscathed (defensive end Antonio Smith on the first and linebacker DeMarcus Ware on the strip-sack leading to the safety), with the third more of a coverage sack by Von Miller. All the pressure and the sharp coverage reduced Aaron Rodgers' yards per attempt to just 3.5--a completely insane average for Rodgers. The moral of the story is that the Broncos defense is really good and the Packers could find themselves facing a similar test against a tough Carolina defense in Week 9.
2015 Week 6 vs SD (16 / 29 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
It was a decent day for Aaron Rodgers but the San Diego Chargers did what they could to confuse and limit Rodgers' options. In reaction to that, Rodgers spread the ball out, targeting nine different receivers (including tight ends and running backs). When the Chargers blanketed Randall Cobb, for example, Rodgers simply went to James Jones or tight end Richard Rodgers. He involved Jeff Janis and tight end Justin Perillo for the first time this season as well. This is what makes Rodgers--and through him, the whole passing offense--so tough to stop. Rodgers didn't do anything terribly different on Sunday, scrambling when under pressure and keeping his eyes downfield when he does so, resulting in catches by guys like Janis, R.Rodgers and Perillo when everything broke down. His shovel pass to James Starks for a touchdown in the first quarter was vintage Rodgers, as he dropped back and sucked the secondary into overcommitting to the deeper pass and leaving the underneath pretty much open for Starks. The touchdown to James Jones (because there is always one) was also classic Rodgers, a back-shoulder throw at the goal line where only Jones is going to catch it. Rodgers is in his usual form and continues to be one of the most reliable and productive quarterbacks in the NFL.
2015 Week 5 vs LA (19 / 30 / 241 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 39 / 0 rush)
The St. Louis Rams tried to take the outside routes away from Rodgers and the Packers offense early in the game, so he adjusted and started going inside. It immediately paid dividends with a 31-yard catch and run to rookie Ty Montgomery. On the play, tight end Richard Rodgers rubbed out a pair of defenders while Montgomery ran a shallow cross. Rodgers immediately hit the wide open Montgomery, who turned upfield immediately. Because Rodgers drew two defenders, there was nobody anywhere near Montgomery and he easily ran the rest of the way for the first score of the day. Overall, Montgomery and R. Rodgers were A. Rodgers 'go to guys' as the quarterback and Randall Cobb were out of sync. Rodgers also had a pair of interceptions--the first of the season and the first at home, ending a streak of 587 passes since his last interception at home. The first interception came off a tipped pass by Rams defender Chris Long, which linebacker James Laurinaitis grabbed before it hit the ground. The second pick was mostly a tremendous play for the Rams by Trumaine Johnson. On the play, James Jones ran a shallow out and Rodgers threw the pass immediately as soon as he finished his cut. Normally those balls are lasers, but this one seemed a little softer than usual. Johnson did an excellent job reading the play and diving in front of an unsuspecting Jones for the pick. Of course, you can only hold down Rodgers for so long and he eventually got loose for another touchdown in the third quarter, a dart to that same Jones for a 65-yard touchdown. On the play, Jones ran a post route and got a step on the defender. Rodgers zipped the ball in to Jones, who caught it on the run and hustled towards the corner of the end zone, diving the last yard for the touchdown.
2015 Week 4 vs SF (22 / 32 / 224 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 33 / 0 rush)
Right from the beginning, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense were attacking. The first play of the game featured Rodgers rolling out after a sharp-looking playaction fake and delivering a perfect pass to Ty Montgomery, who unfortunately dropped it. After that, the plays were shorter in nature as the San Francisco 49ers did a solid job of getting pressure on Rodgers and limiting his reads. The thing is, defenses can only contain Rodgers for so long and he eventually began picking them apart. What continues to be impressive about Rodgers and this offense is how quickly he reads defenses. His decision-making happens so rapidly that he often seems to be throwing the ball immediately after the snap. When the line buys him time, or when the play-call is for a deeper strike, his ability to buy time for a play to develop is unparalleled. It's what he did on his first touchdown throw, a 9-yards bullet to tight end Richard Rodgers. The line bought Rodgers some time, but the 49ers did a nice job covering his potential targets and eventually the protection broke down. Which meant Rodgers had to do his thing and scramble around looking for an open receiver. He saw his tight end breaking across the rear of the end zone with just a couple of steps on the defender and delivered the ball on a rope for the score. Probably the most impressive pass of the day was for very little yardage. On a play in the late second quarter, Rodgers was trapped by the pass rush and was taken to the ground. Yet when he was falling - and with the ball in his left (non-throwing) hand, Rodgers managed to get a pass off to running back Eddie Lacy, who got three yards on the play. Overall, Aaron Rodgers continues to be performing at near-peak efficiency and if he threw 'just' one touchdown on Sunday, he still played very efficiently and without any turnovers or major errors.
2015 Week 3 vs KC (24 / 35 / 333 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Rodgers put on a quarterback clinic Monday Night while throwing for 333 yards and five touchdowns. After failing to score on the opening drive the Packers offense kicked it into high gear. Rodgers led the Packers down the field on the ensuing possession with a six-play, 69-yard drive resulting in a touchdown toss to Ty Montgomery. The Packers next possession was more of the same, this time an eight-play, 89-yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Rodgers would lead two more scoring drives in the first half, a 51-yard drive resulting in a field goal and a 68-yard drive capped off with a 27-yard touchdown strike to James Jones. The Packers did not take their foot off the gas in the second half and Rodgers continued to have his way with the Chiefs secondary. Rodgers hooked up with Cobb for two more scores, a four-yard pass in the third quarter followed by another four-yard strike in the final frame. For the game, Rodgers completed 24 of 35 to seven different receivers while benefitting from excellent protection all night. A masterful performance from one of the league's best.
2015 Week 2 vs SEA (25 / 33 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 23 / 0 rush)
It almost doesn't matter who the Packers have at wide receiver as long as Aaron Rodgers is throwing the ball. As almost always, Rodgers did a solid job of shredding the opposition--in this case a normally potent Seattle Seahawks defense--with pinpoint accurate passing and smart play. Rodgers was able to get the Seahawks to jump offsides more than once with a hard count, and then wisely took his free play and made a great pass for more yards than the penalty. The first time he did it Sunday night came just one minute into the first quarter as Rodgers got the Seattle defensive ends to jump offsides and then calmly waiting for Randall Cobb to break free down the middle of the field for a 22-yard completion. Not only was Rodgers without Jordy Nelson (and with a still-knicked up Randal Cobb), he lost Eddie Lacy early in the game to a high-ankle sprain. Yet the reality is that as long as Rodgers has his arm and pinpoint accuracy, the rest seems to be details. His first touchdown, a 29-yard rocket to James Jones in the first, was a rocket. On the play he had to escape the pressure of the defensive line, slipping out to his left, but keeping his eyes downfield the whole time. The ball was perfectly placed between the defenders and hit Jones right as the receiver crossed the goal line. His second touchdown was similar--he stepped up into the pocket then moved to his left to escape pressure, but this time he threw a shorter pass to tight end Richard Rodgers for the touchdown. The tight end did a good job blocking out the defender with his body so Rodgers had an easy time getting the ball to him.
2015 Week 1 vs CHI (18 / 23 / 189 / 3 / 0 pass, 8 / 35 / 0 rush)
With everyone worried about what would become of an offense without Jordy Nelson, quarterback Aaron Rodgers should have told them to R-E-L-A-X. While the first two pass plays resulted in a sack and an incompletion, things started to click on a 1st and 10 with just over five minutes to go in the first quarter. On that play, Rodgers was under pressure but remained calm and stepped into the pocket as tight end Richard Rodgers broke free across the middle. The quarterback delivered a perfect pass which R. Rodgers hauled in for a first down. Another reason for Packers fans to calm down about Jordy Nelson in this game was the return of prodigal son, James Jones. He and Rodgers seemed to have not lost a step as Rodgers' first target of Jones resulted in a touchdown. As is usually the case with Rodgers, he put the ball high and where his receiver was the one with the best chance to catch the ball. The Bears defender didn't get turned around quickly enough and turned the wrong way which allowed the ball to make it to Jones for the score. Rodgers also showed his usual ability to take advantage of a free play when Chicago was flagged for being offsides and he hit Jones for a 34 yard completion. The pass was perfectly placed past the extended fingers of the Bears defender and hauled by Jones. Overall, Rodgers made few errors, completed 78 percent of his passes and carved up a suspect Bears defense with relative ease.
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