QB Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
|6-2, 220||Born: 12-2-1983||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2005|
2019 Week 1 vs CHI (18 / 30 / 203 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in the Packers 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears in week one. The Packers managed to beat the Bears with their defense, a surprising outcome given their defensive struggles over the last several seasons. While Rodgers statistics do not look dominant in any way, he did a great job of taking what the Bears defense was giving him which allowed the Packers to consistently win the battle of field position. With the Packers trailing 3-0 to start the 2nd quarter, Rodgers took a shot down the field to emerging second year wide receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers took the snap under center, faked the handoff to Aaron Jones and then faked a reverse to Davante Adams before throwing deep to Valdes-Scantling who had a step on his man in the center of the field. The 47 yard completion was the longest play of the day, accounting for nearly 25% of Rodgers total passing yards, while also setting up the Packers for their only touchdown of the game. With the Packers facing a first and eight from the Bears eight yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center with Jimmy Graham and Davante Adams bunched up in the slot on the right side of the formation. Rodgers quickly looked left, then right and then back left again before settling with his weight on his back foot looking as though he was ready to throw the ball away. Instead, Rodgers saw Graham in one on one coverage and gave his tight end a chance to make a play on jump ball. It was an aggressive throw given the Packers relative struggles putting up points, not to mention there were several Bears defenders either even with Graham or behind him in coverage. Luckily the ball was thrown in the right spot and Graham was able to go up and convert the catch for a touchdown, which ended up being the only score the Packers needed to win this game.
2019 Week 2 vs MIN (22 / 34 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rodgers was successful on a downfield shot to Davante Adams off of play action to open the game and stayed hot through the first quarter as the team opened up a 21 point lead. He was passing well to the backs, including an inside screen to Jamaal Williams that resulted in the first score of the game. He had time to throw on third down on the second scoring drive, hitting Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Davante Adams on third down before finishing with a touchdown that Geronimo Allison climbed the ladder to get. The offense was more conservative after the Packers opened up that lead and the Vikings pass defense was much tighter. Rodgers did get a long pass interference to Davante Adams that won't show up in the box score. He played well and should be even better against easier defenses.
2019 Week 3 vs DEN (17 / 29 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 29 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown in the Packers win over the Broncos on Sunday. While the Packers are 3-0 to start the season, the offense has been less than explosive and Rodgers is making just enough plays per game to get the Packers over the hump. Opposing defenses are keying on Davante Adams which is forcing Rodgers to look to his second and third options. Valdes-Scantling has picked up the slack for Adams, and is making plays down the field which have proven to be critical for the Packers wins in the first three weeks. In this game, Rodgers only touchdown pass went to Valdes-Scantling on an offside penalty which gave Rodgers a free play down the field. With the Packers facing a second and six from the Broncos 40 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun. A Broncos defensive lineman jumped the snap and a flag was thrown right as Rodgers was snapping the ball, but he managed to keep his eyes downfield. Rodgers targeted Valdes-Scantling from the left inside-slot position on a deep post to the middle of the field. Rodgers threw a perfect ball out in front of Valdes-Scantling and the receiver made a nice catch for the 40 yard touchdown. Other than this play, Rodgers mainly threw in the short and intermediate sections of the field and moved the Packers down the field methodically, allowing Aaron Jones to punch in two short touchdown runs.
2019 Week 4 vs PHI (34 / 53 / 422 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 46 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 34 of 53 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Rodgers also led the Packers in rushing yards, gaining 46 yards on five carries. It was not the most efficient game given the standards that Rodgers has created for himself, but it was the second most attempts, completions and yards for Rodgers over the last three seasons. Rodgers could have had an even bigger game, but he was robbed of a touchdown when a 58 yard catch and run by Adams was stopped on a diving tackle at the Eagles seven yard line. That extra touchdown would have really made Rodgers fantasy stats look good, but it was nice to see that Rodgers can still put up numbers when the chance at a shootout presents itself. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 19 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and dropped back facing zone coverage by the Eagles. Rodgers looked as though he was going to take off and run, which froze an Eagles defender that was dropping back to the goal line in the middle of the field. As soon as that defender started to move towards him, Rodgers threw a pass on the run to Allison that was perfectly on target. The manipulation of that one defender by Rodgers was artistic, as had he stayed in the pocket, Rodgers would not have had the right angle to throw to Allison, and he would have had a tough time throwing a pass that would have had to go over the shallow defender to Allison, but under the Eagles defenders that were behind his receiver. Rodgers second touchdown pass of the night came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 14 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and after his drop back was faced with a pocket that was collapsing, as well as an Eagles defender that was running unimpeded through the line. Rodgers took off to the right and then immediately threw on the run. He led tight end Jimmy Graham perfectly, as Graham had started on the inside right slot position and then run a shallow out pattern directly to the sideline. When Graham saw his defender taking a terrible angle towards him he broke up-field, which allowed Rodgers to lead him to the end zone for an easy touchdown catch. While neither of these touchdowns looked terribly difficult, Rodgers was able to create the edge that made the plays look easy. Rodgers only interception came on the last offensive play of the game for the Packers. Rodgers threw a slant to the inside right slot receiver (Valdes-Scalding), but the ball bounced off of Valdes-Scalding's hand and was intercepted in the red zone. I question whether the ball should have been thrown to Davante Adams, however we will revisit that later in this column.
2019 Week 5 vs DAL (22 / 34 / 238 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 34 passes for 238 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Packers win over the Cowboys on Sunday. Rodgers also rushed four times for (-1) yards. Without Adams in the lineup, Rodgers was not asked to do too much, especially in the red zone with Jones gashing the Cowboys for four touchdowns. The Packers trotted out Allison, Valdes-Scalding and Jake Kumerow, which obviously contributed to Rodgers lackluster stat total. While all three have proven to be capable secondary options, the trio was unable to beat the Cowboys down the field, and there isn't a promising possession receiver among the three. Rodgers was able to manipulate a handful of 18+ yard completions to Valdes-Scalding, Graham, Allison and Robert Tonyan, and all were Rodgers making pinpoint throws to create those plays as opposed to his wide receivers beating their man convincingly. On an 18 yard completion to Valdes-Scalding, Rodgers dropped back and after getting time to survey his targets, hit his receiver right on the hands along the sideline on an out-route. With the Packers backed up to their own 11 yard line late in the first quarter, Rodgers was able to give Graham time to change his route and head up the sideline by scrambling outside the pocket amidst a heavy Cowboys pass rush. The pass went for 23 yards. On the same drive, with the Packers facing a second and eight from the Dallas 49 yard line, Rodgers dropped back and play action faked to Jones. The Cowboys managed to collapse the pocket which sent Rodgers scrambling up the middle. Rodgers nearly lost his footing, but recovered long enough to throw a sidearm pass up the sideline to Tonyan. The pass was high, but up and out in front of his tight end and Tonyan made a fantastic catch, high-pointing the ball along the sideline for a 23 yard gain. This wasn't a prolific performance from Rodgers, but it says something that he was able to take a group of young pass catchers and make enough plays to set up the offense for four offensive touchdowns.
2019 Week 6 vs DET (24 / 39 / 283 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Rodgers also ran three times for 10 yards. Playing without Davante Adams for the second straight week, Rodgers was forced to spread the ball out, completing passes to nine different receivers, with eight of them catching two or more passes, but none catching more than four. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Lions five yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and motioned for Jamaal Williams to come across the formation from the right inside slot position. Rodgers caught the snap and instantly just dropped the ball in front of him to Williams who was streaking across the formation. Williams got good blocking from his line and receivers, but also stiff-armed one defender before cutting back to the middle of the field and eluding two Lions defenders for a five yard touchdown. While Rodgers will get credited with the touchdown pass, this play was all Williams and his blockers. Rodgers second touchdown pass came with the Lions ahead 22-13, and the Packers offense facing a third and five from the Lions 35 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately looked to his left, as Lazard was given a free release of the line of scrimmage running a go-route up the left sideline. Rodgers pass was absolutely perfect, on a dime, to Lazard in stride right at the goal line. The pass was out in front of Lazard and at a place where only he could catch it. Considering the fact that the Packers needed to score a touchdown and it was third down, Rodgers gets double credit for making a big-time throw in crunch time. Rodgers did throw an interception in the red zone on the drive preceding this one, but it was far from his fault, as his receiver let the ball bounce off his chest and it popped up directly in front of a Lions defender. Rodgers also led the Packers on a 15 play drive that ate up the last 6:16 of the clock, and allowed the Packers to kick a game winning field goal with no time on the clock as it went through the uprights. Rodgers may not be putting up the type of MVP numbers that he has in the past, but this team is 5-1 because he is finding ways to make just enough plays each week for them to win, despite not having a prolific offense.
2019 Week 7 vs OAK (25 / 31 / 429 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 1 rush)
Rodgers didn't complete a pass to a wideout until halfway through the second quarter, but was still making big gains through the air early thanks to his fullback, Jimmy Graham, and a beautiful adjustment by Aaron Jones on his first touchdown pass. His second touchdown was an easy short throw to Jamaal Williams, set up by a pass interference call inside the five on a throw to Jimmy Graham and the third capped a two minute drill to take control of the game after a Derek Carr fumble through the end zone. It was thrown to Jake Kumerow, who tight roped the sideline for the touchdown. Rodgers ran in the fourth touchdown of the game, set up by a long bomb to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Graham scored the fifth, set up by a leaping Allen Lazard catch inside the five, and the sixth touchdown came on an easy long catch and run by Valdes-Scantling. The offense is coming together as Rodgers looks comfortable and locked in, even without Davante Adams.
2019 Week 8 vs KC (23 / 33 / 305 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 29 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 35 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Packers in over the Chiefs on Sunday night. Rodgers also rushed six times for 29 yards, showing off his mobility and rushing prowess when getting outside the pocket. This was one of those games where Rodgers made things look so easy it would not be hard to overlook his production in favor of Jones ridiculous stat line. That would be a mistake though as Rodgers completed a master class in putting his playmakers in the best position to gain yards after the catch, and he made several throws that no quarterback in the NFL, sans Patrick Mahomes, is capable of making. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and three from the Chiefs four yard line. Rodgers motioned Jones across the field from the right hash mark to the inside left slot position. Rodgers then took the snap and dropped the ball to Jones coming back across the formation to the right, which played out like an off-tackle rush would, with Jones following his blockers all the way to the end zone. Rodgers second touchdown pass was a prayer, or a thing of beauty depending on how you look at it, but regardless it was vintage Aaron Rodgers. With the Packers facing a third and one from the Chiefs three yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and got a clean pocket for the first three seconds before the Chiefs were able to penetrate and force him out of the pocket to the right. With Rodgers about to get tackled from behind, he unleashed an Uncle Rico-esque flip pass from his right hip. It was an arching pass that found its way perfectly to the back right portion of the endzone, where Jamaal Williams was running across the field. If there was a bucket right inside the back right portion of the endzone, the ball would have dropped right into it. IT was an incredible play, and one that is easy to say was just a prayer unless you look at how perfectly the ball came down with an arching trajectory, just over the Chiefs secondary, and in stride to Williams. It also came on third down and put the Chiefs up 24-17 deep in the third quarter. It is a play we will be watching for years to come. Rodgers final touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and three from their own 33 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately threw a quick pass to Jones on a wide receiver screen route. The Packers blockers did their job creating an opening running lane for Jones, who then did the rest by weaving his way through the porous Chiefs secondary and outrunning everyone on his way to a 67 yard touchdown that won the game for the Packers.
2019 Week 9 vs LAC (23 / 35 / 161 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 35 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. As good as Rodgers had been in weeks seven and eight, hopes were high that the one time MVP was back in peak form, but the Chargers defense had other plans for Rodgers and the Packers offense. Joey Bosa, specifically, reeked havoc on the Packers offense, beating the Packers offensive line consistently. This led to the Packers offense punting on their first five possessions. Aaron Jones averaged only 3.8 yards per carry, but it was also only on eight carries, and a lot of that was due to the Chargers controlling the tempo of the game. The Packers offense looked slow as a unit, and they never really got into an offensive groove. While Rodgers was at a disadvantage due to the lack of a running game, he was responsible for having a sloppy day as a passer. He overthrew several deep routes, as well as crossing routes over the middle, and even uncharacteristically threw passes that came up well short, something we rarely see out of Rodgers. Rodgers sole passing touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal from the Chargers 10 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was soon forced out of the pocket to his left. Rodgers ran towards the sideline and as he was reaching the line of scrimmage he pump faked once, moving the defense away from Williams, before throwing a pass to a wide open Williams in the end zone. Rodgers then rushed in the following two point conversion.
2019 Week 10 vs CAR (17 / 29 / 233 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 29 passes for 233 yards while also rushing one time for seven yards in the Packers win over the Panthers on Sunday. This was only the second time all season where Rodgers failed to record a touchdown pass, and his 17 completions and 29 attempts were both a season low for the star quarterback. It is not like the Panthers defense had their way with Rodgers though, as the Packers were able to move the ball offensively and put themselves in advantageous situations in the red zone. Whereas three weeks ago it was Rodgers throwing for five touchdowns, this game was all Aaron Jones, as the Packers running back scored three touchdowns in the red zone. The Packers had very solid, sustained drives which forced the Panthers defense to wear down, allowing Jones and Williams to rush for 156 yards on 26 carries. Rodgers long pass of the day came with the Packers facing a third and six from their own 26 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket to step into. Rodgers manipulated the front portion of the Panthers zone coverage by subtlety pump faking to the outside right part of the field. This moved the defenders just enough for Rogers, who then completed his pass to Graham for 48 yards.
2018 Week 1 vs CHI (20 / 30 / 286 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
In a game that will live on in Packers folklore for quite some time, Aaron Rodgers completed 20 of 30 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing once for 15 yards. This game was special because Rodgers was injured in the first half and had to be helped off the field, leading to DeShone Kizer coming in for seven passes, one of which was intercepted. At halftime, the Packers had little to be happy about, they were down 20-0 and Rodgers was injured. Like Superman donning his cape though, Rodgers heroically came back in the game to lead the Packers to a field goal and three touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on a 39 yard strike to Geronimo Allison. Rodgers was given time in the pocket and ignored the pressure mounting around him long enough to throw a deep ball across the field to Allison in the right corner of the end zone. It was a perfect throw and Allison did a good job of getting his feet down and holding onto the ball. Rodgers struck again on the next possession, first by completing a 51 yard pass down the left sideline to Davante Adams, where he had to throw a touch pass to hit Adams in stride. Adams did a great job of shaking off the initial tackle and then gaining another 40 or so yards after the catch. Three plays later, Rodgers and Adams struck again, this time for a touchdown. Rodgers got the ball out to Adams on the left sideline, and Adams turned around with no defender on him, but was met by three Bears defenders who were between him and the end zone. Adams threw a nifty fake to the inside and then cut back to the sideline, while bullying a Bears defender into the end zone for a touchdown. With two minutes and 29 seconds left in the game, and the Packers down six points, Rodgers found Randall Cobb for a 75 yard game-winning touchdown. Rodgers gets some credit for extending the play in the pocket, but the rest was all Cobb. Rodgers hit Cobb in the middle of the field, just past the first down marker. Cobb was able to turn around with no defender on him, as the Bears made a colossal coverage error, as there was no defender within ten yards of Cobb. Cobb was able to score a 75 yard touchdown up the middle of the field, without so much as being touched by a Bears defender until a late dive at the one yard line.
2018 Week 2 vs MIN (30 / 42 / 281 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 30 of 42 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown while also rushing three times for eight yards. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the game came at the start of the second quarter to Davante Adams. With Rodgers operating out of the shotgun, Adams ran a shallow out-route to the left sideline where Rodgers put the pass quickly, giving Adams time to turn and face his defender while cutting back twice back to the inside of the field for the touchdown. It was a standard throw from Rodgers, but Adams deserves some credit for eluding two defenders. Part of Rodgers mystique is that he makes things look so easy, and this game was really no different, although his receivers did a good job of getting open and making things easy on Rodgers. Even Jimmy Graham, who is not as spry as he once was, got great separation on his biggest gain of the day, a 35 yard reception where Rodgers made a routine throw up the right sideline. Rodgers moved the offense well enough to allow Mason Crosby to convert five field goals, but ultimately a tie against the Vikings was a poor outcome for a Packers team that controlled this game until deep in the 4th quarter.
2018 Week 3 vs WAS (27 / 44 / 265 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 44 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing two times for 13 yards in the Packers loss to the Redskins on Sunday. The Packers were down 7-0 before they even tied their shoes on Sunday, as the Redskins Paul Richardson scored on a 42 yard reception with only two minutes off the clock in the 1st quarter. The Redskins scored again (two minutes left in the 1st quarter) and again (two minutes left in the 2nd quarter) to go up 21-10 by the end of the first half. The game script called for Rodgers to throw the ball a lot after getting down 18 points, and the Redskins played very good containment defense, holding the Packers to short gains. With the exception of Geranimo Allison's 64 yard touchdown, the Packers did not have a play of 20+ yards. With two minutes and change left in the 1st half, Rodgers lined up in the shotgun formation. With Allison lined up in the slot-right, Rodgers took the snap and baited the safety with a pump fake to Allison, who was running an up-in-up double move. The pump fake worked beautifully, the safety came up to make the play and Allison ran right by him, catching an easy Rodgers pass for a 64 yard touchdown. Rodgers second touchdown pass came with the Packers on the four yard line. With four wide, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and delivered a quick pass to Adams who was running a flat crossing route that utilized a pick from the inside receiver. Adams did the work of pushing his defender across the goal line for the score. This was a game that got away from Rodgers and the Packers, but you have to give credit to the Redskins defense, who knew exactly how to play the Packers offense to contain them in the 2nd half.
2018 Week 4 vs BUF (22 / 40 / 298 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 40 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rodgers also picked up an additional 31 yards on the ground on five carries. Despite the relatively easy victory, Rodgers and the Packers offense was not as sharp as we've seen them in the past, as this game could have easily been put away by the middle of the third quarter. With Randall Cobb inactive for this game, the Packers #3 receiver position was given to Marquez Valdes-Scalding, a rookie who was taken in this past draft by the Packers. Scalding didn't see many opportunities come his way, catching only one pass for 38 yards, but he was the source of a visibly frustrated Rodgers after what appeared to be Scalding cutting off his route prematurely. Speaking of which, Rodgers was quite upset in the locker room, lamenting the missed chances that the Packers had all day. From Rodgers perspective, he had reason to be frustrated, as he was putting the ball where it needed to be for much of the game, but his receivers were not coming up with tough catches, and they were missing some routine ones as well. Rodgers only touchdown pass came to Jimmy Graham on what was a quick out-route from the three yard line. The throw and the catch were routine, although it is nice to know that Rodgers is going to look Graham's way in the red one, as that is why they went out and signed him this off-season.
2018 Week 5 vs DET (32 / 52 / 442 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 32 of 52 passes for 442 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers loss to the Lions on Sunday. Rodgers also ran three times for 10 yards. Rodgers had to put the Packers on his back, once again, with two of his top three receivers out for the week in Randall Cobb and Geranimo Allison. He hardly to blame for the loss though, as Rodgers responded with a monster day and would have pulled off a big win if not for Mason Crosby's FOUR missed field goals. Rodgers was slinging it all over the field, and when he's in a groove passing, he can put the ball in places that few other quarterbacks can. On first and 10 from his own 12 yard line, Rodgers threw a pass to Jimmy Graham running a seem route from the left slot. Deep in your own territory is not the best time to gamble on a throw, but still, Rodgers threw the ball high and out in front of Graham to give him the opportunity to make a play where his defender could not get to it. If he overthrows Graham or it is a tipped ball, it is an interception most of the time and it gives Detroit the ball deep in Packers territory. The pass was perfect and Graham made a really nice play to come down with the catch for a 24 yard gain. Rodgers first touchdown pass went to Valdes-Scantling, with the Packers on the Lions three yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun, play-action faked to Williams and then rolled to his left before finding Valdes-Scantling for an easy touchdown, as Rodgers sold the fake so well there was no Lions defender even near him. Rodgers second touchdown pass went to Lance Kendricks, with the Packers on the Lions one yard line. Again, Rodgers play-action faked the handoff and had Kendricks wide open for an easy touchdown pass. His final touchdown pass went to Davante Adams with the Packers on the Lions 12 yard line. Adams ran a masterful route, faking to the middle of the field at the apex and then breaking to the sideline. It was a routine play for Rodgers, who threw Adams the ball in a perfect place to allow Adams to score unimpeded.
2018 Week 6 vs SF (25 / 46 / 425 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 34 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 46 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 34 yards. Rodgers got it cracking from the first play of the game, completing a pass to Ty Montgomery for 19 yards and then connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 60 yard strike. Two plays later Rodgers threw a lateral pass in the backfield to Ty Montgomery for a two yard touchdown, but it was later declared a rushing touchdown for Montgomery. Rodgers was slinging it all over the field, completing nine passes of 19+ yards. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers at the nine yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun and his offensive line gave him solid protection, before Rodgers was able to throw a laser to Davante Adams in the back of the end zone on a crossing route. Rodgers has done a great job coaching up his young receivers, and although there have been some bumps along the way, he displayed nice rapport with Valdes-Scantling on a 30 yard pass. Rodgers was chased out of the pocket and rolled out to his right. With Rodgers scrambling, Valdes-Scantling took off down the right sideline and Rodgers threw a line drive behind Valdes-Scantling, and the rookie did an awesome job of concentrating on the ball and coming down with a tough catch with his defender all over him. The story of the night was the Rodgers to Adams connection though, as they hooked up on a 16 yard touchdown with two minutes left in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 30-30. With Rodgers line up in the shotgun at the 16 yard line and Adams lined up out wide on the left side, Adams run a stutter-step go-route. Rodgers makes things look so easy, but the truth is he threw a beautiful ball to Adams where his defender could not make a play on the ball and Adams made the leaping catch to secure the tying touchdown. While Rodgers completion percentage was not great on the night, he was consistently making plays down the field that more than made up for it.
2018 Week 8 vs LAR (18 / 30 / 286 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Rodgers played well in this game, but his own teammate and the Rams constant pressure kept him from winning. He was able to beat a blitz for a long go-ahead score to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the fourth quarter and found Davante Adams deep a few times to account for a big chunk of his passing yardage. Randall Cobb was back to get wide receiver screens and his young outside receivers got free in coverage a few times, but Rodgers had to work hard to keep the offense on the field in this one. His scrambling ability was better than before the bye when he was wearing a knee brace, but more often he wasn't able to escape the relentless pass rush, either sacking him or forcing poor throws on third down. The Rams pass rush is coming on, but Rodgers still would have had a great fantasy day if he had gotten one more drive that Ty Montgomery denied him.
2018 Week 9 vs NE (24 / 43 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 43 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while also rushing four times for eight yards. The Patriots did a good job of containing the Packers receivers in this game by giving Rodgers a lot of underneath throws. The result of this was a lot of long drives for the Packers, but the Patriots were able to limit them to only two touchdowns and a field goal, which is rarely going to be enough to beat Tom Brady. The Packers offense either stalled or turned the ball over four times between the 40 yard lines. Rodgers was his typical steady self in this game, making quite a few "wow" throws, but the difference was the fact that he could not manufacture many big plays. Rodgers averaged only six yards per attempt in this game, but you have to give credit to the Patriots defense for having the right game plan. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on a third and goal from the Patriots two yard line. Rodgers took the snap in the shotgun formation and play-action faked the handoff to Aaron Jones. Rodgers then rolled out to his left, which looked like a designed bootleg before stopping short of the line of scrimmage and throwing back to the middle of the endzone for Adams. It was a short throw, but one that needed to be precise, given the fact that Adams was covered tightly. Rodgers second touchdown pass came on a second and goal from the Patriots 15 yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun with trips right and Graham in the inside slot position. Rodgers took the snap and his offensive line gave him enough time to sit in the pocket and wait for Graham to run a post route to the left side of the endzone. Rodgers threw a nice pass to Graham perfectly in step for the 15 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 10 vs MIA (19 / 28 / 199 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 28 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while also rushing six times for 21 yards. This game was the Aaron Jones show, so Rodgers did not have put the Packers on his back like he normally does. This turned out to be more needed than you think though, as the Miami defense did make some timely plays to slow down the passing game. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on the Packers initial drive to start the game. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Miami seven yard line, Rodgers lined up under center. He took the snap and immediately looked to his right, before turning back to his left and firing a dart to Davante Adams running a slant route. The throw was perfect, and Adams made the easy catch to put the Packers up 7-0. After Jones scored a two yard touchdown to put the Packers ahead 14-0, their next three drives went, loss of downs after a sack on fourth down. Then the Packers punted, and then they had a punt blocked. In the middle of the third quarter, the Green Bay defense got its first red zone takeaway in 25 games, after intercepting Brock Osweiler at the Miami 12 yard line. After Adams got penalized for an illegal crackback block, Rodgers threw his second touchdown pass on a second and 23 from the Miami 25 yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun and took the snap, surveying a Miami defense that was playing very loose zone coverage. Adams managed to find a seem 21 yards down the field and Rodgers hit him with the pass as he was wide open underneath the zone coverage. Adams caught the ball and then cut back before crossing the goal line untouched for his second touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs SEA (21 / 30 / 332 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 30 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing one time for three yards. Rodgers mostly hooked up with Aaron Jones and Davante Adams on the night, with those two combining for 229 of Rodgers 332 yards. Another 54 yards went to backup tight end Robert Tonyan on one play, so as good as his overall numbers look at the end of the day, the Packers offense was not firing on all cylinders against the Seahawks. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers on their own 46 yard line, with Rodgers lined up under center. He took the snap and as he took his drop back, the Seahawks pass rush collapsed around him and managed and several players managed to get a hand on Rodgers. Still, Rodgers was able to swing free and roll out of the pocket to his right. On the dead scramble, Rodgers somehow threw it all the way down to the end zone where Tonyan was running across the field to the right side of the end zone. Tonyan came down with a nice catch with his defender on him for a pretty improbable 54 yard touchdown. Rodgers final touchdown pass came with the Packers driving on the Seahawks 24 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of shotgun with Jones to his right, with Jones running a straight go-route in the middle of the field. Jones blew by the linebacker trying to cover him and Rodgers delivered a strike for an easy 24 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 12 vs MIN (17 / 28 / 198 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 28 passes for 198 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. With this loss, the Packers are no longer in playoff contention, which rarely happens with Rodgers is your quarterback. The Vikings did a great job putting pressure on Rodgers throughout the night, including sacking him four times and forcing Rodgers to get the ball out early on several other attempts. The 198 passing yards was a season low for Rodgers, and only the second time this season that he failed to register at least 250 passing yards. Rodgers has only thrown one interception to 20 touchdowns, but the combination of the Packers defense and young skill position players have made it a tough year in Green Bay. In this game, the Vikings had a strong defensive gameplan that focused on getting pressure to Rodgers and limiting what his receivers could do coming off the line. This worked very well in addition to the Vikings offense dominating the time of possession, and although the Packers were within two scores, the game never really felt that close due to the Vikings have the momentum the entire second half. Rodgers only touchdown pass came with the Packers driving at the Vikings 15 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center with Davante Adams lined up out wide to his left. Rodgers took a quick drop and was looking to Adams the entire way, throwing the pass behind Adams to his back-shoulder at about the five yard line, and Adams did the rest, turning to catch the ball and then running across the goal line.
2018 Week 13 vs ARI (31 / 50 / 233 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of 50 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing three times for 20 yards. This performance was really a microcosm of Rodgers entire season, as he completed only 62% of his passes, and averaged a meager 4.6 yards per attempt. The Cardinals defense has been competitive at times this year, but should not have posed the problems they did for a quarterback of Rodgers stature. Rodgers and the Packers offense could not get anything going early, punting on their first three drives and seven of their first nine possessions. While Rodgers was sacked only once, it would be incorrect to say that the Cardinals pass rush didn't have a big influence on this game. They were constantly in the backfield and forcing Rodgers to step up in the pocket, or get outside the pocket where had to throw to receivers who were covered. It is not a stretch to say a less accurate (and less savvy) quarterback would have thrown several interceptions, but Rodgers was able to throw the ball away on many occasions, while giving his receivers a small, but fighting chance to make tough catches. The problem was his receivers were not making many plays for him, although to be fair, even if you put DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown or Julio Jones on the field, they were not coming down with the type of passes that Rodgers was throwing. Rodgers only touchdown pass on the day came with the Packers at the Cardinals 13 yard line, facing a 4th and four. It was a curious decision given the score was tied 0-0, and the Packers had barely moved the ball up until that point, but it turned out to be a good one for Green Bay. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun formation and immediately looked to his left at Valdes-Scalding who was running a fade route. The Cardinals had him covered well and safety help to boot, so Rodgers ran through his progressions before ultimately directing Adams across from the right side of the field to the left. Rodgers threw a very accurate pass to Adams crossing to the back left side of the end zone, and Adams was able to make a nice catch and get both of his feet just barely down short of the end line.
2018 Week 14 vs ATL (21 / 32 / 196 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 44 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 32 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 44 yards. This has not been Rodgers most prolific year, and this week was another example of that. The Packers have not been running the ball more frequently, they've just been more efficient, thanks to Aaron Jones' breakout season. This has kept Rodgers in less desperate passing situations as he navigates a season where his head coach has been fired and he's played most of the season with two rookie wide receivers as his #2 and #3 pass catchers. Rodgers got off to a great start in this game, completing his first six passes, including a touchdown pass to Davante Adams on the Packers first drive. On that play Rodgers was lined up in the shotgun with the Packers driving on the Falcons seven yard lined. With Adams lined up out wide to the left, Rodgers took the snap and immediately looked left for Adams who ran an out-route that he rounded off at the apex which created enough space for Rodgers to throw a dart into Adams hands at the goal line. Rodgers next touchdown pass came on third and ten from the Falcons 24 yard line, with the Packers up 20-7 and driving to the start the third quarter. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun with Randall Cobb lined up out wide to his left. Rodgers took the snap, dropped back in the pocket, then stepped up in the pocket and fired a line drive to Cobb, who was running a straight go-route. It looked like a designed back shoulder throw initially, but Rodgers put the ball on the money right out in front of Cobb and dead on the run. Cobb secured the catch for a touchdown, which put the game away for the Packers.
2018 Week 15 vs CHI (25 / 42 / 274 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 42 passes for 274 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. Rodgers also rushed three times for 25 yards. This marked the first game of the season that Rodgers failed to throw for a touchdown, which was extremely disappointing considering his 274 yards passing was his highest total in the last four weeks. Rodgers interception, which came on a third and goal--with 3:07 left in the game-- from the Bears nine yard line with the Packers down 24-14, ended his NFL record streak of 402 passes without an interception. The interception happened due to Rodgers throwing a frozen rope to Jimmy Graham in the middle of the end zone, and Graham was unable to corral the catch, which ricocheted off his hands and into the waiting grasp of the Bears Eddie Jackson. This game was a classic case of Rodgers being slightly off the mark, and his receivers--with the exception of Adams--being unable to help him or make plays on their own. When Rodgers is on, he can make his receivers look great, but when he is not, the Packers struggle to move the ball. It did not help Rodgers cause that Jones went down in the first quarter with an injury, taking the explosive ground element out of the Packers play book. Rodgers 42 attempts was his fifth highest total of the season, and his second highest since week nine. Rodgers day could have been a lot bigger day, but he missed for what is to him a routine throw to Marquez Valdes-Scalding deep down the field. If Rodgers was able to just get the ball to Valdes-Scalding it would have one for a 70+ yard touchdown. Jimmy Graham and Randall Cobb both committed some bad drops, with Cobb's being especially brutal, but to his credit Rodgers also overthrew him on a deep ball where Cobb had burnt his man down the field. Rodgers was under intense pressure all day from the Bears defensive line and linebackers, who sacked Rodgers four times on the day, including 2.5 by Khalil Mack. The Bears secondary also did a good job, recording an interception and eight pass deflections.
2018 Week 16 vs NYJ (37 / 55 / 442 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 32 / 2 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed 37 of 55 passes for 442 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing five times for 32 yards and two touchdowns. This was Rodgers best fantasy performance of the season, as he tied his mark for most passing yards in a game, had his first four touchdown game of the year, and scored for the first time as a runner. This was also Rodgers first 300+ yard passing game since week 11, and only his fourth on the season. Rodgers was rusty early on this game, especially on the Packers first drive, as he missed a couple of throws that even Davante Adams could not reel in. Rodgers got back on track with his first touchdown pass to Jake Kumerow, which came with the Packers facing a third and four from the Jets 49 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun, with Kumerow lined up out wide to the right. With a receiver coming in motion to the right side and running an out-route to the right flat, Kumerow was left wide open on a go-route up the right sideline. Rodgers hit him in stride, and Kumerow did a good job of making the catch and beating the final two Jets defenders for a 49 yard touchdown. Rodgers first of two rushing touchdowns came on a first and goal from the Jets one yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and rolled right on a designed bootleg pass. The Jets defenders were slow to close the gap on Rodgers who recognized he had running room and ran it in for the easy touchdown. Rodgers again had his number called with the Packers facing a fourth and goal from the Jets one yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center, jumped over the pile and extended the ball across the goal line just enough for it to be called a touchdown, which put the Packers up 38-35 with 1:14 seconds left in the fourth quarter. After the Jets sent the game into overtime, Rodgers put the game away on the Packers first possession. Facing a first and goal from the Jets 16 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and went through his progressions, as he waited for Adams to clear the second level of the Jets secondary on an elongated post-route. Rodgers made the perfect throw to Adams who had beat his defender easily, and the Packers capped off a wild fourth quarter comeback with the win in overtime.
2018 Week 17 vs DET (3 / 5 / 26 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers completed three of five passes for 26 yards before knocked out of the game with a concussion. Rodgers was unable to return to the field, and his 2018 season ended on a sour note after it looked as though the team had been building some momentum the last couple of weeks.
2017 Week 1 vs SEA (28 / 42 / 311 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 21 / 0 rush)
The Packers offense has started slow the last few years and things looked to be going that way again early in this game., but Aaron Rodgers hung in there and eventually his receivers woke up. Rodgers did see a lot of pressure throughout the game, and was sacked four times, three of them coming in the second quarter. The offensive line did a better job in the second half, though, and between Rodgers' ability with his legs and the improved line play, the passing offense really took off. There were signs it was primed to, as despite the pressure Rodgers managed to pass for 153 yards and, more critically, eight first downs. He was picked off once, but that was balanced out by Rodgers' consistent ability to bark the aggressive Seahawks defensive line offsides and get a free play. Eventually, Rodgers had chipped away enough at the Seattle defense to where they gave up a touchdown to Jordy Nelson. It actually came on one of Rodgers' free plays as well, as he caught the Seahawks with too many men on the field and risked a deep throw down the middle of the field where he got the ball to Nelson for the score. One thing to note about Rodgers' ending stats. While he only ended the day with one pick, he had two nullified by penalties. While they were a credit to the defense the Seahawks plays, it is unusual to see Rodgers dodge that many bullets in a game and a sign that, in some ways, Rodgers and the passing offense seemed just as off as they were early last year.
2017 Week 2 vs ATL (33 / 50 / 343 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Sunday night's loss to the Atlanta Falcons is likely to bring some flashbacks to Packers fans from the early portion of the 2016 season. Then, receiver Jordy Nelson was hurt, and Aaron Rodgers seemed to struggle without him. This time, Nelson left early in the first quarter but the offense looked just as disjointed during the first half as it did last time Nelson was out, at least for the first half. Rodgers was also missing both his left and right tackles, and Randall cobb was banged up for a stretch as well. All that made for a bad first half for the quarterback, as he passed for just 85 yards and threw a pick. The second half started off much the same way, as the Falcons closed in on Rodgers on the Packers' second play of the half and the quarterback tried to throw the ball away, only to have it go backwards, making it a live ball. The Falcons scooped it up and ran it back for a touchdown. Things did improve a little for the Packers after that, but that's in part because the Falcons were playing a softer defense. Rodgers was 23 of 32 for 258 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, but that was merely a result of trying to avoid giving up a big momentum-turning gain and being less aggressive. Rodgers did manage to burn them deep on his 33-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams, where the receiver gained good separation with a sharp stutter step, and Rodgers dropped the ball just ahead of Adams, who dove and reeled it in. The other passing touchdown was a simple shovel pass to Montgomery. Neither score made much of a difference, as the Packers were too far behind to catch up.
2017 Week 3 vs CIN (28 / 42 / 313 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 23 / 0 rush)
The first half was an abysmal game by Rodgers no matter what standards you use, but in the end Rodgers did Rodgers things and salvaged a win.. Rodgers was sacked five times, pressured far more and threw a pick six in the first half, while totaling just 73 yards. The Cincinnati Bengals, who had seemed toothless in the first two games of the year, pinned their ears back and hammered a wounded offensive line. The pick six was perhaps something Rodgers should have spotted as a possibility--as Bengals defensive back Williams Jackson jumped the route but was clearly lurking before that. Normally, that might be the sort of throw Rodgers threw a bit harder or put it where only Jordy Nelson could touch it, but Nelson had to come back a little for it and the ball didn't come out with as much force as we often see. When Williams picked it off, there was nobody between him and the end zone. Things settled down in the second half, as the banged up offensive line did a little better blocking, the Bengals played a more conservative style of defense and Rodgers caught his second wind, bootlegging and getting outside the pocket more effectively. He hit Nelson for two touchdowns, both nearly at the Bengals' goal line. On the first touchdown, Rodgers rolled out to his right, then acted as if he was going to run the ball in. The corner bit and stepped up, leaving Nelson wide open in the end zone. Rodgers hit Nelson again on a short out to tie the game with just 17 seconds left in the game, sending it to overtime. After a quick three and out for Cincinnati, Rodgers dropped back in the pocket and spied Geronimo Allison streaking down the sideline, well ahead of cornerback Adam Jones. Rodgers hit Allison in stride, and then Allison dodged Jones three times as he got to the 7-yard line.
2017 Week 4 vs CHI (18 / 26 / 179 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
While Rodgers didn't pile on the yards on Thursday, he was about as dominant as we've ever seen him through parts of the game. That he did it while missing huge chunks of his offensive line makes it even more impressive. Of course, a bunch of his throws came on the run because of that, but he executed them almost perfectly. Despite some great throws for touchdowns, perhaps his most impressive ended up on the two-yard line. On the play, a 58-yard catch and run with favorite target Jordy Nelson, Rodgers faked the handoff to running back Aaron Jones, then scrambled away from pressure, heading up towards the line of scrimmage before uncorking a 45-yard throw to Nelson. It was a perfect pass, and one which Nelson, after two Bears defenders whiffed on the tackle, took to the 2-yard line. The Bears aren't exactly a defense bringing torrid pressure on the pass rush, and the Packers will face some tougher defenses, but as this game proved again, as long as Rodgers is healthy and mobile, Green Bay is a dangerous offensive team.
2017 Week 5 vs DAL (19 / 29 / 221 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)
Never give Aaron Rodgers the last say in a football game--something the Dallas Cowboys should know by now. They gave Rodgers that in this game though, and it burned them as Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left in the game, taking the Packers to victory. The score capped a 9-play, 75 yard drive which took 1:02 off the board and saw Rodgers buy time--including an 18-yard first down--with his legs. This was a day where Rodgers didn't get the ball as much, because Dallas held the ball for 35:06 compared to Green Bay's 24:54. Still, what chances he got, Rodgers made the most of. On the game winning touchdown, Rodgers kept it simple. He took a three step drop and immediately looked to his left, seeing Davante Adams heading for the end zone. While the defensive coverage wasn't bad, Rodgers still made the throw, aiming for Adams' backside shoulder. Adams jumped up and caught the ball, easily keeping both feet in as he did.
2017 Week 6 vs MIN (2 / 4 / 18 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Midway through the first quarter, Aaron Rodgers was driven to the ground by Minnesota's Anthony Barr during a tackle. He was carted off and later the team said he had broken his collarbone. While it is possible he returns this season, it's unlikely.
2017 Week 15 vs CAR (26 / 45 / 290 / 3 / 3 pass, 6 / 43 / 0 rush)
Any notion Aaron Rodgers was riding in on a white horse to save the Packers season was pretty thoroughly dashed by this game. While he did find the end zone three times, he also found the other team's defense three times. Rodgers looked rusty on more throws than looked good on. All three of his interceptions were flat out bad throws and/or bad decisions. His first came when he was under pressure, and rather than take a sack or throw the ball away he threw off his back foot and it was picked off. His other two picks were under and overthrown respectively, and he missed on a lot of other passes as well. Simply put, his timing isn't all there yet. That's not to say we didn't see any of the old Rodgers, though. His touchdown to Randall Cobb in the second quarter showed off his unreal escapability as he fled the pocket and found a wide-open Cobb for a pass. Cobb did a lot of the heavy lifting after that, but he doesn't get the score if Rodgers takes a sack there.
2016 Week 1 vs JAX (20 / 34 / 199 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 1 rush)
Rodgers seems much more relaxed as the season begins, despite some changes on the offensive line. He was only sacked once and overall the line did a nice job of giving him time to throw the ball. Of course, even when he doesn't have time, there's little you can do to stop him. Probably his best play was the 29-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams to end the first half. The pass itself was impressive--Rodgers put it perfectly where the defensive back wouldn't get it and only Adams could. What was even more impressive was that he did it with rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey pulling on his jersey. And that was just one of his three touchdowns--he hit Jordy Nelson for a 6-yard touchdown as well and scrambled for a rushing touchdown of his own. Rodgers looked good and having all his weapons back and healthy seemed to make a huge difference.
2016 Week 2 vs MIN (20 / 36 / 213 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 29 / 1 rush)
Things were shaky from the beginning for Rodgers, as he completed his first pass to Davante Adams, who promptly coughed the ball up. Luckily, the Vikings themselves fumbled after that and Randall Cobb recovered. It was that sort of day for Rodgers, though, when very little seemed to work out the way it was supposed to. He fumbled the ball three times, finally losing one in the fourth quarter, killing a critical drive. Rodgers would get the ball back shortly thereafter, driving the offense down to the Packers' own 45 yard line before getting picked off to end the game. On that play, it seems like Davante Adams went a bit too deep in his route and while he almost jumped backwards to get the ball, Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes slid underneath for the pick. It wasn't all bad for Rodgers, as he hit Jordy Nelson for a 1-yard touchdown and scrambled his way to a 10-yard score. Overall though, Rodgers seemed skittish and inaccurate, with passes sailing high and wide in a way which is not characteristic of Rodgers usual performance.
2016 Week 3 vs DET (15 / 24 / 205 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
As happens far too often, the Green Bay Packers--and Aaron Rodgers--got off to a hot start and then took their foot off the accelerator, making things much more closer than they needed to be. Rodgers looked spectacular in the first half, throwing all four of his touchdowns during that span. Rodgers' first touchdown was to Davante Adams on a short slant. First, Rodgers barked out a couple of presnap shouts to discover who the Lions were rushing. Once he knew where the pressure was coming from, he snapped the ball and then hit Adams, who bulled his way into the end zone. The second touchdown came on a different sort of vintage Rodgers, as he scrambled away from pressure to buy time for Nelson to get free in the end zone. His third touchdown involved a bootleg and a short screen pass to last year's favorite Hail Mary target, Richard Rodgers, who was open in the flat. The final touchdown--and the second he threw to Nelson--came on a 3rd and 2 from the Lions' 18 yard line with under two minutes in the first half. Nelson was in single coverage and ran a nice corner route, getting separation on the defender. Rodgers threw a pretty pass right into the bucket for Nelson, who caught it easily for a score. The first six Packers drives in the half resulted in a score of some sort, but the second half only had one drive which resulted in a single field goal. Over the last two quarters of the game, Rodgers dropped back ten times, was sacked once, scrambled three times and threw six passes. The rest was a ground attack and the Lions grinding at the defense. Over all, Rodgers looked very good and seems to have gotten back on track, though it's hard to get excited when he does it against a bad secondary like Detroit's.
2016 Week 5 vs NYG (23 / 45 / 259 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 15 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers threw a lot and struggled a lot in an uncharacteristically sloppy performance, especially at home. The Packers seem to refuse to run the ball, even with a lead. Rodgers threw 28 times in the first half, compared to 17 run plays (which included two Rodgers scrambled). That ratio didn't improve when Eddie Lacy left the game with an injury, ending with 45 total passes compared to 32 run plays. That being said, the offensive line gave Rodgers an immense amount of time and he still had too many poor throws. He dropped back 50 times total, but according to Pro Football Focus's game grades, he was only pressured seven times and he averaged 3.28 seconds allowed to throw the ball. PFF says the longer he had to throw, though, the worse the passes were- something which is clear on film as well. Both of Rodgers' touchdowns were peak Rodgers though, with one thrown into the end zone where a diving Jordy Nelson was the only one who could catch it and the other a perfectly thrown ball which dropped right in DaVante Adams' hands. Both of his picks came at the hands of Janoris Jenkins, the cornerback who Rodgers picked on quite a bit throughout the game. The first interception wasn't really Rodgers fault, as it came off the hands of Jordy Nelson, who should have hauled it in as he crossed the field. The second interception was just a bad throw by Rodgers, who was scrambling and really just trying to get rid of the ball. He threw it very low but not low enough to avoid Jenkins as he hopped in from of DaVante Adams and picked it off.
2016 Week 6 vs DAL (31 / 42 / 294 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
It's hard to say exactly what is going on with Aaron Rodgers, but the game against the Dallas Cowboys does make it seem like it's his issue, not his receivers. Rodgers struggled to hook up with them, throwing behind them quite often and generally looking uncomfortable. The entire offense continues to look off, and it's hard not to suspect it's something with Rodgers given the nature of his misses. Pro Football Focus had Rodgers as their lowest rated offensive player on the Packers and even if you take their grades with a grain of salt--and you should--it's clear the quarterback is off his game. Rodgers' touchdown came at the end of a drive long after the game was really out of control, with the Packers trailing 27-9 with seven minutes to go in the game. On the play, Randall Cobb ran a short route out to the flat, where Rodgers delivered the ball to him. Dallas didn't shift over quickly enough, and Cobb easily scored. According to the broadcast, it was the first passing touchdown in the second half of a game this season. Rodgers' interception was bad but the quarterback's lowest point was a terrible fumble at the one yard line in the third quarter. "Only" down 20-6, Rodgers and the offense went with an empty backfield, spreading out the defense with five wide receivers. The linebackers stayed in the middle of the field though, and so when Rodgers immediately dropped the football down and ran, Dallas defenders were everywhere. The Cowboys did a great job stripping the ball and recovering it. Back to his interception, Rodgers did a horrible job both reading the field and delivering the ball. On the play, safety Barry Church was supposed to cover the tight end, but as he told the team website, when the tight end stayed in to block, he was able to freelance. "I drifted to Jordy (Nelson) because I felt like he was going to come back on a comeback, but once I saw (Randall) Cobb coming on the over, I kind of hid low and hoped (Rodgers) wouldn't see me and he didn't." Rodgers should have seen him though, and never looked to his left and so missed Church lying in wait.
2016 Week 7 vs CHI (39 / 56 / 326 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had a much improved game against the Chicago Bears, with a game plan that often got the ball out of the quarterback's hand quickly and spread passes around to nearly all the receivers. Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson continue to be on different pages, but the often as a whole looked much better. Some of that could be a result of facing a poor Chicago defense, but looking at it, the plan seemed to be to have him throw shorter passes. Rodgers didn't have to overthink each play--he just found the guy open and let it rip. He did cough up a fumble early in the third quarter which the Bears returned for a touchdown, but that appeared to be the result of some very good coverage by Chicago as much as anything Rodgers did. He also threw for three touchdowns in the second half, two to Davante Adams featuring some awful coverage by the Bears on the second one. On that play, the Packers were spread out with an empty backfield. Adams was on the far left and ran a post slant into the end zone while receiver Ty Montgomery ran a short out to the goal line. Both Bears defenders stayed on Montgomery while Adams ran towards the post and was wide open for the score. On the whole this offense looked much better than it had in weeks and Rodgers played the best game we have seen all year.
2016 Week 8 vs ATL (28 / 38 / 246 / 4 / 0 pass, 6 / 60 / 0 rush)
Rodgers came into the game missing his entire backfield, Randall Cobb and his "slash" Ty Montgomery. Clearly that didn't hold him back and in the first half he torched the Atlanta Falcons, completing 17 of 21 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He slowed way down in the second half, though, throwing for only 70 yards and one touchdown as the Falcons defense adjusted. He did complete 11 of 17 passes, though, and remained very accurate throughout the game, until the very last pass, which fell very short and incomplete. Rodgers also seemed to find Jordy Nelson for the first time in weeks including on a 58 yard pass Rodgers dropped on a dime on his second throw of the game. On the touchdown a few plays later, Nelson ran a shallow crossing route and no linebackers picked him up, so he was wide open for Rodgers' pass. However, like the rest of the passing offense, that connection seemed to stall out in the second half, and Nelson was only targeted twice in the third and fourth quarter. That was when the Packers tried to run more - 11 times in the second half compared to 8 on the first. The Packers also seemed to get into a playcalling rut, relying heavily on screen passes to Davante Adams which, after a while, the Falcons had no problem sniffing out and shutting down. The Falcons also did a really good job of covering Rodgers' receivers after the first half, and he had a difficult time finding the open targets he had in the first two quarters.
2016 Week 9 vs IND (26 / 43 / 297 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / 43 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had his usual solid day, extending plays with his legs, and connecting with his receivers when they got open. There are still some overthrows and missed opportunities, but considering the injuries to the receivers--this week it was Randall Cobb who had a special guest appearance--and a complete inability for them to gain separation, he played well. Rodgers threw three touchdowns and all three were vintage Rodgers. The first one came with just one second left in the first quarter, when Rodgers used a hard count to draw the Colts offsides. With a free play, Rodgers spotted Jordy Nelson running downfield and heading for the end zone. Rodgers threw a somewhat risky pass given the defender who was right there, but Nelson wrested the ball away for the touchdown. The second touchdown was a laser pass to Davante Adams on a slant route in the end zone. On the last passing touchdown, Rodgers had excellent protection and took his time scanning the field. He saw Randall Cobb crossing the back of the end zone and threw a perfectly placed pass where only his receiver would get it while trailing two defenders. Rodgers interception was perhaps the result of a little too much confidence as either Rodgers didn't see the safety deep when he threw at Adams on a post pattern, or he thought he could thread the needle and beat the safety with a pass. He did not, and the result was a pick.
2016 Week 10 vs TEN (31 / 51 / 371 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 1 rush)
Green Bay fell well behind in the first quarter and essentially the rest of the game was garbage time. As much as the defense suffered a total collapse, the offense exploded on the launching pad as well. Rodgers' first pass was behind Randall Cobb and incomplete. On the next pass, Cobb fell down on his route. After a completed pass for a first to Jordy Nelson, Rodgers tried to hit Nelson again but threw a poor pass which fell incomplete. Rodgers was then sacked and fumbled the ball, which one of his lineman recovered. On their second offensive series, Rodgers overthrew Nelson, and then was sacked. Rodgers was constantly under pressure and it seemed very likely that it was rattling him at least a little. Once the Titans were well ahead, they didn't bring pressure as much and Rodgers had more luck getting to his receivers. His interception, which came in the fourth quarter and was especially brutal, happened when he tried to go deep for a hail mary and overthrew his receivers. He missed running back James Starks wide open short, but he was looking to make the first down and had to make up 19 yards. Overall, this was a shaky game for Rodgers and his offense despite numbers that might make it appear everything worked.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (26 / 41 / 351 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 33 / 0 rush)
There are times when Rodgers continues to look like a future Hall of Famer, and times when he looks like he can't make up his mind whether to throw the ball or take a nap. Despite his statistical production over the last few games, Rodgers doesn't look right. He too often misses players who are wide open, opting to throw the ball into tighter windows than he needs to and seems to have lost trust in many of his more consistent targets like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. There were numerous times where Nelson was open Sunday night, yet Rodgers looked elsewhere. The result is an offense which is disjointed, and inconsistent. On the plus side, even half an Aaron Rodgers is better than 99 percent of the players at the position, and he succeeds when other quarterbacks might fall apart. He's also carrying the weight of a defense which has allowed 40 plus points in back to back games.
2016 Week 12 vs PHI (30 / 39 / 313 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 26 / 0 rush)
Maybe Rodgers should have grown out the beard a bit sooner. His performance on Monday night was one of the best of the season, completing 76.9 percent of his passes, and getting a quarterback rating of 116.7, the highest since the team lost to the Falcons in Week 8. Rodgers was poised and appeared to have more trust in his receivers than he has had in weeks, and he dissected the Eagles defense throughout the game. His touchdowns were both thrown to Davante Adams, who has emerged as a reliable threat for Rodgers during the latter half of the season. The first was a perfect strike on a slant onto the end zone, which Rodgers hit Adams in stride for. The second was a combination of tremendous accuracy and a little luck. On the play, Adams ran down the sideline into the end zone, and was well covered by the defender. Rodgers' throw should have been blocked at least by cornerback Nolan Carroll, but the ball slipped through and Adams made a great catch, showing focus as the ball went past the defender. When things bounce right for you, though, they bounce right all the time and this definitely was a break in the Packers favor. It was that kind of night for Rodgers, one where it seemed as if he could do no wrong.
2016 Week 13 vs HOU (20 / 30 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
The Packers had really good field position early on, but couldn't take advantage. On the 2-yard line, Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball on the exchange, moving too quickly and not securing the ball. Luckily the Houston Texans were equally inept and never capitalized. While Rodgers wasn't fantastic, he avoided any other big mistakes whether he was under pressure or not. He didn't look as nimble as he normally does when escaping the pocket, but it might have been the slippery conditions, which also hampered the passing game at points. The Texans' much vaunted defense was mostly a no-show, and they only blitzed him about five times, which allowed Rodgers plenty of time to find targets even if those were often short-range. Rodgers most frequently hooked up with Jordy Nelson, but he scored with Randall Cobb as well. Nelson was especially adept at finding open space to get to so Rodgers had as easy a throw as possible and that was the case on Nelson's touchdown. The score came on a deep pass early in the fourth quarter with the two teams tied at 7. On the play, a 2nd and 10 on the Houston 32-yard line. Rodgers had five whole seconds to throw the ball, and in that time the defender covering Nelson fell, leaving him wide open. Cobb's touchdown happened in the second quarter, on a 2nd and 6 at the 9-yard line. Rodgers escaped pressure, gingerly moving across the snowy turf and always looking in the end zone for the big play. Cobb was crossing towards the same side of the end zone, and had a step on the defender.
2016 Week 14 vs SEA (18 / 23 / 246 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -6 / 0 rush)
The most striking thing to notice when watching Rodgers recently is his lack of mobility, or rather, his limited mobility. Dealing with a hamstring injury already, he now has to cope with a calf injury. While his line has done a solid job protecting him and Rodgers still manages to move out of the pocket, his increasing number of mobility-reducing is a concern. It's rare to see him finish a game with no yards, forget -6 as he had on Sunday. The injury is also a large portion of the reason he was out of the game with most of the fourth quarter left. There was no point in further aggravating the injuries he had and risking other ones. While the mobility is limited, his passing is just fine. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes on Sunday, two to Jordy Nelson and one to Davante Adams. On the play to Adams, Rodgers hobbled out of pressure and heaved a deep pass down the sideline. Adams had a few steps on cornerback Jeremy Lane, who then fell, allowing Adams to carry the ball all the way to the end zone. Both of Nelson's touchdowns were short and on both Rodgers had plenty of time to find his receiver. On the first Nelson came across the field on a simple crossing route, and Rodgers hit him just short of the end zone. Nelson easily turned it upfield and into the end zone. On the second touchdown pass, Rodgers got great protection but his receivers were all covered. Still, he was able to wait and when Nelson broke just a little free, Rodgers delivered a crisp pass in front of the defender for a touchdown.
2016 Week 15 vs CHI (19 / 31 / 252 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
It wasn't one of Rodgers' better games, but it wasn't an awful one either and it would have been much better if Davante Adams hadn't reverted to pre-2016 form by dropping two touchdowns. While Rodgers was efficient and sharp for most of the game, he did what he often does late in a game--he found a way to make a huge play. This time it was a 60-yard bomb dropped perfectly into the waiting arms of Jordy Nelson with 20 seconds left in the game, with the score tied. The play was deceptively simple. The offensive line gave Rodgers plenty of time and Nelson did a nice job gaining a step on the defender. Rodgers then threw a frozen ball the better part of 60 yards, right into Nelson's hands without having the receiver break stride. See? Simple. Rodgers was still clearly hampered by his leg injuries, but looked a little more mobile later in the game. As it stands there are no reported setbacks, it looks as though Rodgers will be ready to go for the last two games.
2016 Week 16 vs MIN (28 / 38 / 347 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 13 / 1 rush)
Rodgers did well enough to earn a break in the latter half of the fourth quarter. The Packers quarterback continued his red-hot play and immediately had the once-feared Vikings defense on its heels as he completed 14 of his first 16 passes and tore it apart. Rodgers had thrown a pair of touchdowns by the end of the first quarter and three more--two passes and one run off of a scramble--by the end of the half. Rodgers was sacked four times, but the offensive line largely kept him protected. Even when pressured, Rodgers was efficient and accurate, extending plays with his legs (and not really suffering much obvious pain due to his numerous leg issues) when needed and standing in to deliver a pass even when hit. All told Rodgers was on point, completing 78 percent of his passes, never turning over the ball and creating plenty of the plays we always expect from him. All four of his passes were perfectly placed and he seems completely in sync with his receivers. Of course, Rodgers is most impressive when he is using his feet to create plays, and his 6-yard score just before the whistle at the end of the first half was as good an example of that as any. On the play, the Vikings pass rush got into the backfield quickly, but Rodgers was able to elude a defender and run out to his left. At first he kept his eyes in the end zone, looking for someone to throw to, but he quickly saw that his best bet was to run the ball in himself. He tucked the ball, gained the first down marker and then made a defender miss before diving into the end zone. The game was never in doubt and by the middle of the fourth quarter, Rodgers was on the bench preparing for next week's game against the Detroit Lions.
2016 Week 17 vs DET (27 / 39 / 300 / 4 / 0 pass, 10 / 42 / 0 rush)
If there as concern Rodgers' leg was still bothering him, 42 yards on the ground should allay those. Rodgers didn't look limited at all, and that also goes for his passing mechanics. The Lions tried to take away Jordy Nelson, who Rodgers had been leaning on very hard, so he found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for touchdowns, as well as fullback Aaron Ripkowski. Rodgers has been on fire the last half of the season, throwing just two interceptions since Week 10, compared to 20 touchdowns. He has also thrown for four touchdowns in back to back games now and completed 69.2 percent of his passes against the Lions, which is just a bit higher than his 65.7 season percentage. Rodgers spread the ball around to eight receivers as well. Most of his touchdown throws weren't anything too difficult, save for the 10-yard score to Allison in the fourth quarter. On the play the Lions were able to hold coverage--a rarity on the day--and Rodgers had to scramble for some time before he saw Allison near the back of the end zone. Rodgers threw a pass which Allison had to dive for. According to the broadcast, it took Rodgers just under 9 seconds to throw the ball, during which his scrambling and some good sustained blocking bought him the time. Rodgers also threw a bullet on his touchdown pass to Davante Adams, and did so off his back foot.
2016 Week 18 vs NYG (25 / 40 / 362 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had a rough first half--especially when Jordy Nelson got hurt--but the defense kept the game close until their quarterback got his feet under him and then he was spectacular. The Giants never had a consistent pass rush, and the Packers offensive line--with some help from Rodgers' legs--kept him free of their grasp most of the game. During the first half of the game, Rodgers couldn't find open receivers, and was forced to hold the ball too long and the result was should have been a quiet first half--11 of 22, 155 yards (73 of which came on just three plays)--but for the two touchdowns. Those two scores in the last 2:33 seconds of the first half seemed to break the back of the Giants defense, but really the cracks started showing up a couple of plays before Adams' touchdown when Rodgers hit him for a 31-yard play--a longer play than the total passing yards the Packers had accrued so far (29). On the play, Adams lined up wide right, and looked like he was going to get double covered with safety Leon Hall coming over the top. Right before the play, Hall drifted towards the middle of the field instead, and Rodgers recognized Adams was now in single coverage by rookie Eli Apple. Adams easily beat Apple, and Rodgers dropped a perfect pass for his receiver for a huge momentum shifting gain. Moments later, Rodgers threw a 5-yard bullet to Adams. On the play, Rodgers was stuck again and unable to find a receiver. However, the Giants pass rush couldn't get to him and he had nearly ten seconds to find an open receiver. Even then, Adams was only somewhat open, and Rodgers had to throw a perfect pass to the outside of Adams, who made a great catch. The Giants got the ball back but, as was the case all day, couldn't move the ball and had to punt it back to Green Bay. Starting on his own 20 yard line, Rodgers moved the ball 38 yards and found himself too far for Mason Crosby to kick a field goal. With just six seconds left, Rodgers heaved the ball 42 yards into the end zone and, as the Packers have done so often over the last few years, Randall Cobb caught the ball at the back of the end zone. There was a little contact (and a push off) by Cobb, but officials rarely call those on Hail Mary's. When the teams returned to the field, Rodgers and his receivers looked much more comfortable. The Giants defense continued to get worn down as their offense struggled, and the Packers took advantage of it every chance they got.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs SEA (23 / 33 / 189 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Packers offense and Aaron Rodgers never really got their rhythm going. The team decided to put receiver Jarrett Boykin on the side of the field where corner Richard Sherman stays and then never throw that direction. That left maybe three-quarters of the field left and seemed to make life much easier for the rest of the defense to disrupt the Packers gameplan. That really just exacerbated Rodgers' timing issues, the worst moment of which was an interception by cornerback Byron Maxwell in the third quarter. On the play, Jordy Nelson ran a 10-yard slant route from the left side of the field (away from Sherman of course). Nelson had great separation on the route and was wide open, but Rodgers threw the ball off-target. It deflected off Nelson's outstretched hands and into the arms of Maxwell. That was just one of multiple bad passes Rodgers threw. There was one throw in the third quarter that Rodgers threw on the run, across his body and the field and into double coverage which wasn't intercepted only because Jordy Nelson made a good play on the ball. Rodgers also had to contend with offensive line injuries as Bryan Bulaga went down with an MCL tear (Bulaga will be gone for 2-4 weeks) and was replaced by Derek Sherrod. In his first game action in a long time (he has been hurt most of the three years he's been in the NFL), Sherrod was taken to the woodshed multiple times by Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, both of whom got a sack (Bennett's resulted in a safety). Rodgers himself said the poor play was on him though, not the line, as reported by ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Overall, Rodgers was shaky in his regular season debut.
2014 Week 2 vs NYJ (25 / 42 / 346 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
The day got off to a bad start for Aaron Rodgers with a botched snap exchange which gave the New York Jets the ball. Rodgers has a rookie at center (Corey Linsley) and while the rookie continues to do a credible job, this was just a bad moment between the two and then defensive end Sheldon Richardson was quick to get on the ball. The Jets have a great front line and early on they were more than a match for the Packers offensive line, especially guys like Linley and replacement right tackle Derrek Sherrod. It definitely messed with Rodgers' rhythm and there were a few early passes which could have been picked off because of it. The Jets kept the pressure up though and it took until the middle of the second quarter before the offense and Rodgers came alive. Rodgers had a big run around the seven minute mark as the protection broke down. He cut for the sideline, did a tremendous job cutting around two defenders and gaining the first down before getting out of bounds. The drive stalled at the five yard line, as Rodgers couldn't connect on first down, then threw the ball to a receiver who wasn't looking at it for the second down and then the team had to settle for a field goal. At the end of the half, Rodgers finally got on the same page with his receivers, leading a 97 yard touchdown drive and burning 1:44 off the clock. The drive started after the Packers intercepted Geno Smith in their own end. Rodgers hit two quick passes and then had to scramble for a first down. With the help of a penalty and a long catch and run by Cobb, and then rookie Davante Adams, the Packers found themselves on the six yard line. Rodgers then connected with Randall Cobb (the first of two scores) over the middle and in traffic. Cobb fakes going out and confuses the coverage when he steps inside where Rodgers hits him for six. The Packers and Rodgers came out in the second half and began to have a lot more success, as the receivers began creating separation from the overmatched Jets secondary. The offensive line began doing a better job of blocking and giving Rodgers time to throw as well. Cobb scored again on a short-yardage pass in the third quarter but the back-breaker for the Jets was when Rodgers and Jordy Nelson hooked up on an 80-yard touchdown near the end of the third quarter. On the play, Nelson got behind cornerback Dee Milliner and rookie safety Calvin Pryor was too slow coming over to help. Nelson had a chunk of field between him and either defender, caught the ball in stride, made Pryor miss and ran for a touchdown. While it took some time to get his act together, Rodgers ended up with a very solid game.
2014 Week 3 vs DET (16 / 27 / 162 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Over the last few weeks we've seen a struggling offense in Green Bay, and that includes Aaron Rodgers. We wrote off Week 1 as it was the Seahawks, in Seattle--a tough out for anyone. Then we overlooked the game against the New York Jets, in part because the team won, though really on the strength of a fantastic third quarter. Perhaps though, there is more going on and we need to re-examine those games as this offense looked really off against the Detroit Lions. The offensive line has been an issue, as has a struggling run game--both were factors on Sunday. While Rodgers was only sacked twice (and "hit" three times) the Lions still had good pressure and it hurt Rodgers, who clearly wanted to go long but didn't have time. His timing with many of his receivers also seemed a bit off, as with a short pass behind rookie Davante Adams in the first quarter. That was all Adams it seemed, as Rodgers believed he would turn and catch the ball right off the line, but Adams kept going. The two would later hook up on the same play, but Rodgers would again throw behind Adams, and this time it was on the quarterback. Rodgers was also plagued by a few drops by his receivers on what should have been easy (albeit short) passes. When he was in sync with his receivers, good things happened, such as when he hooked up with tight end Andrew Quarless for a touchdown. On the play, Quarless ran a short post and did a great job of getting his body between the defender and his quarterback. Rodgers' throw came in hot and Quarless hauled it in for the score--the loan one on the day for the offense. While Rodgers walked away from the game without turning the ball over, he very easily could have been picked off several times. One play, in the second quarter Rodgers threw a pass to Jordy Nelson along the sideline but didn't see strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus lurking underneath. The safety leaped up and tipped the ball, which was almost intercepted by cornerback Darius Slay as well. With tough coverage on Nelson, and no run game, the offense was never able to stretch the field or fully get going. The overall gameplan seemed oddly conservative until the third quarter - the first half was 15 called run plays compared to 14 passes. That shifted to 11 drop-backs compared to four runs in the next two series, which the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein pointed out ended in punts. By the time the Packers started shifting back to their pass-happy offense, it was too late. Three games in, the offense and Rodgers don't look like they are firing on all cylinders though hopefully they can get going in a critical matchup against the Chicago Bears.
2014 Week 4 vs CHI (22 / 28 / 302 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Sunday saw an offensive rhythm in this offense which it has lacked for large stretches of their games played so far. Rodgers was the reason for that in many ways as he looked much more focused and on point than he has appeared early in any game this year. In the first two drives, both of which resulted in Packers touchdowns, Rodgers consistently hit his receivers in stride and on time. He was helped by a Chicago Bears defense which blew coverage calls at least twice, but otherwise it was vintage Rodgers. His first touchdown pass was, of course, to Jordy Nelson on a fade route into the end zone. On the play, Chicago left rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller one-on-one with Jordy Nelson. Fuller has been on fire during this young season, but he tried to jam Nelson at the line and the receiver would have none of it. Nelson was able to get separation very easily and Rodgers put the ball in perfect position for his guy to make a play. He threw a similar pass a short time later as Randall Cobb was able to get separation on cornerback Isaiah Frey. It was another perfectly placed ball, thrown where only his receiver could get it. Part of Rodgers' ability to relax and get in sync was definitely a Bers defense which looked oddly outmatched given the first three games of the season. Former Bears defensive back and Bleacher Report analysts Matt Bowen pointed out that we may now be seeing the impact of losing Charles Tillman and that better quarterbacks will have an edge against sub-packages, especially the nickel position. Even though he has been a bit off at times this year, Rodgers is absolutely one of the best in the game today and he was simply able to pick the Bears secondary apart.
2014 Week 5 vs MIN (12 / 17 / 156 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
This game quickly got out of hand and so Aaron Rodgers was done by the fourth quarter and the team was running the ball more than passing and exposing their Pro Bowl quarterback to an injury. While the first several passes were a bit off target, in part because of the wet weather, Rodgers settled down and hit Randall Cobb for a touchdown on the third pass of the game. On the play, Cobb ran deep into the end zone and then cut across the back of it, trailing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Rodgers threw a perfect pass out of Munnerlyn's reach but right into Cobb's hands for an 8-yard touchdown. Two passes later, he connected with Jordy Nelson for a 66-yard touchdown. On the play, Nelson threw a double-move at the defenders, selling the safety on an outside route, but going inside where he was wide open for Rodgers to deliver the ball for an easy touchdown. In the second quarter, he then hit rookie Davante Adams on a short slant for another touchdown, Adams' first of his career. Overall, Rodgers had plenty of protection and his receivers had very little difficulty getting open, which made for a pretty easy day.
2014 Week 6 vs MIA (24 / 42 / 264 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 34 / 0 rush)
The 27 points scored by the Packers offense against Miami are a testament to the greatness of Aaron Rodgers because the Dolphins front seven dominated the Packers offensive line the entire afternoon, stifling the run game and making life miserable for Rodgers. On the rare occasions when Rodgers had time in the pocket, it was like shooting fish in a barrel as he calmly dissected the Dolphins secondary with accurate strikes to Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. On most pass plays Rodgers had very little time though. Without Rodgers nimble feet and quick release, the Packers offense would have been extremely ineffective. Rodgers easily marched the Packers down the field for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The key play was a 3rd-and-8 designed keeper in which Rodgers took the ball straight up the middle and dove for the first down. Rodgers finished the drive off with an easy 9-yard TD strike to Nelson after fooling the Dolphins D on play-action. The play that best exemplified Rodgers' outstanding afternoon was his short TD toss to Randall Cobb on 3rd and goal from the five late in the 3rd quarter. Pressure forced Rodgers to step up and then scramble to his right. With two defenders closing in on him, Rodgers juked and then danced towards the right sideline. Just before defenders could sack him, Rodgers threw back across his body to find Cobb breaking open late in the end zone. Rodgers ended the day by orchestrating a 60-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes to win the game. The first key play on the drive was a 4th-and-10 completion to Jordy Nelson down the right sideline that Rodgers put right on the money. The next came with time running down and the Packers just inside the red zone. Rodgers faked the spike and zipped it out to Davante Adams who took advantage of the defensive confusion to pick up twelve yards down to the Dolphins three. With :06 seconds left, Rodgers hit TE Andrew Quarless on a perfectly placed back shoulder throw in the right corner of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
2014 Week 7 vs CAR (19 / 22 / 255 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
The Green Bay Packers offense trashed the Carolina Panthers defense, which meant Rodgers spent the fourth quarter on the bench. The day started on somewhat of a down note as he was sacked on the first play of the game. He was intercepted a few minutes later, but it was wiped out by a penalty. The ball was thrown down the middle of the field but overshot Jordy Nelson, the intended receiver. It's quite likely that Rodgers knew he'd pulled a defender offsides and, as he will often do, took a free shot down the field. Rodgers first of three touchdowns was on a simple deep fade route where Jordy Nelson easily got behind the secondary. Rodgers delivered a perfect pass and, after making another defender miss, Nelson easily scored. Rodgers' second touchdown pass was a short one to Randall Cobb. Rodgers spotted the Panthers lining everyone up at the line of scrimmage with no safety in the end zone. The Panthers ended up dropping their linebackers into coverage, but the receivers still had man-coverage. Rodgers rolled to his right, spotted Cobb open just short of the goal line and delivered a quick pass which Cobb caught as he was backing into the end zone. Rodgers' final touchdown was to rookie Davante Adams. On the play, which took place in the middle of the third quarter, Adams was inexplicably open on what looked to be a "post" route. Rodgers saw it and immediately delivered the ball, which Adams caught with plenty of space to get into the end zone.
2014 Week 8 vs NO (28 / 39 / 418 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 21 / 1 rush)
For quarterback Aaron Rodgers, it was a tail of two halves. In the first half, he was (for the most part) his usual, dynamic and accurate self. He was able to move outside the pocket to extend a play, then deliver a quick strike to his receiver. The Saints didn't have much luck bringing pressure early on, and the secondary couldn't contain all the weapons running routes. The highlight of Rodgers night really came quite early--on the opening drive in fact, when he connected with Randall Cobb on a 70-yard touchdown. On a 3rd and 10 play with just over 13 minutes in the first quarter, the Saints brought just four men on a pass rush, dropping their linebackers in coverage, as Green Bay had four receivers out wide, with a single man to the left and "trips" (or three men) right. Cobb came out of the slot. Cornerback Keenan Lewis was alone on Cobb, who ran an out and up along the sideline, which turned Lewis around. Rodgers' ability to scramble bought him the time he needed for Cobb to get open enough to make the catch and run the last 35 yards for the touchdown. It didn't last though. First, Rodgers pulled his hamstring in the third quarter as he was running out of bounds after gaining the first down. You could see him grab his hamstring at the end of the run, then massage it several times walking back to the huddle, in the huddle and under center. It certainly limited his mobility and as the Saints were finally getting some pressure, it made it impossible for him to extend plays. Secondly, he threw the first of two picks in the game, though you can argue that neither was totally his fault. The first one happened not long after the hamstring incident, and took place in the red zone. On the play, tight end Andrew Quarless ran a short slant into the end zone. Rodgers hit him with a quick pass, but Quarless couldn't hold onto the ball and it ricocheted into the air and into the hands of linebacker David Hawthorne. The second interception came on a deflection off the hands of rookie Davante Adams, also on a slant during the early moments of the fourth quarter. On the play, Adams ran a short in and had nobody covering him really--the corner was five yards behind him, towards the sideline. He was wide open and the route was supposed to be a quick one across the middle but he paused. Rodgers was throwing a pass on a timing route, so he's throwing to where Adams is supposed to be. Adams wasn't there, but got a hand on it anyway, which sent the ball into the air and then into the hands of a Saints defender. Things went downhill quickly after that as the Saints scored two touchdowns to add to their already considerable lead. Rodgers left the game later in the fourth quarter, replaced by Matt Flynn. With their bye week arriving, Rodgers will have plenty of time to heal and is expected to miss no time.
2014 Week 10 vs CHI (18 / 27 / 315 / 6 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
What many quarterbacks would call a fantastic game, Aaron Rodgers managed in one half. By the end of the second quarter, Rodgers had thrown for all 315 of his yards and all six of his touchdowns. After three incomplete passes in the third quarter, the Packers wisely removed him from the game so he wouldn't get hurt. When he was in the game, he was surgical, picking apart the Bears secondary from all over the field, with two of his touchdowns from long range--one a 73 yard score and the other from 40 yards, both to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers did benefit from great play by his offensive line, which didn't allow one sack and rarely let the defensive line pressure Rodgers. That afforded Rodgers time to wait for his receivers to get open, as Nelson did on his 73-yard touchdown. On the play, Rodgers had plenty of time and Nelson slipped past the cornerback, who seemed to think he had safety help over the top. The result was blown coverage and a wide open Nelson, who made an easy catch and then outmaneuvered the safety as he ran the last 30 yards for the touchdown. The copious amount of time also gave him enough space to hit Nelson again on the 40-yard touchdown, as he had time to scramble to his right and Nelson again broke free while the safety failed to recognize the play and react. Rodgers also had receivers who could turn short passes into long gains, as running back Eddie Lacy did in the second quarter. The pass from Rodgers was just a short dump pass to Lacy, but the running back turned upfield. He had excellent blocking in front of him, allowing him to gain a ton of yards before having to cut back across the field and then into the end zone. This was a great day for Rodgers, who maximized the advantage his offensive line was offering him.
2014 Week 11 vs PHI (22 / 36 / 341 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 32 / 0 rush)
As has been the case for both of the last two weeks, Aaron Rodgers was surgical early in the game. The Eagles defense was unable to cover his receivers, get pressure on Rodgers or generally slow the offense down very often. Only when the field got shorter in the red zone did they stop the bombardment and then really only on the first drive. Rodgers threw for three or more touchdowns for the seventh time this year, the first of which looked rather pedestrian by his standards--a slant to Davante Adams which the rookie muscled across the goal line. His touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson was more like what we've come to expect, with Rodgers dropping the ball in perfect placement for Nelson as the receiver crossed the goal line. You really can't throw the ball better than that. His third touchdown, while a nice dump pass, was really about running back Eddie Lacy willing himself across the goal line to cap a 30 yard run after the catch. That's not to take anything away from Rodgers though, who looked as sharp when he was pulled for Matt Flynn late in the fourth quarter.
2014 Week 12 vs MIN (19 / 29 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)
Early on the Minnesota Vikings did a solid job of covering the wide receivers, though their defensive front was not as effective getting to Rodgers, who consistently used his legs to buy time when they did so he could find a receiver or get rid of the ball. Rodgers' first big play was to Randall Cobb, who was running a post route. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn had pretty good coverage on the play--Cobb had maybe a step or two on him--and Rodgers delivered a laser-accurate throw into a tight space, which Cobb hauled in for a 29-yard gain. The thing which always stands out about Rodgers is how much he trusts his receivers (or perhaps more accurately, relies on them) to make tough catches. Rodgers will not hesitate to throw a risky pass into traffic because he knows that Cobb or Jordy Nelson will make the catch 99 percent of the time. Sometimes it makes for harrowing viewing but it works for the Packers. Rodgers also consistently throws the ball where only his players can make a play on the ball, such as one incomplete pass down the sideline to Jordy Nelson in the second quarter. On the play, Nelson gained separation on his coverage and Rodgers threw the ball a little high and along the sideline where the Vikings player couldn't reach the ball. The throw was a little off and Nelson couldn't keep his feet in, but it was almost a brilliant catch--something that is commonplace between Rodgers and Nelson. Rodgers will also put the ball into the hands of his receivers and let them make a play, as he did with Andrew Quarless on a play late in the second quarter. As the offense was able to do many times on Sunday, the receiver heading on a deep route cleared out the intermediate area, where Quarless ran an out route. Rodgers delivered the ball, and Quarless did the rest, making one defender miss with a move, then dragging two more to the one yard line. Rodgers was able to take advantage of many similar defensive lapses as well--when Rodgers sees a defense messing up, he is very quick to burn them because of it. He did that again on the touchdown throw to Richard Rodgers in the second quarter. On the play, Rodgers scrambled to his right while Richard Rodgers headed out into the flat along the left side of the offense, then drifted into the end zone. Rodgers saw his tight end wide open and, under pressure threw the ball from the right side of the field to the back-left corner of the end zone where the tight end made an easy catch.
2014 Week 13 vs NE (24 / 38 / 368 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
This weekend presented a rare event--Aaron Rodgers played a full game. The last few games have seen Rodgers yanked early in order to make sure he didn't get hurt during a blowout win. This past Sunday, the New England was in it until the very end, so Rodgers was as well. It was a challenging day for Rodgers as he had to face down a great cornerback combination in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Both corners did a good job of staying on top of Rodgers' normal favorite targets, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Rodgers nearly had a pass picked off early when he threw into the end zone and rookie Davante Adams couldn't hang onto the ball. It ricocheted off Adams and was almost picked off by Revis but the corner couldn't hang on to it either. With the few passes he was able to get through to Cobb or Nelson, Rodgers seemed to be trying to play it too safe, throwing the ball a little higher or further than he normally would. With Cobb/Nelson blanketed, Rodgers turned his attention elsewhere, mostly to Adams. The two largely were on the same page, and Rodgers in particular seemed happy to treat Adams as he normally did the other two. What that means is, he threw passes that were just as difficult to catch as he would have if he was throwing to Nelson or Cobb. There was one perfectly thrown ball on a lob into the end zone, which Adams couldn't keep his feet in for. Nelson would have managed it and down the road perhaps Adams will too, but right now he can't. That said, he made very fine catches and helped Rodgers compile plenty of yards despite not having his best weapons. Despite this, his first touchdown pass of the day was actually to tight end Richard Rodgers. On the play, Aaron Rodgers started to throw and either faked the pass or pulled it down at the last minute because he saw something he disliked. He nearly fell over, but recovered, then moved to his left and saw Richard Rodgers on a go route with a step on his defender. Rodgers threw a high arching pass which fell perfectly into the tight end's hands as he crossed the goal line for a touchdown. At some point, Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy shifted the offense as well, working on getting the receivers matched up with linebackers and away from the corners, which allowed them to make more catches and move the chains more easily. However, it was going back to the well which paid dividends with a second touchdown for Rodgers. On the play, a 45-yard catch-and-run by Jordy Nelson, cornerback Darrelle Revis played tight near the line of scrimmage. Nelson got inside Revis and shielded him from the ball with his body, giving Rodgers a good target as he ran his slant route. For some reason when Nelson caught it, Revis had fallen a little behind, so when the receiver had the ball, the cornerback had to try and catch up. Revis was blocked by Cobb, giving Nelson plenty of room to run. Safety Devin McCourty almost made a nice tackle, but Nelson was able to hit the pylon as he fell and the play was ruled a touchdown. Overall, Rodgers did a nice job adjusting to the coverage and finding ways to put his receivers in a position to succeed while avoiding any major mistakes.
2014 Week 14 vs ATL (24 / 36 / 327 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
It seems unfair to feel like Aaron Rodgers throwing for three touchdowns and 327 yards is a bit underwhelming, but that's what happens when you do things like it every week. While Rodgers still throws the odd duck now and again, he more than makes up for those during the course of every game. Once again on Monday night, Rodgers showed his athleticism as he evaded defenders to stretch a play and buy his receivers time to get open. That's how he and receiver Jordy Nelson hooked up for the first of their two touchdowns on Monday night. On the play, a 3rd and goal attempt with just 30 seconds left in the half, Rodgers was forced out of the pocket. He scrambled to his right, keeping his eyes in the end zone looking for someone to get open. Nelson slipped past a defender and slid along the back line of the end zone, where Rodgers saw him and easily threw a pass for a touchdown. On the second pass that Rodgers and Nelson hooked up on for a touchdown, the receiver split two defenders on his route and Rodgers had a wide open target to throw to. Overall, Rodgers continued to look as if he is at the top of his game, a dangerous weapon both with his legs and his arm.
2014 Week 15 vs BUF (17 / 42 / 185 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
If you've watched Future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers for any length of time, you'll know immediately that this was the worst game he's played since his rookie season--maybe even including that. Rodgers always seems to come out of the gate a little slow, taking a little while to sync up with his receivers. On Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a rare thing happened--they never did sync up. Rodgers's receivers were plagued by drops all day long, including one by Jordy Nelson which would have been a huge, game-changing touchdown--the second time he dropped a score on the day. Nelson in particular had issues holding onto the ball, partly because of coverage but not completely. Rodgers continued to stretch plays with his legs and find receivers but they weren't making their usual catches. Coverage was a big issue for Rodgers and his receivers, as Buffalo did a very good job of keeping all of Rodgers' weapons in check but again, when he was able to deliver the ball to his guys there were far too many drops. That's not to absolve Rodgers of some abysmally bad throws. He was nearly picked off on a pass he threw too slow and too far ahead of Nelson in the second quarter when cornerback Stephon Gilmore read the screen play immediately and jumped the route. Only a nice defensive play by Nelson saved a pick-six. Rodgers wasn't so lucky on either of his two interceptions, though they didn't get taken back for touchdowns. On the first, he saw Randall Cobb on a deep crossing route, but missed safety Bacarri Rambo over the middle. He delivered the ball and Rambo stepped in front of the pass for an easy pick. On the very next play was the huge drop by Nelson with a wide open field in front of him. On the second interception, the ball bounced off Davante Adams' hands, ricocheted into the air and came down in the hands of Rambo for his second interception of the game. The final nail in the coffin was when, with two minutes remaining in the game, Rodgers was stripped of the ball on a sack and running back Eddie Lacy picked it up but, due to the rule that only the fumbling player can advance the ball and advance it inside of two minutes, it was ruled a safety. Given how shaky a game Rodgers was having, you have to wonder at the decision to have him throw the ball 42 times when it clearly wasn't working.
2014 Week 16 vs TB (31 / 40 / 318 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rodgers played solid football Sunday, making smart throws and stretching the field with his feet as he always does. It says something about his production that Sunday's work seemed like nothing special. He was especially on point delivering the ball to his dynamic duo, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, although his one touchdown was pretty basic compared to some of the acrobatics his receives go through. On the play, he hit Nelson in the corner for a short one-yard touchdown. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just didn't have an answer for this offense and got only one sack and a handful of pressures. Unfortunately for Rodgers, that sack led to the only blight on his day, a fumble which initially was not ruled a fumble. Tampa challenged it, and it was overturned. The turnover didn't lead to anything but a punt, so there was no harm done. In general, this was just Rodgers being Rodgers and he looks like he is peaking just as the playoffs are approaching.
2014 Week 17 vs DET (17 / 22 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 1 rush)
One thing you can always say about Aaron Rodgers is that he is a very tough competitor, something which was driven home again Sunday with a gutty performance while injured. Rodgers was hurt on a 4-yard pass to Randall Cobb while the quarterback was under pressure and scrambling. While he had been suffering from a calf injury already, this injury was in a different spot according to Rodgers after the game and it drove him from the game. However, as the Detroit Lions closed the gap in the third quarter, Rodgers tossed his heating pad and limped out onto the field. The rest of the game head coach Mike McCarthy leaned on the ground game, running 20 times (15 with Eddie Lacy, 5 for James Starks, Randall Cobb and John Kuhn) compared to the 13 pass attempts, clearly looking to limit his quarterback's exposure to further injury. Rodgers was still very accurate despite the injury, hitting 17-of-22 on the day. He hooked up with Cobb again post-injury as well, hitting the receiver on a short slant as Cobb split the defense. To cap his day, Rodgers dove into the end zone on a 1-yard score to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, 28-14.
2014 Week 19 vs DAL (24 / 35 / 316 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
We wondered how Rodgers would cope with a gimpy calf and it turns out the answer was: pretty well. He wasn't mobile, and that impacted his game quite a bit, though interestingly on two of his three touchdowns he still scrambled a little bit. On the first score, the pocket collapsed and Rodgers stepped through the mess and just out of the reach of a defender, escaping long enough to find tight end Andrew Quarless in the back of the end zone. On the second touchdown--a pass down the middle to rookie Davante Adams which the first-year pro took to the house with some razzle-dazzle moves--was thrown from the pocket. But the third saw the pocket collapse and Rodgers run out to his left, plant his feet and throw a perfect strike to Richard Rodgers, splitting two defenders. Rodgers was definitely off his game, hampered by his calf, but even a little mobility was enough to buy him the time to make some great throws. If he can feel a little bit better against Seattle, he might avoid that one sack Dallas got on Sunday.
2014 Week 20 vs SEA (19 / 34 / 178 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
With a calf that was clearly still an issue, and a gameplan which became super-conservative in the second half, the Green Bay Packers collapsed on both sides of the ball in the second half against Seattle. At one point, Rodgers hobbled for a first down and it was the longest run he's had in two weeks. He otherwise didn't leave the pocket, and barely scrambled to get out of the way when the pocket collapsed. Rodgers also seemed to have a lot of issues getting in sync with his receivers, his throws often just a bit underthrown or off target. His first interception was a good example of this. On a 3rd and 10 in the first quarter, receiver Davante Adams ran on a deep route and had a couple of steps on cornerback Richard Sherman. However, Rodgers delivery was a little late, a little short and Adams had to slow down and leap for it. Sherman was able to get it instead for the pick. Normally, that's a throw Rodgers is long and outside, to protect the ball from the defender, but this time he wasn't and the result was an interception. On a 3rd and goal a short time later, he had a wide open field outside of Jordy Nelson but threw the ball too far away and Nelson could only bat at the ball with one hand. Things like that plagued Rodgers all day and throws he would normally make, he didn't. He did connect with Randall Cobb at the end of the first quarter when he threw for his one touchdown of the game. On the play, coverage seemed to break down as Cobb crossed the middle of the field. The safety picked him up but when tight end Richard Rodgers crossed going the other way, the defender picked him up instead. Cobb was wide open in between several defenders who were all otherwise occupied. The second half saw the playcalling go ultra-conservative. The Packers often dink and dunk, but on Sunday the forgot the stretch the field as well. This, despite the fact that Sherman was visibly injured and holding his arm between plays. They never really tested him though and the game was played and called as if it were in the waning second of a blowout instead of a match with two quarters left. Rodgers never got a chance to change that in overtime.
2013 Week 1 vs SF (21 / 37 / 333 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
For the most part, Aaron Rodgers looked as good as he ever has. The one blemish on his game was an interception late in the first half when he had tight end Jermichael Finley bump-set a ball to San Francisco rookie safety Eric Reid. It wasn't really Rodgers' fault and aside from that, he played very well. The fascinating part of Rodgers' game was how he and the coaching staff tried to counteract the combination of a shaky offensive line and an intense pass rush. First, there were a lot of quick pass plays,short slants, quick outs and screens. That's something the Packers did a lot of last season and it served them well, so it tracks they will continue to do it. The second thing was that Rodgers seemed to do a lot of rollouts and bootlegs. Now, in and of itself this isn't a shock as one strength of Rodgers' game is his scrambling. However, these seemed to be designed bootlegs rather than freelanced ones necessitated by a breakdown on the offensive line. It worked too, as the Packers were able to limit the Niners to just two sacks and four quarterback hits (19th in the NFL after one week). All in all, Rodgers looked sharp and the team did a good job of protecting him and allowing him time to hit his receivers. That will make for a very dangerous Packers offense.
2013 Week 2 vs WAS (34 / 42 / 480 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
This was about as perfect a game as Aaron Rodgers has ever had, setting a career high for yards and spreading the ball out effectively between all four of his big weapons--Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jermichael Finley. The game began with the Packers clearly still concerned about the offensive line's effectiveness after the San Francisco 49ers had harassed Rodgers in Week 1. Of the 17 passing plays in the first quarter (three of which were sacks and one which was a throw-away), 11 were short throws where Rodgers got the ball into the hands of his receivers and let them do the rest. When you have human highlight reels like Cobb, that's easy to do. Despite this, the offensive line let Rodgers down early those three times. Often, Rodgers takes criticism for holding the ball too long, resulting in a sack. Those three sacks were the result of a porous offensive line though. Still, the quick passes worked, and Cobb in particular was able to take them for long gains. The second quarter saw Rodgers throw a little longer, finding his receivers beating the coverage as Washington's defense was splitting their focus, watching for the short slants which killed them the first quarter as well as the receivers going deeper. The results were passes like the 57 yard catch-and-run by James Jones at 9:31 in the second. On the play, the defense rushed just four players, dropping three linebackers into coverage. One of them had to pick up the slot receiver, which caused a safety to come up as well. This left the deep safety to support both the corners, who were on complete opposite sides of the field. Rookie corner David Amerson appears to think the safety is coming over to help and consequently is more worried about what's in front of him and not James Jones, who is immediately open. Normally, the defense might have left the two remaining linebackers cover the short middle of the field, but getting burned so much in the first quarter clearly made them gun-shy. Washington frequently rushed just four down linemen, which often gave Rodgers plenty of time to find a downfield option and when they blitzed, Rodgers killed them on a short slant. Of course, Rodgers' accuracy is a large part of why there were so many problems for the defense. He can kill you on a normal pass and then burn you on a superhuman pass like the one he threw for a touchdown to Nelson in the third quarter. On the play, the defense brings five on the pass rush and drops two linebackers into coverage. The left corner gets overloaded by Nelson and tight end Ryan Taylor, who runs a short out while Nelson goes long. The corner opts to step up and cover Taylor, hoping the deep safety can get over and take Nelson. The safety, rookie Bacarri Rambo, gets over in time, but seems to hesitate. Meanwhile Rodgers throws to Nelson's back shoulder, where only the receiver can get the ball. It's an insanely tough catch but a very good throw and Nelson comes down with his second touchdown of the day and Rodgers' last.
2013 Week 3 vs CIN (26 / 43 / 244 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
In a mistake filled day for both quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions but was ultimately killed by a mistake on the part of his receiver. Rodgers' accuracy seemed erratic all day. Yes, he found his main targets - Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb - quite frequently but he also seemed to just be a little high, a little wide or a little slow on his delivery. The Cincinnati Bengals did a good job getting past Rodgers' offensive line and pressuring him all day, while also staying on top of the receivers. Last week when Washington was pressuring Rodgers, Green Bay switched to a short passing game which found the seams in the defense and the gaps between the linebackers and safeties. This forced Washington to back off and just rush four, which in turn gave Rodgers a lot more time for his receivers to get open against a poor secondary. None of this worked against the Bengals. Cincinnati's linebackers are much better than Washington's and did a great job hampering the Packers receivers on their short routes and tackling them as soon as the ball got there. Cincinnati also didn't back off sending a full complement of pass rushers which was critical. On the downs where they just sent four, Rodgers often ended up with plenty of time to throw. When they were able to add even one extra rusher, the Bengals often forced Rodgers to speed everything up, which clearly degraded his accuracy. Ironically, Rodgers' first interception came on a play where he faced just four pass rushers and seemed to have plenty of time to throw the ball. On the play, James Jones ran on a slant, with cornerback Terence Newman in coverage. With Newman right on top of him, Jones appeared to turn outside, leaving Newman on the inside. Rodgers either didn't expect him to change the route or didn't see him do it, clearly expecting Jones to continue inside. The resulting interception looked like it was thrown to Newman. The same can be said of his second interception. The target on the pass was Cobb this time, but the throw basically went to cornerback Leon Hall. On the play, Cobb ran down the sideline, with Hall in perfect position to make a play. Now, that rarely stops Rodgers from trying to make a play which he normally does either by leading the receiver and hoping the guy can run underneath it or by throwing for the receivers back shoulder, which makes for a difficult catch but a near impossible stop for the defender. In this case, Rodgers didn't lead his receiver nearly enough and the ball went right to Hall. It was the first time in 41 games that Rodgers had a two interception game and drives home the point that Rodgers was just off far more than he was on during Sunday's game.
2013 Week 5 vs DET (20 / 30 / 274 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 8 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers had a solid if unspectacular--at least by his standards--day against the Detroit Lions' underwhelming secondary. He wasn't required to throw the ball a ton--the Packers ran the ball nearly as much as they threw it--and when he did the majority of the time he was on target at precise. When he did miss, it seemed as though he was throwing a bit too high--even on one early pass towards a pretty wide open Jordy Nelson, he was just a bit too high and long on the throw, though in his defense he was scrambling away from Ndamukong Suh. Rodgers did a good job of hitting his receivers quickly before the defense could react and as always, extended quite a few plays with his feet. On one play in the fourth quarter, Rodgers saw his protection break down while his receivers were well covered. He stepped up through the pressure and then cut outside. Rodgers then turned upfield, reached the first down marker and then wisely slid. If there was a blemish on the game for Rodgers, it's that he only threw one touchdown, a huge bomb to James Jones. On the play, Jones got tremendous separation on Chris Houston and Rodgers hit Jones in perfect stride. Jones easily ran the rest of the way for a touchdown. The two hooked up for a second touchdown which was called back because Jones stepped out of bounds. It was a perfect pass though, in tight coverage and in the only place it could go to be completed. Rodgers makes those throws so routinely that we just expect them and he did it throughout the game against the Lions.
2013 Week 6 vs BAL (17 / 32 / 315 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)
Rodgers struggled for most of the first three quarters, in part because he was just off, but also because he lost two key receivers--James Jones and Randall Cobb--to injury during that time. Rodgers also felt a lot of pressure during the game, though his line did a good job keeping him clean and limiting QB hits and sacks to three each. The Baltimore Ravens did a fantastic job of covering the receivers as well, even before Cobb went out (Jones went out so early, it's hard to say what effect he might have had) which limited Rodgers' ability to get the ball downfield as much as he wanted. He did have a beautiful pair of passes to Jordy Nelson, one for a touchdown. On the scoring play, Rodgers saw Nelson break free of the coverage by cornerback Lardarius Webb and threw a long pass, hitting his receiver in stride. Nelson easily scored on the play as Webb just couldn't catch up and no safety had come across the top to contain Nelson. Rodgers turned the ball over twice, one on a fumble and one on an intercepted pass to Nelson. On that ball, Rodgers underthrew his receiver quite a bit and the ball hung in the air too long. That allowed Baltimore's Justin Smith to outmaneuver Nelson and make the catch. Overall, it wasn't Rodgers' best game, especially early, but once he got going late, he was able to move the chains and get the team in a position to win.
2013 Week 7 vs CLE (25 / 36 / 260 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Right away you might have been worried that Aaron Rodgers would miss James Jones and Randall Cobb because on his very first pass, Rodgers threw a pass to the back shoulder of Jarrett Boykin which the receiver couldn't reel in. It's the sort of throw Cobb, Jones and Jordy Nelson make with regularity. He would late start to create the same chemistry he normally has with Boykin, but not before shifting his aim towards tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley started off the game strong, including a powerful run after the catch for a touchdown on the first drive. The play was just a quick out by Finley and Rodgers delivered a perfect ball. After that it was all Finley as he steamrolled and spun his way to a touchdown. Rodgers then started going back to Boykin on short passes, clearly working on getting used to the new receiver and perhaps build his confidence up. Rodgers tends to be a bit off target early and Boykin made some nice catches as the first quarter went on. Overall, Rodgers and the Green Bay passing offense mostly went on short passes and it helped the team get into a smooth rhythm with Rodgers completing five passes in a row at one point late in the first half. They did occasionally stretch the field on a longer throw, such as an overthrown ball to running back Jonathan Franklin with just under two minutes to go in the first half. Rodgers would later complete a 39 yard completion to Boykin in the fourth quarter. On the play, the defender gave Boykin too much cushion,. Rodgers saw it and delivered a nice pass to Boykin, who turned it upfield and gained more yards. Overall, Rodgers played a solid game, especially considering he was without two key pieces and lost Jermicheal Finely early in the fourth quarter. The announcers noted at one point that Rodgers said to them that he had to work hard to avoid pressing to make up for the fact that he was missing weapons. Interestingly, the quarterbacks in similar situations like Eli Manning have been pressing and turning over the ball--something Rodgers has not done often this season.
2013 Week 8 vs MIN (24 / 29 / 285 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 31 / 0 rush)
To say Aaron Rodgers was determined Sunday night is an understatement. "I wasn't going to let this team beat us," Rodgers told Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin, "We all have our roles but I wanted to make sure that my role was one I executed really well." Rodgers did just that, ending up with a quarterback rating of 130.6, completing 24 of his 29 pass attempts and throwing surgical passes to his receivers, placing the ball where only they were going to get it. Rodgers came into the game with a chip on his shoulder and nothing is more dangerous than Rodgers with a chip on his shoulder. Did he have some poor throws? Absolutely, especially early in the game when he was warming up. With new, young receivers like Myles White and Jarrett Boykin suddenly thrust into key positions because of injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones, that shouldn't be a surprise. However, despite that Rodgers missed only rarely. Once he got warmed up, he was hard to stop and combined with Jordy Nelson, nearly impossible. Nelson and Rodgers have quietly become one of the most productive QB-WR tandems in the NFL and their psychic chemistry was on full display Sunday night, most notably on their two touchdowns. The first, an 11 yard touchdown, was one which required a completely perfect throw by Rodgers. On the play, Nelson ran a fade route towards the back right portion of the end zone. He was very well covered by Minnesota cornerback Josh Robinson--in fact it was just about perfect. If anything, he might not have turned his head quickly enough but we're talking milliseconds. Rodgers delivered the ball--sailing right by Robinson's left ear. Nelson and Robinson were hand-fighting the whole way, but the Packers wide receiver was still ready to catch the pinpoint accurate pass. The second touchdown was also ridiculously accurate. On this score, which was a 76-yard catch and run by Nelson, Rodgers took advantage of a defensive shift by Minnesota which left Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway scrambling to get to Nelson. The Vikings brought cornerback Marcus Sherels on a corner blitz, which forced safety Mistral Raymond to shift over and cover the wide receiver on that side. This left Greenway reading and reacting to what Rodgers was doing and picking Nelson up when he crossed into the linebacker's zone. Greenway got there, but just a second too late and Rodgers delivered another earhole burning pass to Nelson. The timing on the pass is incredible--the ball zips past Greenway's head and hits Nelson in stride in such a way as to not slow him down even for a moment. Greenway is going to the wrong way so the moment Nelson makes the catch, the linebacker has no chance and before the Vikings know it, the Packers wide receiver is streaking towards the end zone. Despite missing three key weapons (tight end Jermichael Finley is also out), Rodgers doesn't miss a beat. With a quarterback like him, it is clear that any wide receiver can be productive and a guy like Nelson can be considered among the best in the NFL.
2013 Week 9 vs CHI (1 / 2 / 27 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Cheeseheads across the country didn't enjoy seeing Aaron Rodgers jogging to the locker room Monday night any more than they enjoyed seeing him on the sidelines in street clothes. Rob Demovsky of ESPN has reported Tuesday that Rodgers has a broken collarbone and, according to a source "it's going to be a little while" before he returns. A lot of people had speculated that the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions was a likely return date but Demovsky's source wasn't sure that was the case. Regardless, Rodgers is out for the foreseeable future.
2013 Week 17 vs CHI (25 / 39 / 318 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
While the start of the game was pretty rocky for Aaron Rodgers , especially with two early interceptions. Luckily they were not insurmountable mistake, though they were indicative of a somewhat shaky day for Rodgers. He definitely hadn't been under center for some time. Rodgers' accuracy was all over the place even before his first pick--an ill-conceived throw into the end zone meant for receiver Jarrett Boykin but picked off by safety Chris Conte. Rodgers was scrambling and should have thrown the ball away, but either didn't see Conte dragging along with him or thought he could slip the ball past him. He couldn't and Conte killed the drive with the pick. Rodgers appeared to be settling down again as the second quarter began, but then threw a bit behind and high to Jordy Nelson. The ball went off Nelson's hands and was caught by Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings. While Rodgers was a bit off on his ball placement, it's the sort of pass Nelson routinely hauls in. It appeared as if Nelson was caught a bit by surprise, like the ball got there before he expected it, resulting in a late reaction, and the tip. Then came the most bizarre play you will ever see. Late in the second quarter, Rodgers was hit from behind and fumbled the ball forwards. It looked a lot like a deflected pass but the whistle never blew. The ball landed near Jarrett Boykin who, like every other player on both teams, ignored it. That is, until Rodgers and the whole Packers sideline yelled for him to pick it up and run into the end zone, which he did. The play was never whistled dead and was ruled a fumble, recovered for a touchdown. The second half was a much different story though, as the old Rodgers started to make more regular appearances, starting with a 7-yard touchdown strike to Randall Cobb. On the play, Rodgers did a great job looking off the coverage, but Cobb also ran a fantastic route, completely fooling cornerback Isiah Frey. When Cobb stepped as if he was cutting to the outside, Frey completely bit and so when Cobb reversed direction, Frey was lost. On top of that, you can see Rodgers staring at the outside route as well, as if he expects Cobb to head there, then adjusting his throw at the last minute and catching the whole defense off guard. After that, Rodgers began making the throws we are accustomed to seeing--sharper throws, better timing and the occasional "how the heck did he fit that there?" tosses, such as 22-yard throw to Andrew Quarless in the fourth which looked like it went through Conte. He lapsed back into some timing problems with his receivers on the final drive though, as he threw short to Andrew Quarless and behind Nelson. However, the Packers have depended on Rodgers' arm in big situations and this was no different. On a 4th and eight play, the Bears brought a pass rush of seven men, but couldn't nail down Rodgers, who scrambled away to his left. For some reason, the Bears secondary sat down at the first down marker, while Randall Cobb continued to run downfield. By the time cornerback Zack Bowman realizes Cobb is streaking down the field wide open, Rodgers has the ball in the air. While Cobb has to slow down to catch it, he's so far ahead that Bowman barely gets to Cobb as he crosses the goal line for the game-winning touchdown. Rodgers may have been shaky for most of the game, but this is why the Packers wanted him back--neither Matt Flynn nor Scott Tolzien make that throw.
2013 Week 18 vs SF (17 / 26 / 177 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers didn't drop back to throw a pass during the first Packers offensive series and only did so on the second play of the second series--only to be sacked. In fact, between two sacks, multiple run plays and several errant passes, Rodgers didn't complete a pass until just over three minutes into the second quarter. After that though, Rodgers threw another seven straight completions as he marched the Packers down the field. The drive ended on a 5-yard pass to Jordy Nelson. On the play, Rodgers scrambled to his right, while Nelson ran a pivot route, duping the coverage into thinking he was going in, then pushing off a bit as he cut outside. Rodgers was later picked off on a 'free play' when the Niners were called for holding. While the play was, of course, overruled, Rodgers' pass was very short and a poor throw. Throughout most of the day, Rodgers was throwing short, but accurate, passes. On the few longer passes he attempted, his accuracy was a bit more scattered. He threw a bullet to Nelson for a big first down but then underthrew a deep ball to James Jones in the third quarter. On the play, Rodgers waited just a moment too long and missed the section of Jones' route which had the receiver wide open. He then underthrew the ball just a bit, though Jones was able to get his hands on the ball and should have caught the ball. Still, as much as Jones should have caught the ball, it was not one of Rodgers' better pass. The problem with missing on those deep passes was that Rodgers was rarely able to get a chance to throw them. He was constantly under pressure (sacked four times and hit six) and extended many a play with his legs when he was flushed out of the pocket. That limited many of his choices to the shorter routes and dump routes. Overall he had an OK day, but it was certainly a game where he left a few critical plays on the table.
2012 Week 1 vs SF (30 / 44 / 303 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packer offense was clearly frustrated on Sunday by the 49er defense. The first Packer drive was a perfect microcosm of what would take place for the duration of game in week one as San Francisco was going to force Rodgers to work solely underneath and blitz the 2011 MVP when he got into 3rd and long. Starting at their own 29 and running a no huddle, Rodgers found Jennings on a quick out for ten yards, but that would be the longest play of the drive. Rodgers was sacked twice on the drive, both plays where the offense was looking to stretch the field and were only saved by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Aldon Smith. The Packers' 2nd drive looked eerily similar to their first, as Rodgers was again forced to work underneath, completing passes 4, 11, 6 and 5 yards, but ultimately stalling at midfield. Rodgers took his first shot down the field to James Jones, but the coverage from Tarell Brown was solid and the pass fell harmlessly incomplete. The Packers' 3rd drive saw a fairly dramatic change in game plan as Benson and the running game was completely shut down. Randall Cobb lined up in the backfield and on three consecutive plays Rodgers hit him trying the get the playmaker out in space. First a toss to the flat, followed by a swing pass and finally an arrow route for Cobb, who collected 14 yards in the process but more importantly forced the 49er defense to adjust the shift. Rodgers finally connected with Jones down the right sideline, but the play was nullified by an offensive pass interference call. Rodgers best throw of the day would come on their 3rd drive. Faced with a 3rd and 12 at the San Fran 40, Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley for 16 yards in a tight window. Rodgers would again find Cobb, his 4th catch of the drive for another 1st down before a defensive pass interference call in the end zone would give the Packers a 1st and goal from the one. The very next play Rodgers found Finley on a quick slant for his first TD pass of the game. The Cobb adjustment had lasting effects however, as his presence in coming out of the backfield later opened up the middle of the field for Jones on his 10-yard TD catch on the Packers 10th drive. That same drive also saw the Packers' longest play of the game; a 49-yard toss to Jones after Rodgers' scrambling allowed the WR to finally create some separation in the defensive backfield. Rodgers lone interception was a costly one. Having just cut the lead to eight and feeling the swing in momentum after a Cobb punt return for TD, Rodgers got caught trying to fit a quick strike to Greg Jennings up the seam, but the throw lacked the appropriate air beneath it and Novorro Bowman made the relative easy INT. Altogether, it was a frustrating day for Rodgers and the passing offense. After leading the league in plays over 20 yards in 2011, Green Bay couldn't muster more than two plays over 20 yards on Sunday. Rodgers led the team in rushing, but it was only a paltry 27 yards.
2012 Week 2 vs CHI (22 / 32 / 219 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -6 / 0 rush)
On a day when Jay Cutler's seven sack, four interception performance set the high-water mark for poor QB performance, Aaron Rodgers looked like a super-star. However, a closer look reveals at the tape will show that Rodgers didn't exactly have a great game either. He was sacked five times, his offense only converted four of the 14 3rd down attempts that they faced, there were several key drops and he threw an interception of his own. His only TD pass didn't come until 11:22 left in the game. However, in contract to Jay Cutler who melted down when the pressure came, Rodgers kept his cool and just continued to plug away. After the Cutler's 3rd interception, the Bears were still showing signs of life down 16-3. Rodgers took a shot at end zone, hitting the reliable Donald Driver on a 26 yard strike straight down the field. When the opportunity was there, Rodgers took it and made Chicago pay. It wasn't pretty, but at the end of the day, the Packers had a much needed win, and put themselves back on track to return to the playoffs.
2012 Week 3 vs SEA (26 / 39 / 223 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Lost in the madness of Monday nights football game was an incredible defensive performance by Seattle that stifled Aaron Rodgers for most of the game. Rodgers faced incredible pressure in the pocket from Seattle's front 7 all game. He took a beating and had to absorb many sacks. Rodgers was forced to hold onto the ball on many passing plays due to the tight coverage by Seattle's secondary. Rodgers had nowhere to pass the football and his pass protection broke down on numerous plays while in the pocket. Seattle's defense took away the deep pass of Greenbay's and Rodgers was forced to throw underneath into very tight windows which limited his effectiveness to a large extent. Rodgers had zero touchdown passes but had two big opportunities that fell through. Rodgers tried to find WR Driver over the middle in the endzone after buying some time scrambling but the ball flew through Drivers' grasp. Rodgers also almost had a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings in the redzone but Jennings was out of bounds at the 1 yard line and they scored via a rushing touchdown. Rodgers was forced to take the checkdown passes and work underneath routes for most of this game and Seattle never let him get into a good rhythm. The officials threw a lot of questionable flags on Seattle's defense which helped Rodgers sustain drives and the flags bailed him often out of bad situations. The Packer's offense with Rodgers was missing an explosive deep threat on Sunday to try and unravel the defense. Seattle played tough, had a great pass rush, played tight coverage in the secondary and limited the rushing attack which left Rodger's running for his life and few opportunities to punish the defense.
2012 Week 4 vs NO (31 / 41 / 319 / 4 / 1 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers finally had the big day fantasy owners have been waiting for. After posting only 3 total touchdowns in 3 weeks (after multiple touchdown efforts in every 2011 game), Rodgers had 319 passing yards, 13 rushing yards, 4 passing TDs and 1 interception. He may very well have had a 5th touchdown had he not been poked in the eye by Malcolm Jenkins in the redzone (more on that later). Rodgers was afforded great protection for most of the day, a stark contrast to the Seattle defense that continually harassed him 6 days ago. It's worth noting that there were quicker routes than we saw from the 2011 Packers, and that may have had to do with the offensive line uncertainty. Regardless, it worked. In typical vintage Rodgers form, the ball was spread around liberally, with five different players tallying 4 or more receptions. On the Packers' first touchdown drive, Rodgers nearly threw a touchdown to Jermichael Finley, but the ball was half-dropped, half-poked out by Scott Shanle. On the very next play, Rodgers scrambled to his left, threw across his body and hit James Jones for a 12 yard toss. It was a thing of beauty by Rodgers, and a nice job by Jones breaking off his route to come back to his quarterback. Rodgers' second touchdown was a strike to Greg Jennings where he had all day to throw (I counted around 5 Mississippis in my head). Give a good NFL QB that much time, and a play will be made. Kudos to the offensive line on that one. It's worth noting that Green Bay had a TON of success with slant-type routes. The Saints simply couldn't defend them, even when jamming receivers at the line. As evidence of this, Rodgers nearly had his third touchdown hit Jordy Nelson, but the bullet pass clanged off Nelson's hands (a pure drop). Luckily, on the next play, James Jones also ran a slant by breaking off a jam beautifully. Rodgers's last touchdown came on a toss to Jordy Nelson that Nelson beasted into the endzone by fighting with defenders for about 2-3 yards and displaying really nice leg drive after the catch. The only blemish of the day for Rodgers was a simply bad pass; Jordy Nelson had Patrick Robinson beat for a huge gain, and Rodgers underthrew the ball. All in all, a nice day from Rodgers that could have been even better if not for several drops (a Packers theme this year) and an unlucky eye-poke. You don't need me to tell you to keep trotting him out in your fantasy lineups every week.
2012 Week 5 vs IND (21 / 33 / 243 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 57 / 0 rush)
Something is definitely off with Aaron Rodgers in a way that is reminiscent of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in 2011. He and his receivers seem to be out of sync, with dropped passes and wrong routes a symptom of the overall misfiring. Rodgers himself seems to be trying to do too much and it is causing mistakes. This week, Rodgers kept throwing to receivers who were well covered, and at times double covered. They weren't terrible throws, just terribly risky. Watching the game again, it's surprising he only had one interception. On the one pick, James Jones went on a short route towards the sideline where he was well covered by cornerback Jerraud Powers. It was a very risky throw, and one that Rodgers should never have let go of. Powers was right next to Jones, and Rodgers didn't put the ball in a place where Powers couldn't get his hand on it. Best case scenario is that Powers knocked the ball away. Instead he reached in front of Jones and snatched it away. That happened in the third quarter and throughout the second half, Rodgers seemed off with numerous throws just like that. Rodgers also pulled the ball down way too often in the second half, trying to scramble and extend the play, but often being caught from behind. He wasn't getting rid of the ball quickly enough, even if it was just to throw it away. It's almost as if he's lost field awareness--the best example of which was in the mid-third quarter when he uncharacteristically threw a pass well past the line of scrimmage. It really seems as though the issue with this offense is twofold. First, his receivers and offensive line aren't playing as well as they did last season, which contributes to the second and bigger issue--Aaron Rodgers is trying to do too much. While he is still putting up yards and touchdowns, he is missing on throws he shouldn't and making some he shouldn't too and it is costing the team in a way one never expects from a quarterback at his level.
2012 Week 6 vs HOU (24 / 37 / 338 / 6 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers returned to MVP form Sunday night, totaling 338 yards and 6 touchdowns with no interceptions on 24 for 37 passing. On the Packers first possession, Aaron Rodgers took quick advantage of a special teams penalty and hit Jordy Nelson for a 41-yard touchdown. Later in the quarter, Rodgers was able to slip the grasp of Conner Barwin and scramble to find Cobb for a nice gain across the middle. Rodgers and company were dialed in as he found James Jones crossing Houston's defense at the end of the first quarter for his second touchdown of the first quarter. Seemingly on cruise control in the first half, Rodgers found Jordy Nelson, again, on a 21-yard pass for his third touchdown. Rodgers also used his legs effectively as usual. Rodgers had a 12-yard touchdown run called back by a holding penalty. Rodgers took advantage of time in the pocket and found holes in an unusually suspect Texans secondary. Rodgers found Nelson in the slot, and placed a perfect pass to the corner of the end zone for Nelson's 3rd score and put the Packers up by three scores and in control. Rodgers' 5th touchdown pass of the night came on a defensive miscue by the linebacker. Rodger's found the seldom-used Tom Crabtree for a 48-yard touchdown.
2012 Week 7 vs STL (30 / 37 / 342 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rodgers terminated a decent Rams defense in one of Week Seven's most authoritative performances. The reigning MVP completed a dazzling eighty percent of his pass attempts against the Rams while throwing for three touchdowns and three hundred and thirty-two yards. His box score performance was impressive enough; however, Rodgers threw many of his passes out of the pocket and on the run. With the Green Bay offensive line getting lit up by the Rams' pass rush, the impetus to extend plays fell on Rodgers. Rodgers' first two touchdown passes were relatively pedestrian - a three-yard touch pass to Jordy Nelson on a fade route and a five-yard strike in which he found Randall Cobb in the back of the Rams' end zone midway through the third quarter. However, Rodgers' third and final touchdown pass of the day was a thing of beauty. With Cobb streaking down the seam, Rodgers hit his receiver in stride within a tight coverage window to put the Packers up by fourteen with minutes to spare in the fourth quarter. While not a scoring play, Rodgers also heaved an accurate deep ball to Nelson on a sideline go route - in double coverage - but right into Nelson's hands for a fifty-two yard completion. After a ho-hum start to the season, Rodgers looks totally locked in on an offense whose passing attack appears unstoppable. The Packers lanced a team whose pass defense allowed only two hundred and twenty-five yards per game, throwing six passes of over twenty yards and spreading the ball to seven different receivers.
2012 Week 8 vs JAX (22 / 35 / 186 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
It was a rather listless performance for Rodgers, one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. Without Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Rodgers did not have his full complement of weapons at his disposal. Despite Rodgers not having much pressure on him in the pocket, he was unable to routinely find open targets. In the first half, the Packers ran just 26 offensive plays and gained only 91 total yards, keeping Jacksonville right in the game. Rodgers' biggest plays came outside the pocket, finding Randall Cobb for a fingertip red zone touchdown catch and juking a defensive lineman on a third down scramble. It was a game where the Packers' passing game lacked any sort of rhythm and was lucky to get a punt block touchdown as part of the victory. After four straight games of 3+ touchdowns for Rodgers, it is easy to forget that elite players have down games like this from time to time as well.
2012 Week 9 vs ARI (14 / 30 / 218 / 4 / 1 pass, 8 / 33 / 0 rush)
While we usually don't associate fewer than 50% passing with Rodgers, it was a rare sight on Sunday. Yet, he made his 14 completions count, tallying 4 touchdowns on the day. Arizona's defensive coordinator Ray Horton dialed up enough blitzes to force Rodgers into a few bad throws. Additionally, his receivers betrayed him a couple times with a drops. Most importantly, though, the Packer rushing attack got on track for the first time in weeks, rushing for a season high 176 yards. When he needed to make the most important throws though, he made them. His first and third touchdowns were individually great plays by Randall Cobb and James Jones, but for his second and fourth touchdown tosses, he put on the spot throws to Randall Cobb and Tom Crabtree and let them make a play. His interception came on an unlucky play, as Randall Cobb had seemingly hauled in a pass, only to see it bobbled, and William Gay coming up with the loose ball. Another unfortunate blow to Rodgers' day was Jordy Nelson leaving in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Donald Driver just isn't the player he once was, and Jarrett Boykin doesn't possess the ability to get open like Nelson. The gaudy passing numbers we're accustomed to seeing with Rodgers have taken a hit the last two weeks without Jordy Nelson to help stretch the field. When the Packers have Greg Jennings and Nelson healthy to go with James Jones and Randall Cobb, Rodgers will be a dangerous passer. An underrated tool in Rodgers' game is also his scrambling ability. On the Packers first scoring drive, he took 4 rushes for 37 yards; those were his only 4 rushes of the game, as he later had 4 kneeldowns for -4 yards. His ability to know when to tuck and run can often come as a complete shock because much of the defense will have their backs turned in coverage, being all the more damaging.
2012 Week 11 vs DET (19 / 27 / 236 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Just good enough. That's probably the best way to describe Aaron Rodgers' performance - just good enough to win. He managed to keep the offense moving, and spread the ball around just enough to get all of his key players involved, but he never broke out that huge play that broke Detroit's back at any point in the game. The TD pass that he had to Finley was as much the design of the play and the mistakes of the Lions as anything. When both linebackers broke to cover James Starks out of the backfield, Finely was all alone in the middle of the field for the easy catch and run. The 40 yard pass to Finley in the 4th quarter was also a catch and run - where Rodgers hit Finley in the flat and he just ran away from the defense for the big gain. But when the chips were down, on 3rd and 1 with two minutes to go and the Packers needed a TD to pull ahead, Rodgers worked his magic. He threw a perfect rainbow pass to Randall Cobb in the end zone that was almost vertical when it came down. Despite being double-covered, Cobb had an easy catch to tie the game and eventually put the Packers ahead for good. The interception was more of a bad route run by Cobb, where Cobb kept running up the seam and Rodgers expected him to cut over the middle. It was a not a great pass, but the route made it an easy pick. While 68 of Rodgers' 236 yards came in the final three minutes of the game, it was still good enough to give Green Bay the win.
2012 Week 12 vs NYG (14 / 25 / 219 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers had a very tough time on Sunday generating any offense through the air. The Packers offensive line were simply not up to the challenge of blocking the Giants front 7 and it was evident all game long. The Packers line was routinely beaten at the point of attack, they gave Rodgers no time in the pocket at times and were generally porous throughout. Rodgers was sacked 5 times but hit a lot more and never given a chance to make his progressions from the pocket. Things started off well for Rodgers however, as he found WR Nelson alone streaking down the sideline. Nelson blew right past his DB at the line, got wide open and hauled in the big touchdown pass but it was not a sign of things to come for the rest of the night. Rodgers then got picked off on the outside as a Giants DB broke off his assignment, took a gamble and picked off Rodgers pass for the interception. Rodgers got hit from behind later in the game while inside the pocket and subsequently lost the ball for another turnover. During the few occasions that Rodgers had time in the pocket, he struggled to find open receivers and often still was forced to check down the pass to his RB's. Rodgers could have been picked for a second time late on a tipped pass but fortunately it fell into the hands of TE Finley. The Packer defense gave up a lot of points which put pressure on Rodgers to match the Giants offense but the offensive line simply could not block the Giants defensive line consistently.
2012 Week 13 vs MIN (27 / 35 / 286 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had a decent day, one where he could make the occasional mistake and yet the rest of the team was able to lift him up when he did. The offensive line issues are certainly having an effect on him as he finds himself having to scramble to extend plays more and more often. The result can be good or bad--sometimes he is able to make a big play because he runs around when the pocket collapses, sometimes he makes a mistake and ends up sacked or worse. He was picked off twice, though one was overturned due to a pretty bad flag. On that play, Rodgers had nobody open downfield and the offensive line began to break down. Rodgers then made the odd choice to step to his right, almost directly into an oncoming Vikings, when he had all of the left side of the field open. Then, after dancing away from the defender, he stepped up into the pocket again. The pocket began to collapse and Rodgers tried to throw it away down the middle of the field--presumably to tight end Jermichael Finley who was a little ways downfield. The ball was batted up and defensive lineman Jared Allen caught it for an interception. The flag, which was again somewhat questionable, was a godsend because the Packers (down four points) would have given the ball to the Vikings on their own 15 yard line. The second interception, this one in the third quarter, was also a matter of trying to force something. It was actually also a bizarre 'fancy' play by the usually conservative Packers as Rodgers at first tosses the ball to running back James Starks who immediately passes it across the field back to Rodgers (who is still behind the line of scrimmage). Rodgers has a few seconds to set and throw as Vikings begin to crash into the area and he heaves a huge pass to Greg Jennings. Unfortunately, Jennings is double covered and the throw is a bit short. The Vikings' rookie Harrison Smith came up with the ball instead. Luckily for Rodgers and the Packers, the Vikings were pretty much unable to capitalize on either mistake (once because it was overturned) but Rodgers has to watch his tendency to try and do too much. Yes, he makes amazing plays with his legs, but there is a balance and sometimes Rodgers doesn't have it.
2012 Week 14 vs DET (14 / 24 / 173 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 32 / 1 rush)
Rodgers struggled in the first half as the Lions dominated the time of possession to primarily keep his passes on the sideline. He did lead his team down the field with a good drive in the first quarter, but failed to feel the pressure behind him in the redzone when the ball was knocked free for a turnover. Rodgers rebounded at the beginning of the third quarter when he completed passes to multiple receivers before running the ball into the endzone from distance after escaping a collapsing pocket. He made plays to help his team ultimately get the victory, but it was a very un-Aaron-Rodgers like performance as he made very little impression on the game. Rodgers was almost on the periphery as he had very few notable big plays.
2012 Week 15 vs CHI (23 / 36 / 291 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Rodgers started off slow, but by the end of this game, he was rolling and showing us why he's an elite and invaluable player for this team. Early on, he suffered from some heavy pressure and seemed to be out of sync with his receivers. There were some brutally bad throws throughout the game really, including a pass to Greg Jennings in the third quarter which should have been picked off by the Bears' Charles Tillman. On that play, Jennings had the inside on Tillman, but "Peanut" was pretty much on top of the Packers receiver. There was little chance that the pass was going to be complete, and it was just lucky that Tillman couldn't hang on. This is what you get from Rodgers though--that supreme confidence that any throw into any coverage can be completed. More often than not, a guy like Rodgers is right too. It's what makes Rodgers arguably the best quarterback in the league. Not only does he have the will to throw it, the arm to get it there and the belief he can make any throw--he's right. Case in point, an absolutely wonderful throw to Randall Cobb in the early second quarter. This throw is everything that makes Rodgers, for lack of a better term, an elite quarterback. With plenty of time, he sees Cobb's route splitting the zone. There is almost no room for error--cornerback D.J. Moore is just underneath Cobb, while both safeties (Chris Conte and Major Wright) are shadowing over the top. Moore reacts too slowly to get his hands up, but even if he had, the pass was a rocket and in perfect position for Cobb to catch it without breaking stride. Cobb gets taken down quickly after the catch, but the throw was beautiful. Rodgers hit Cobb for another big gain a little later. On this play, the Packers quarterback was flushed out of the pocket to his right, with the Bears pass rush in hot pursuit. Cobb, again pursued by a trio of Bears defenders, headed towards the sideline. Rodgers launched the ball on the run and hit Cobb with a throw which, while a tad high, was placed where only his receiver would get it. Cobb made an outstanding catch, extending his body up and grabbing the ball before being knocked out of bounds. That seemed to spark the offense, as shortly thereafter, Rodgers hit a streaking James Jones down the sideline for a 'looked too easy' touchdown. He would hit Jones two more times for scores, with the final touchdown coming despite Bears' cornerback Charles Tillman having perfect coverage and being in great position to make a play. Rodgers threw the ball away from Tillman towards Jones' outside hip and Jones hauled in his third score of the day.
2012 Week 16 vs TEN (27 / 38 / 342 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 11 / 1 rush)
Aaron Rodgers looked locked in against a Titans defense that never left Nashville. Completing twenty-seven of his thirty-eight pass attempts for three hundred and forty-six yards, Rodgers led a Packers' shellacking of Tennessee in what looked like a preview of things to come in the 2012 playoffs. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran in another as he feasted on the Titans' ineffective defensive play calling, which often set up single coverage for his receivers on downfield pass plays while they anticipated the run. The Tennessee pass rush was somewhat - somewhat - aggressive in getting to Rodgers, but he kept them on the move by escaping the pocket and throwing on the run. Early in the first quarter, Rodgers saw the Titans vacate the middle of the field inside their ten yard-line, and elected to run the ball in himself for the Packers' first touchdown. He landed awkwardly on his right arm and appeared injured, but on Green Bay's next possession, appeared no worse for the wear. The Packers kept a foot on the gas in front of a gleeful home crowd thereafter. Rodgers' first passing touchdown came on Green Bay's next possession, as he threw a rocket on one foot to a leaping Randall Cobb on the right edge of the end zone. His second and third touchdowns were far less impressive - a one-yard toss to Greg Jennings and a twelve-yard wide receiver screen to James Jones, respectively. Scoring plays aside, Rodgers shredded the Tennessee defense at will, routinely extending plays with his legs while dodging the Titans' pass rush. His throws were accurate and crisp, and he always led his receivers into open spots, away from the Titans defense. Rodgers spread the ball around to eight different receivers, relying on the full complement of the Packers' roster of skill players. Only three incomplete passes from Rodgers come to mind - a pass that hit Jermichael Finley in the facemask, and two home run balls to Randall Cobb and James Jones, respectively, which might have resulted in an even more lopsided result than the final score. This is to say that the Packers, even early in the game, were content to run the score up to entertain the Lambeau faithful, and at times, Rodgers was a touch overzealous in some of his longer pass attempts. Overall, Rodgers' Week Sixteen performance was another stellar, stat sheet-stuffing outing from one of the game's best quarterbacks. Mechanically sound, physically superior, and feted with a dynamic receiving corps, Rodgers looks primed to once again lead Green Bay deep into the NFL playoffs.
2012 Week 17 vs MIN (28 / 40 / 365 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rodgers should have been intercepted with just his second pass of the day when Chris Cook broke on a pass that was intended for James Jones. Jones fell down, but it appeared to be a poor pass and decision either way. The Vikings were playing Rodgers well as the front seven was able to get pressure at times while the coverage was consistently good. Rodgers did hit Jordy Nelson in the corner of the endzone with an excellent play, but Nelson could make what was an incredibly difficult catch. He then hit Greg Jennings just inside the endzone, but Jennings dropped the ball as he fell to the ground. It was third time lucky for Rodgers however, as he escaped the pocket at the goalline before hitting Jennings in the back of the endzone. Rodgers led another touchdown drive to begin the third quarter, as he relied on his receivers to carry the ball down the field with their YAC ability, before taking advantage of a blown coverage to connect with Greg Jennings in the endzone. It was one of the easier touchdown throws Rodgers would ever make. On the next drive, the Packers had moved over midfield on the back of Dawan Harris, before Rodgers had the ball knocked away from him while moving forward in the pocket. It was an excellent play by Brian Robison and hard to blame Rodgers completely. Having completed a perfect deep pass to Jordy Nelson, Rodgers zipped a quick pass to James Jones close to the goalline. Jones made an excellent run to get into the endzone for the touchdown.
2012 Week 18 vs MIN (23 / 33 / 274 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Rodgers didn't have a huge impact in the first half until late in the second quarter. Rodgers had mostly been checking the ball down or handing it off to Dujuan Harris, as the Vikings defense set up to limit the big plays down the field. However, after receiving the ball inside of two minutes, Rodgers moved his team to the goalline with just three passes. He connected twice to Jordy Nelson and once to Greg Jennings on big plays with perfect accuracy and awareness. Rodgers didn't get the credit for the touchdown, but he did much more for it than John Kuhn's three yard run into the endzone. Rodgers did get his first touchdown pass of the day with the opening drive of the third quarter, when he checked down to Kuhn while under pressure and the fullback/halfback ran in with ease. With a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter, Rodgers made his first real mistake as he looked to hit Jordy Nelson down the right sideline. Josh Robinson was in single coverage and should have intercepted the pass, but it bounced off of his hands. Nelson was well covered and never should have seen the ball come his way. It was a pass Rodgers could afford to force because if the ball had been intercepted, the Vikings would have had the ball at their own goalline.
2012 Week 19 vs SF (26 / 39 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 28 / 0 rush)
Rodgers stuttered to start the game, as he missed receivers in the flat twice leading to an initial three and out, but he followed that up with a bomb to James Jones on his second drive. That perfect deep pass down the right sideline set up Dujuan Harris for his touchdown run. Rodgers completely missed Jordy Nelson deep over the middle of the field when he overthrew Nelson by some distance to allow Tarrell Brown an easy catch. There was some breakdown in communication between he and Nelson as Rodgers appeared to expect him to run a different route. After having the ball knocked away from him by an excellent play from Aldon Smith earlier in the drive(he recovered his own fumble), Rodgers threw two outstanding throws over the middle to get the Packers another touchdown. His first went to Jermichael Finley for a big gain, before he threw a dary to James Jones in the endzone behind the safeties. Rodgers did a lot of good in this game and very little bad, but ultimately the game was decided by the respective gap between the two defenses. The Packers could do nothing against Kaepernick, while the 49ers fought the Packers for every single yard. Rodgers had carried this team for much of the year, their deficiencies caught up to them in the playoffs.
2011 Week 1 vs NO (27 / 35 / 312 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
The reigning Super Bowl MVP proved just why many have proclaimed him as the best quarterback in the NFL with his stellar performance on Thursday night. Rodgers, like a surgeon performing a precision procedure, sliced the Saints defense to shreds. The Saints threw a number of alignments and blitzes at Rodgers, but he handled all of them very well. He targeted CB Patrick Robinson early as the Saints opted for man coverage across the board. That turned out to be a mistake as Rodgers found his receivers with ease. Rodgers has a great feel for where his receivers will be and completed several timing throws in this game, including a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings on a back shoulder fade. The timing was so precise that it was almost as if Rodgers and Jennings had some sort of telekinesis going on. Rodgers tossed his second touchdown pass to WR Jordy Nelson. He manipulated the zone defenders by looking left, then came back to his right to Nelson for a pitch and catch scoring play. Rodgers continued to exploit the weaknesses in the Saints coverage as he completed a quick slant to rookie WR Randall Cobb, who ran through the zone defense for another touchdown. The game script dictated that Rodgers could not keep up his blistering pace of the first half. In the second half, he missed a couple of his receivers, including a deep pass to Nelson that should have been a touchdown. The Saints' coverage tightened up as well. Rodgers displayed such a calm demeanour in the pocket and made the job of NFL quarterback look easy in this game.
2011 Week 2 vs CAR (19 / 30 / 308 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense started slowly after a special teams gaffe meant they had to wait longer than normal to take the field. The Panthers front four got decent pressure on Rodgers throughout and at times he was forced to throw the ball away or check it down. Cerebral as ever, Rodgers was able to recognise the Panthers' defensive coverages and exploit them. The Packers went to a no huddle offense when their offense started to wilt, and it worked a charm. Rodgers' feet allowed him to escape pressure and make key throws on several occasions, notably on a huge third down pass to Jermichael Finley. Rodgers decision making was good from the word go. He tossed a touchdown to Greg Jennings when the coverage seemed to break down. The cornerback on the play was playing zone and expecting safety help over the top that never arrived. Jennings sauntered into the end zone unopposed. The dagger in the heart to the home team came when Rodgers, off play action with a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, hit Jordy Nelson on a beautiful skinny post route. Jennings landed a good block on the pursuing defender and Nelson sprinted for an 87 yard score. Rodgers put on a masterful display at the quarterback position and pulled his team out of an early deficit to secure a road win.
2011 Week 3 vs CHI (28 / 38 / 297 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Ho hum. Another 300 yard, 3 TD passing game for Rodgers as the Packers beat their division rivals in a game that was not as close as the score might have indicated. Despite solid pressure, a few sacks and even a great play by Brian Urlacher to give Rodgers his first interception of the season, Aaron Rodgers looked very calm and comfortable as he picked the Bears apart on play after play. Mixing deep passes to Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley with short crossing and square in routes to James Jones and Jordy Nelson, It felt like Green Bay could score any time they wanted to in this game. To his credit, Rodgers threw laser passes for most of the game. His first TD pass to Finley was a perfectly thrown ball into tight coverage, but it was placed right where Finley could come up with it. It was set up by precision strikes to Greg Jennings on multiple plays when everyone, including the defense knew that Jennings was going to get the ball but couldn't' stop him from making the catch. His other TD passes to Finley were equally as well thrown, where Finley was able to use his size and receiving skills to come down with the catch. On the second one especially, when Rodgers was rolling out to avoid pressure, he made a tough throw over the middle to Finley but he made it look easy and Finley made a great grab for the score. The one interception that he threw was an equally great play by Brian Urlacher. The Bears ran a corner blitz and Rodgers had to get right of it quick. He saw Finley open in the flat, but he didn't see Urlacher spying on him the entire time. When Rodgers let the pass go, Urlacher came diving out of nowhere to make the interception and bring the momentum back to the Chicago side of the field. Unfortunately it wasn't enough, and the Packers ended up winning the game pretty easily.
2011 Week 4 vs DEN (29 / 38 / 408 / 4 / 1 pass, 9 / 36 / 2 rush)
The Packers were trying to get settled early in the game and Rodgers showed a couple new wrinkles in his game. We have seen him run the ball when needed in the past but he seemed to actually be looking to run the football at times to advance instead of just running away from a linemen. Example was the 1st rushing touchdown where the packers were lined up 5 wide in a spread formation and Rodgers had green pastures ahead of him so he decided to tuck it and run not worrying that Brian Dawkins was waiting to hit him when he scored. His 2nd rushing TD was a very generous overturn from the booth as he was spotted just short of the end zone by the referee on the field. His mechanics and physical tools in the game were razor sharp. He started the game in a conventional pro style offense but it quickly changed to 4 and 5 wide sets. Rodgers was never better then when Denver had pulled to within 4 points at 21-17. there were 3:00 left in the 1st half and Rodgers drove the length of the field with his offense to make it 28-17 before the half. And he was doing it by hitting his receivers in very small windows. Denver was not playing especially bad considering Champ Bailey was a late scratch for them. After the half, the Packers got the ball to start the 2nd half and Rodgers again took them right down the field except this time he did it methodically and took 7 and half minutes off the clock before running it in himself. That was 14 points over about 10-11 minutes and it just took all the fight out of Denver. He orchestrated all of this and then went for the kill after Denver could not answer back, taking another lengthy drive and capping it with James Jones as he combined for 6 touchdowns in this game and putting on a performance to rival Michael Vick's when he faced Washington on MNF last year. Rodgers had one hiccup interception but overall he has to score an "A" and he surely made many a fantasy owner happy this past Sunday.
2011 Week 5 vs ATL (26 / 39 / 396 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Rodgers started the game looking unstoppable. On the first drive, the Falcons had no answers until a Ryan Grant fumble ended the possession. On the second drive, Rodgers lost his left tackle Clifton for the game. From that moment on, the game changed for Green Bay. Immediately Atlanta put on the pressure. Rodgers responded by rolling out to the right, and firing a 39 yard strike to Jennings down to the 4 yard line. But then he was sacked twice, resulting in a field goal. The loss of both tackles definitely hurt the Green Bay attack, as Rodgers stayed under pressure. But Rodgers is very mobile, and the gameplan changed in the 2nd half to enable him to move around and get the ball out of his hands. Atlanta also didn't have the pass rushing personnel to really take advantage of a golden opportunity, either. When drives ended, it was usually due to mistakes by receivers, or heavy pressure. At the end of the half, Rodgers fired a dart on 3rd and 12 to Finley, who dropped it in the endzone, leaving the Packers to settle for another field goal. Rodgers used his mobility on another pass play, hitting James Jones for 30, and then when the Falcons finally dialed up a blitz, he threw it over the top of the defense to a wide open James Jones for an easy 70 yard touchdown. He later on a playfake, hit Jennings on a slant pass and watched as Jennings streaked towards the left pylon for another TD. Rodgers spread the ball around to an NFL record 12 different receivers, and never really made a mistake. The one concern for Green Bay is the health of their offensive line, as they don't want Rodgers under intense pressure and possibly getting injured.
2011 Week 6 vs STL (17 / 28 / 310 / 3 / 1 pass, 7 / 15 / 0 rush)
It's very difficult to find any flaws in Rodgers game. In a game in which the Packers failed to score any second half points, and had their lowest scoring output of the year, that one would imagine that Rodgers looked rusty or made mistakes. However this just wasn't the case. In the first half, Rodgers hit James Jones for a 30 yard touchdown on a playaction rollout. Then a series later, backed up at his own 7, Rodgers pump-faked, froze the cornerback and nailed Jordy Nelson, who took advantage of the defenders colliding and ran for a 93 yard touchdown. Up 17-0, the Rams weren't giving up and were harassing Rodgers with heavy pressure. Twice, Rodgers was pressured, on one play he took off and ran for a first, and on the second play he got out of trouble and threw for a first down to extend the drive. The Rams had him at 3rd and 8, and he basically put the game away with another run to escape pressure down to the five yard line for a first down. He then proceeded to hit Donald Driver wide open in the endzone, of course only making the throw AFTER he escaped pressure. In the 2nd half, Rodgers was undone by his receivers, although as good as they have been, he doesn't have any room for complaining. On the first series, he made a throw that Finley couldn't hold onto, which ended the drive. On the 2nd series, Jordy Nelson dropped an easy pass on the left flat in which he was wide open for a first down, which ended the drive. Later in the fourth quarter, he threw a perfect ball to Jennings, who saw the ball go right through his hands, leading to an easy interception for St. Louis. Despite the inability to move the ball in the 2nd half, much of the problem was no doubt a conservative gameplan resulting from the fact that St. Louis rarely threatened much of anything on offense.
2011 Week 7 vs MIN (24 / 30 / 335 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
The story of the game was really Christian Ponder's rookie appearance. However, it overshadowed a nearly perfect first half from Aaron Rodgers where he completed passes to seven different receivers and his only two incompletions were a drop and a spiked ball to stop the clock. He opened the third quarter with five more consecutive completions, including the 79 yard TD BOMB to Greg Jennings and the two yard TD strike to Jermichael Finley to put the Packers up 27-17. What Ponder had in flash, Rodgers had in pure precision passing. He sliced and diced the Minnesota secondary and never gave the impression that they were worried, despite being down 17-10 with less than a minute to go in the second quarter. Rodgers led his team to a last minute field goal and two quick scores to start the third and the game was over after that. While he had a few miss-fires late in the game, he finished with over 330 yards passing and thee passing TDS. His stats over the last four games are equally impressive - Almost 1450 yards passing, 12 TD passes, just 2 INTS and 2 rushing TDS. He is playing at the top of his game and the Packers are rolling because of it.
2011 Week 9 vs SD (21 / 26 / 247 / 4 / 0 pass, 8 / 52 / 0 rush)
What more can be said about the season Rodgers is putting up? The league's easy leader for MVP at the halfway point, Rodgers tied a career high with four touchdown passes and picked the Chargers apart almost at will. Early on, San Diego was doing a good job of getting pressure on him, sacking Rodgers four times in the first half alone. They were also doing a good job of pressuring the Green Bay receivers downfield. So Rodgers improvised, rushing for first down after first down in the first quarter. His first touchdown pass was a simple jump ball to TE Jermichael Finley that the big tight end came down with. Rodgers added a touchdown to Jordy Nelson, which was a terrific effort by Nelson to make the diving catch near the sideline and then roll into the end zone before being tagged down by the defender. The call was actually reviewed, but despite a couple of question marks about possession and down by contact, the ruling on the field stood. His third touchdown was simply a perfect play, finding James Jones after a double move along the sideline for a 21-yard pass. Rodgers dropped the ball perfectly into his lap for the score and a 38-24 lead. Rodgers came close to a long touchdown to Jordy Nelson, possibly the best pass of the entire game by Rodgers. He was rolling out to his right, saw Nelson in one on one coverage, and heaved one deep downfield for the 50-50 ball. Nelson snagged the pass, then nearly made it into the end zone but was chased down from behind and taken down at the five yard line. It could have been a 69-yard score, but Rodgers made good two plays later when he found Greg Jennings for a quick touchdown near the end zone sideline. Rodgers nearly put a huge exclamation point on his game late when the Chargers had closed the gap. He fired a ball over the middle to a streaking Jennings that could have gone for about a 90-yard touchdown, but the ball looked to have been slightly deflected at the line to disrupt the timing. It still managed to make its way to Jennings, but it was JUST out of reach. Rodgers played about as flawless a game as a quarterback can play, and put a further stamp on his MVP candidacy with this performance.
2011 Week 10 vs MIN (23 / 30 / 250 / 4 / 0 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
The only thing that stops Rodgers ever is possibly Rodgers as he lost the ball on his first drop back of the night but he quickly recovered the football. Rodgers makes excellent decisions at every point in the game. When he needs 5 yards for a first down he makes sure he finds it. When a receiver is covered one way he finds another receiver to go to with the football. When he can't find anyone open he simply fires a frozen rope to the receiver and good things usually happen. He was hot to start the game but he came out in the 2nd half on fire and took the Packers down to score on 3 straight series to put them ahead 38-7 and connecting with Jordy Nelson twice and also John Kuhn on a screen pass. He has to lead the short list of NFL MVP candidates and he also is on a short list of FF MVP candidates for the season. The machine rolls on for Rodgers and his owners.
2011 Week 11 vs TB (23 / 34 / 299 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
On target as usual. It feels like he and McCarthy are just toying with teams, like a couple of scientists in a lab trying to run tests to see what they can draw up and get away with. There is no rhyme or reason to who he will throw the football to and it doesn't matter if they play WR, TE, RB, FB, H-Back, whoever is open is going to have a football thrown on target and on time no matter who it is. He does a lot of damage in the shotgun just dropping back, cocking his arm, and letting it fly to whoever looks open no matter the position. Trouble started for the Packers and Rodgers in the 2nd half where they could not sustain drives and the Bucs started to erase a 21-10 halftime lead cutting it to 21-19 early in the 4th quarter. Rodgers was not as good as he has been but even a slightly off day for Rodgers is light years better than many QBs in the NFL. He did what was needed and he struggled only because the Bucs were getting some pressure at times. Most QBs in the NFL will struggle if you get to them enough but Rodgers has a quick release and can handle even a strong pass rush. Rodgers was just shy of 300 yards and 3 TDs and we're discussing if he had a good game or not. FF owners are doing just fine.
2011 Week 12 vs DET (22 / 33 / 307 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Rodgers continued his bit for league MVP with 'another' 300 yard, 2 TD performances. He would have had a third TD, but Randall Cobb dropped a TD pass late in the fourth quarter. Rodgers gashed the banged up Detroit secondary all day, using nine different receivers and having eight receptions of 15 yards or more, including the 65 yard TD to James Jones and back to back 19 yard grabs by Greg Jennings. Rodgers simply took what the defense gave him, checking down to his running backs when necessary and going deep when he saw single coverage, drawing pass interference calls on a couple plays as well. The TD bomb to Jones as a perfectly executed play action, and Rodgers hit Jones in stride deep down the field. Rodgers was in complete command of the game, and he took full advantage of the frustrated Lions, picking them apart and maintaining his cool despite having absolutely zero rushing game. At the end of the first half, the Packers were 0-3 on third down conversions and had just 86 total yards off offense. In the end, if not for the dropped TD reception by Cobb and the garbage time TD from Calvin Johnson, this game would have been a complete blowout thanks to Rodgers.
2011 Week 13 vs NYG (28 / 46 / 369 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers have a sensational performance in a game that was placed squarely on his shoulders many times throughout the game. Rodgers had a defense that couldn't keep a lead, a woefully underproductive running game and even his receivers were dropping passes. TE Finley had two big drops for first downs and WR Jennings also had another drop for decent yards. Rodgers avoided pressure well at times but did take a beating in the pocket as the Giants pass rush was relentless at times. He managed to escape vs. 4 man rush and pick up key first downs on the run also. Rodgers threw several deep passes down the sideline in perfect position to WR Nelson and got TE Finley down the middle of the field also against a porous zone coverage defense by the Giants. Rodgers got his first touchdown by rolling out of the pocket away from pressure and finding TE Finley open near the goal line who did the rest. Rodgers then found WR Driver completely open in the endzone as the Giants failed to account for him with his second touchdown. Rodgers was one of the benefactors of a strange call that gave WR Jennings a touchdown despite questionable control of the ball in the endzone. Rodgers fired for his fourth and final touchdown as his offensive line bought him a huge amount of time which allowed Driver to uncover in the endzone for the score. Rodgers threw an INT early on, failing to see LB Blackburn step in front but it was Rodgers only major blunder of the evening.
2011 Week 14 vs OAK (17 / 30 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It's a testament to Rodgers high level of play that this would probably qualify as one of his worst outings of the season. He had many more opportunities than his stats would indicate and missed several of them. In the first quarter he threw well short of a wide open man and a little soft on a deep ball to Greg Jennings, who had 2 steps on his man. He also threw high to an open Donald Driver while rolling right, but did manage 1 TD pass in the quarter. It was a perfectly thrown ball to Ryan Taylor for a 4 yard TD where only the TE could catch it. Rodgers benefitted from a strong running game and terrible Raiders' tackling as much of his yardage came after the catch. His second TD was a lob pass to Jordy Nelson down the right sideline who made a perfect play on the ball. Nelson was beyond his man and Rodgers slightly underthrew the pass, but Nelson slowed and made a sliding catch as he crossed the goal line. Rodgers, though he didn't make the perfect throw, did create the TD by quick snapping the Raiders and catching them off guard. Rodgers was better between the 20s the rest of the way than he was in the red zone. On first and goal from the Raiders 4, Rodgers missed three straight chances at his third TD. The first was low to Finley, then behind Kuhn, and finally short to Finley on a fade route. The third turned into an INT as Finley lost the battle for the ball. Rodgers sat out a majority of the second half in this laugher but was visibly unhappy with his missed opportunities.
2011 Week 15 vs KC (17 / 35 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 32 / 1 rush)
From the very start it was clear to see this would be no ordinary day for Aaron Rodgers. While much was made on the broadcast of the dropped passes he fell victim to, Rodgers accuracy was not on par with the high standard he's set in 2011. Much of that can be attributed to the pass rush put on by Kansas City as Rodgers' focus was divided between his receivers downfield and the defenders breathing down his neck. Rodgers threw just 5 passes in the first quarter as the Chiefs completely controlled the ball. Of those 5, only two were completed and only one of those was downfield, a 13 yard strike to rookie Randall Cobb. Rodgers again hooked up with Cobb to start the second quarter on 3rd and 7 with a perfect strike. After another 3rd down conversion to James Jones, it looked like he was starting to get in sync. Rodgers, clearly feeling more comfortable, took back-to-back shots deep to Finley and Driver but both were underthrown to open receivers. Had he put just another foot on the throw to Finley, he would have had his first touchdown of the day. Rodgers couldn't even get going in the two minute drill and the Packers ended the half with their first 0 of the season. Trying to alleviate the pass rush, the Packers ran the ball on the first 5 plays of the second half and when Rodgers did finally throw a pass, he skipped it over the middle to an open Jordy Nelson. On the next pass he was fortunate to complete a 41 yard bomb to Finley. The ball was thrown over the wrong shoulder but Finley made the adjustment and hauled it in. That set him up for his first TD pass of the day, a relatively simple pass to a wide open Donald Driver on the left side of the end zone. Rodgers was lucky to avoid an INT on terribly thrown ball to James Jones on his next drive. The ball was well over Jones head, but the DB could not get 2 feet in while hauling in the pick. By the 4th quarter, Rodgers was clearly rattled by the pressure and continued missing targets downfield. Tamba Hali terrorized Rodgers for most of the quarter and the Packers injury-ravaged line was able to do little about it. Rodgers did pad his stats a bit down the stretch against a soft zone defense, and picked up a rushing TD on a scramble around the right side. It was a forgettable afternoon for the Packers QB, who can only be hopeful the Chiefs didn't provide a recipe for success to the rest of the league.
2011 Week 16 vs CHI (21 / 29 / 283 / 5 / 0 pass, 4 / 18 / 0 rush)
The Bears won the opening toss and decided to kick the ball to Green Bay to open the game. Big Mistake. Aaron Rodgers attacked them with surgical precision, completing his first eight passes to four different receivers, culminating in a 2 yard TD pass to Jermichael Finley. He never looked back. Despite a non-existent running game, long drives by Chicago, broken running plays and several key drops, Rodgers continued to pummel the Bears for the first three quarters of the game, throwing five TDS and making an early exit as he drove his team to home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Even when the Bears coverage took away his receiving options, Rodgers would either check down or take off running. On one play midway through the third quarter, the Bears were able to get pressure on Rodgers - he stepped up and took off running. With Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacker bearing down on him, he managed to squirt between the two of them and dive forward for a 12 yard gain, causing two of the premier LBS in the league to slam into each other, and send Urlacker to the sideline with a knee injury. It was the culmination of a near perfect day for Rodgers. He capped off his MVP performance with a quick slant to Jordy Nelson for his fifth TD pass of the day, making an early exit for Matt Flynn to run out the clock.
2011 Week 19 vs NYG (26 / 46 / 264 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 66 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers did not have his best performance on Sunday vs. the Giants but he got little help from his teammates and the opposing pass rush gave him a lot to think about. Rodgers had 6/7 drops from his teammates, many if caught would have resulted in first downs and this really hurt Rodgers production in this game. Rodgers' teammates also fumbled the ball twice which cut short a lot of very promising drives. Rodgers looked rusty early on in the game as he over shot a wide open WR Jennings near the goal line which would have been a sure touchdown pass. Rodgers and the Packers got lucky on a fumble call by the referees and used this opportunity to score the first touch as RB Kuhn slipped into the endzone on a great fake by Rodgers and was wide open for the touchdown. Finley, Crabtree, Starks and Grant all had drops which cut short the GB drives and kept Rodgers off the field. Rodgers was the leading rusher by far as NYG played coverage on third downs and Rodgers was able to scramble out of the pocket and use his surprising athletic ability to pick up numerous first downs on the ground while deflating the Giants defense. Rodgers converted a third and long with an amazing throw on the run to WR Driver over the middle, fitting it into a small window and making it a very easy catch to make. Rodgers had a sure touchdown on a double move to a wide open Jennings deep but he was stripped of the football by DE Umenyiora and the Packers missed another opportunity. He finally delivered an excellent pass deep to WR Jennings on a wheel route but Jennings let the ball get too close to his head, it bounced off his helmet and fell incomplete. In keeping form with this sloppy game on both sides of the ball and on both teams, Rodgers was unable to hit a wide open TE Finley over the middle for another easy gain through the air. The Packers were stopped on third and long by the NYG defense but a questionable roughing call gave the Packers another opportunity and they were able to capitalize finally. Rodgers threw a strike down the middle of the defense on a seam route to WR Driver, fitting it in between two defenders and gave some temporary life to his team, however it proved too little too late for GB. Rodgers had a poor performance, the Packer offense had a poor performance and the red hot Giant defense was more than capable of taking advantage of the un even performance shown on Sunday night.
2010 Week 1 vs PHI (19 / 31 / 188 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 9 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had respectable numbers against the Eagles, although his 188 yards passing did not seem like much. Rodgers was under a good amount of pressure from an inspired Philadelphia defense that forced two interceptions. Rodgers was able to get the ball in the hands of both Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, including a nice 32-yard scoring pass to Jennings where Rodgers hit him in stride for the touchdown. Rodgers' protection will continue to improve and he should have a stronger showing as the season wears on, starting with Buffalo next week.
2010 Week 2 vs BUF (19 / 29 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 20 / 1 rush)
Rodgers and the Packers offense started slow in the red zone, but they seemed to playing at practice speed as the Bills either created little pressure, or Rodgers easily escaped what pressure there was for most of the day, He was especially in synch with big TE Jermichael FInley, giving him good run-after-catch opportunities on most of his targets. Rodgers seemed to force the ball to James Jones in tight coverage down in the Bills end of the field often in the first half, and he finally got results with a throw to Jones outside hip in the front corner of the end zone. Rodgers also hung in to take a hit while converting the TD pass to Donald Driver and he easily spotted a giant path to a TD run during the second half scoring spree. He's just as good as ever, but another team will have to keep pace with the Packers before he puts up pinball machine fantasy numbers again.
2010 Week 3 vs CHI (34 / 45 / 316 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 20 / 1 rush)
He makes throwing the football look so easy. This writer is still not sure how the Packers lost last night with the effort that Aaron Rodgers put in. Look at his opening drive as he finds 3 different receivers on a 6 play drive and caps it with a17 yard bullet to his WR for a touchdown. Somehow Green Bay would only score 10 more points the rest of the night and Rodgers was done throwing touchdowns too. Rodgers did take the Packers on a long drive in the 2nd quarter that unfortunately stalled at about the 20 yard line and they settled for 3 points. In the 2nd half Rodgers took the Packers on a drive lasting over 8 minutes and went 9 for 9 along the way and ended with a blocked field goal that changed the momentum in the game. Rodgers only missed 2 or 3 passes in the 2nd half and the game was very fluid. The Packers had just 4 drives in the 2nd half and one of them ended late on a fumble which we'll get to. Rodgers is easily one of the elite quarterbacks playing right now and his passes are so crisp even compared to Jay Cutler last night who many times did not help his receivers. Rodgers throws the ball with enough air to allow his receivers to make catches that might not always happen under normal circumstances. He also made plays with his legs and was not afraid to tuck it and run when needed.
2010 Week 4 vs DET (12 / 17 / 181 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers had a quiet day for the Packers, getting them out to an early lead with three quick scoring passes, and then promptly tried to give the game away to the Lions with two costly interceptions and a conservative offense that almost lost the game. Rodgers finished the day with just 180 yards passing on 12 completions to six different receivers. His first TD pass to Donald Driver looked like a mistake, because both Driver and Jermichael Finley were in the same area of the field. The pass was probably intended for Finley, but Driver had better position and hauled in the score. The second TD pass was definitely intended for Finley: a perfect strike between two defenders where Finley was well covered, but still came up with the reception. The third TD pass came to Greg Jennings, where he was working one-on-one against the corner and beat him to the end zone for the TD. His biggest play of the day was a 48 yard bomb to Donald Driver where Rodgers was scrambling to get out of trouble and the defensive secondary broke down. Rodgers chucked the ball deep and Driver was wide open down the middle of the field for a huge gain. It set up the TD pass to Jennings on the next play. Rodgers did just enough to win the game for the Packers, but the lack of trust in the running game kept him passing when they should have been grinding the clock. Only with six minutes to go did the Packers commit to running the ball and they were able to grind out the last six minutes with some hard running from John Kuhn.
2010 Week 5 vs WAS (27 / 46 / 293 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers had a quiet game, despite his 46 attempts and 293 yards passing. He spread the ball around well, and eight different Packers had receptions by the middle of the second quarter. He completed his first seven passes and was 13 of 16 for most of the first half. However, a series of key drops and well defended plays had him finish the first half with seven straight incomplete passes. He came out throwing in the second half as well, and continued to move the team through the air despite Green Bay leading by 10 points for most of the game. The offensive line had trouble blocking, and Rodgers was under pressure for most of the game. He had some success moving around and rolling out, but he was never really able to establish a rhythm with his receivers in the game. Late in the game, when the pocket collapsed, Rodgers took off down the field, and he had two runs of 15 and 14 yards late in the fourth quarter. The interception in overtime was due to a heavy rush, and he underthrew the ball to Jennings and it was picked off. Rodgers sustained a minor concussion on the play and it will be interesting to see if he's healthy for next week.
2010 Week 6 vs MIA (18 / 33 / 313 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 14 / 1 rush)
Rodgers started despite worries about his recent concussion. He played fearlessly, too, while contending with a scary Dolphins pass rush. Without TE Jermichael Finley to throw to, he did make use of his tight ends, but not often. He hit Greg Jennings for an 86-yard TD, and came very close to finding him in stride downfield on another play. In the second half, the Dolphins upped the pressure, giving Rodgers all kinds of trouble: he was getting sacked, scrambling, and having a lot of trouble throwing accurately. In the end, he spread the ball around with some success, but clearly missed Finley's presence in the red zone. In the end, he led his team to overtime with a late score: On 4th and goal with under 20 seconds on the clock, Rodgers runs it in himself easily (after short yardage back Kuhn couldn't get the job done on multiple attempts).
2010 Week 7 vs MIN (21 / 34 / 295 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
While Rodgers didn't have his best game, he did just enough to lead his team to victory. He seemed to press a bit and it's evident that he misses his big steady target in TE Jermichael Finley. For a QB who is known for his good decision making in the red zone, Rodgers made a few costly mistakes, tossing two INT's in the first half of this football game. But as the game developed and the Packer defense reeled in the momentum in the 2nd half, Rodgers settled down. His first TD was a 9 yard pass to rookie TE Andrew Quarless in the 2nd quarter and his 2nd TD was a pretty looking 14 yard pass thrown to Greg Jennings in the 3rd quarter. After losing to Favre twice last year, the third time was a charm for the Packers future star as he finally gets the monkey off his back by beating the Packer legend he replaced.
2010 Week 8 vs NYJ (15 / 34 / 170 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Although he was sacked twice on the day, Aaron Rodgers generally had ample time to find his receivers in the pocket. The problem was, the Jets secondary was doing an excellent job of blanketing all of the Packers receivers. He still managed to get the job done (thanks to his mistake-free day) despite not throwing for much yardage. Rodgers owners shouldn't be too spooked (no pun intended) over his poor fantasy day, though, considering it was merely a direct reflection of playing one of the elite pass defenses in the league today.
2010 Week 9 vs DAL (27 / 34 / 289 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 41 / 0 rush)
Two words properly describe Aaron Rodgers in week 9: full control. Sure you could make the case that the Cowboys looked listless from the start, however Rodgers had his entire game working on this night. Early on in the contest (running on an injured ankle) Rodgers displayed tremendous pocket awareness by escaping pressure and scrambling on a few occasions. He was lethal through the air as well, spreading the ball around to his WR's and RB's fairly evenly. Rodgers played just over 3 quarters before being yanked but still threw for almost 300 yards and 3 TD's. In many respects his effort on this night mirrored what we saw from him last season at his best.
2010 Week 11 vs MIN (22 / 31 / 301 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
In the first quarter, it was a defensive battle between teams. Rodgers was sacked on consecutive plays at one point. His blockers held the pocket sufficiently, it seemed, but he just couldn't find an open receiver before it broke down. Early in the second quarter, he finally had some success, finding Greg Jennings on a sideline route for a big gain. After that, Rodgers seemed to loosen up and threw more confidently and decisively, though the Vikings coverage was still winning the battle. Then he hit James Jones on a play eerily similar as the one to Jennings, for another big gain, which set up a TD two plays later. The score was a huge effort, as Rodgers scrambled out of the collapsed pocket and threw to Jennings in the end zone. He had one more chance in the half, and moved the ball well with limited time, ending in a completion to Jones in the back corner of the end zone. In the second half, the Vikings kept the pressure on but Rodgers was able to escape the pocket and beat them by running the ball himself. The third TD pass of the day began with a nifty play action fake. Rodgers then found Jennings on a comeback route, who slipped by the single coverage and easily went another 30 yards for the score. And just when you thought the Packers were getting all conservative with the lead, Rodgers tossed yet another one to Jennings in the end zone for good measure.
2010 Week 12 vs ATL (26 / 35 / 344 / 1 / 0 pass, 12 / 51 / 1 rush)
Aaron Rodgers was the entire Packers offense in this game as the running game was a non-factor throughout. Rodgers was composed in the pocket, firing strikes to his receivers. The Falcons were confused defensively as to whether to bring pressure or not, as Rodgers had an answer to whatever defense they called. Rodgers was the leading rusher for the offense and used his legs well not only to scramble but to buy time to throw. His best plays came on the game tying drive in the fourth quarter. On 4th and 1, he did his best Brett Favre impression by shovelling a pass to James Jones as he was about to go down. Then on 4th and goal with the game on the line, the clutch passer came up with a terrific touchdown strike to Jordy Nelson.
2010 Week 13 vs SF (21 / 30 / 298 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 39 / 0 rush)
Started the game off very smooth and crisp. He did not have an incompletion until his team was deep inside Niners terriroty to open the game. That is huge in the NFL and so many teams lack a QB that comes into the game on fire. Rodgers had some adversity early on as well and took a sack on two drives in the late 1st and early 2nd quarter that put his offense behind otherwise the game would have been over much sooner. Rodgers found Driver on what will be a highlight reel play because of the moves Driver made but Rodgers always seems to find the receiver that gives the Packers the best chance to advance the ball the furthest. Rodgers is so calm and smooth that you really wonder if he does have ice in those veins at Lambeau Field. You just never really saw Rodgers make a mistake and his 39 yards rushing are almost an extra 80 yards passing in most league formats so he statistically had one of the best days of anyone this past weekend.
2010 Week 14 vs DET (7 / 11 / 46 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)
Rodgers left the game near the end of the first half with an apparent concussion. His performance up to that point was ordinary, but he was also the victim of a dropped pass on a perfectly thrown deep ball to Jennings, and an interception that was not his fault. The running game was not clicking and the Detroit line kept up the pressure on Rodgers, so he stuck with a mostly conservative passing game early on, which led to his lacklustre stat line. Truth be told, he didn't look very impressive at any point, but neither did was he panicked; he simply bided his time patiently, awaiting the right opportunity to present itself.
2010 Week 16 vs NYG (25 / 37 / 404 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 26 / 0 rush)
Rodgers was at the very top of his game on Sunday and the Giants defense was ill prepared to deal with him. Rodger's and his aerial assault could not be stopped as he easily converted third down after third down to keep drives alive. He spread the ball incredibly well amongst his receivers and all 4 of his touchdowns were to different players. Rodger's did not have a highly effective running game to work with but was something he could use at times. He enjoyed good pass protection for most of the game; sliding out of the pocket at times to make plays with his legs when he felt a strong rush. Rodgers really took advantage of how the corners were playing his dangerous receivers. In bump and run situations with the corner up close, he would hit a lot of fade and seam routes. When the DB's were playing off coverage, Rodgers would audible to slants and quick passes to try and take advantage, which he did very successfully. Rodgers had his way with this defense, never getting rattled and always able to hit the big play at will. It was a dominating a performance against a pressure based defense which he made look very mediocre on the day. Some credit has to go his offensive line; Rodgers had little trouble in the pocket while he surveyed the field. Rodgers also has an incredible arsenal at his disposal and the Giants could never match the depth of.
2010 Week 17 vs CHI (19 / 28 / 229 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 21 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers, like Jay Cutler, struggled to generate much offense in this game thanks to a great defensive effort from the Bears. Unlike last week's game when Rodgers routinely avoided pressure and eluded sacks, the Bears managed to corral him more often. Rodgers played a good game however and made a huge completion to Greg Jennings for a 46 yard gain to set up the eventual game winning touchdown. He was in control throughout the game, made nice reads and didn't force anything downfield. He was intercepted once but it was a very athletic pick by Charles Tillman. Rodgers expertly manipulated the two deep look of the Bears defense time and again and overall delivered a great performance.
2010 Week 18 vs PHI (18 / 27 / 180 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Rodgers wasn't asked to do too much in this game. The Packers are a much different team than they were in the playoffs a year ago. Rodgers handed the ball off, threw it short, and then threw it short some more. Only once did Rodgers ever seem to throw it deep, on a pass to James Jones at the end of the first half that Jones dropped. But aside from that, Rodgers evaded the Philly pressure by throwing short passes over and over again, and keeping the chains moving. In the first half, there were only 4 possessions by the Packers, as Rodgers was able to keep his offense on the field. Then in the 2nd, Rodgers spent most of his time handing the ball off, as his running back ran through the Eagles defense. However, as usual, Rodgers made the big throws in the redzone, and so despite passing for a small number of yards, he was able to put 3 td's on the board for his team and move to the 2nd round.
2010 Week 19 vs ATL (31 / 36 / 366 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 13 / 1 rush)
Rodgers has been showered with accolades and flattering articles in the press, after his flawless performance Saturday night. But what impresses me is the way that Rodgers can completely change his game from week to week. Against the Eagles, Rodgers avoided a blitzing defenses by quickly getting rid of the ball. He rarely went deep at all, keeping everything short. However against the Falcons, Rodgers attacked the Falcons defenders deep down the field, as he continually threw the ball 15-20 yards down the field and completed almost all of his passes. All four of his top receivers had 75 yards a piece, and only 5 of 31 completions went to tight ends or running backs. The most frustrating part of it for the Falcons, is that they continually had defenders who got to Rodgers, only to see him shake off a tackle and scramble to get a throw away or run for a first down. That portion of his game is what has to just frustrate defensive coordinators. He's not a huge guy like Roethlisberger, but he's just very hard to bring down. The defensive coaching staff in Chicago is going to get very little sleep this week after they watch the film of Rodgers performance vs Atlanta.
2010 Week 20 vs CHI (17 / 30 / 244 / 0 / 2 pass, 7 / 39 / 1 rush)
Rodgers was almost perfect on two early scoring drives (especially on play action passes) and it looked like he was going to shred the Bears defense for the time in his career. His fortunes started to turn when Donald Driver booted a low pass to Lance Briggs for an interception, and later in the second half he threw an interception directly to Brian Urlacher inside the Bears 10 on a drive that could have effectively ended the game. Rodgers later took a huge hit from Julius Peppers that seemed to shake him up and he was not as accurate or sharp for the rest of the game. It was Rodgers worst game in a long time, but he was bailed out by his defense.
2010 Week 21 vs PIT (24 / 39 / 304 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Rodgers truly had an MVP-worthy performance. If it wasn't for numerous dropped passes (mostly by Jordy Nelson), Rodgers could have easily had over 400 yards and five touchdowns. The offensive line deserves a big assist as Rodgers rarely had to deal with pressure. He remained aggressive throughout the game and kept the Steelers defensive backfield on their heels all day. Rodgers also made huge momentum plays, turning each of the Steelers three turnovers into touchdowns and giving the Packers a comfortable lead in second and fourth quarters. Except for a few errant throws, Rodgers was flawless.
2009 Week 1 vs CHI (17 / 28 / 184 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Rodgers was under constant pressure all night from the Chicago Bears. Whenever he dropped back, it seemed that Adewale Ogunleye knew the exact spot where he would be and was there almost as fast as Rodgers was when he dropped back. Rodgers was even sacked for a safety on a corner blitz by Daniel Manning, who wrapped Rodgers and his throwing arm up so he could not get rid of the ball. His numbers and production were limited up until late in the game due to the Bears' pass rush and several of his deeper throws to either WR Greg Jennings or WR Donald Driver were just off the mark. Rodgers kept firing but was limited to shorter completions until the final few minutes of the game. On a third and short with under two minutes to play the Packers decided to put in a two TE set and send Greg Jennings deep - and the Packers and Rodgers finally got the matchup they wanted with Nathan Vasher over top of Jennings. Rodgers delivered a pretty pass for a 50 yard strike to Jennings for his only touchdown of the contest, but it was just enough.
2009 Week 2 vs CIN (21 / 39 / 261 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 43 / 0 rush)
Rodgers and the Packer passing game were hurt early by dropped passes, then struggled to get on track late due to the frequent pressure allowed by the offensive line. When given time, Rodgers moved in the pocket well and hit his receivers in stride. He spread the ball to three of his four of his primary wideouts as well as both tight ends and Ryan Grant. He was hit often and sacked six times, however, which kept him from finding any consistent rhythm. Some of those hits were on Rodgers, who tended to hold the ball to let longer routes develop than take his checkdown options. Most of his rushing yards came on scrambles late in the fourth quarter two minute offense.
2009 Week 3 vs STL (13 / 23 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 38 / 1 rush)
After a slow start - in which the Packers offense twice started with the ball inside the Rams 20-yard-line only to settle for field goals each time - Rodgers showed why the Packers passing attack is feared. He found Donald Driver all over the field, connected with uncanny accuracy on his deep throws, and spread the ball around well enough that a third WR on this team has fantasy potential. Rodgers was often under pressure and forced to scramble but often made things happen, including a 5 yard touchdown run through the middle of the Rams defense. His play-action fakes sometimes had the entire defense fooled. His line easily could have been 4 passing TD's if his receivers had been able to come up with a couple of perfectly thrown passes.
2009 Week 4 vs MIN (26 / 37 / 384 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers played a hell of a game against his former mentor. It was too bad the Viking defense was just too much for the Packer offensive line to handle. Rodgers spent much of the game running for his life, specifically from Jared Allen who seemed to be at his throat for the entire night. Rodgers made the best of it, rolling out and scrambling, throwing designed screens and throwing the ball away. Whatever he could to keep the defense from dragging him down for a big sack. It helped, but wasn't quite enough. When he had time (or created it), Rodgers was spot on. He made short accurate throws and hit the open receiver down the field when it was available. His TD pass to Jermichael Finley was a nice play and his other TD pass to Jordy Nelson was equally impressive. Rodgers didn't force the ball and took whatever the defense would allow him to have. He checked down or screened to Ryan Grant a lot, giving Grant 50 yards receiving for the day. If it were up to Rodgers, the Packers would have won. But Donald Lee's key drop in the end zone on 4th and goal after a 14 play, 8 minute drive was a killer, and the offensive line couldn't keep the Viking front four from collapsing the pocket for most of the night. Despite being down 16 points at one point, Rodgers kept his cool and put his team in a position to win the game. A fine performance in a losing effort.
2009 Week 6 vs DET (29 / 37 / 358 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Rodgers got off to a fast start and ended up torching the Lions week secondary on his way to his 2nd straight 300 yard effort. His hot start culminated in two TD tosses, a 47 yard beauty down the middle to James Jones and then a short strike to FB John Kuhn. Despite being under duress many times and sacked 5 times he was very poised in control throughout this one. His awareness allowed him to escape the pocket and extend a couple of plays as well. Rodgers did the majority of his damage in the 1st half before the Green Bay play calling went conservative in the 2nd half. He turned the ball over twice late in the game on a fumble in the pocket and an INT on a great individual effort by rookie LB DeAndre Levy on the INT. Overall this game wasn't nearly as lopsided as it could have been thanks to breakdowns and penalties by the Packers offensive line. Green Bay lost left tackle Chad Clifton to an injury in the third quarter possibly hurting the same right ankle that caused him to miss the previous two games. Rodgers is an elite talent who will only be held back (if at all) by weak line play in front of him.
2009 Week 7 vs CLE (15 / 20 / 246 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 23 / 0 rush)
For the first time in weeks, the Packers' offensive line protected Rodgers well in the pocket. The Packers also used more rollouts to assist the line and Rodgers seemed more cognizant of the need to slide away from pressure in the pocket. One of those plays turned into a 19 yard scramble. Rodgers was accurate, delivering the ball to his receivers in stride, allowing Donald Driver and Spencer Havner to catch the ball at full speed and break long runs after the catch for touchdowns.
2009 Week 8 vs MIN (26 / 41 / 287 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 52 / 0 rush)
Rodgers was let down by his offensive line today, but once again, at least two or three of his sacks were on him for holding the ball too long. He was a bit erratic early, and his poor decisions cost the Packers a chance to convert a turnover in a touchdown early. In the second half, Rodgers did settle down and make the passing game look easy when he got time to throw. He kept plays alive in the red zone, finding Spencer Havner twice for touchdowns, and he also got a long gain as a runner when the play broke down. Rodgers also made a few excellent downfield throws on the move. When the game tightened up in the fourth quarter, Rodgers relied on too many low percentage throws, and generally seemed out of sync with his receivers. Rodgers made a downfield throw into double coverage instead of making a FG attempt shorter on third and long when the score was 31-26, and after Mason Crosby's miss, the Packers didn't seem to have the same fight in their comeback bid. There is nothing wrong with Rodgers from a fantasy perspective, but he is still looking a bit antsy when he drops back, and he needs a signature comeback win to get this offense going in the right direction.
2009 Week 9 vs TB (17 / 35 / 266 / 2 / 3 pass, 3 / 26 / 1 rush)
Rodgers put up the fantasy numbers his owners were looking for, but he let down his team once again with some poor decisions. Rodgers opened the game with an easy 74-yard TD pass to James Jones, but he followed that with an interceptions because he didn't read the nickel back patrolling the middle of the field. Rodgers was making plays vs. the soft TB secondary by improvising, but he was also playing too loose, holding the ball too long in the pocket, and displaying erratic accuracy and choice of targets. His other two INTs came on a deflected deep ball that was thrown into triple coverage, but on target, and a deflected ball on an attempted game-winning drive that was returned for a TD. Rodgers did get a rushing TD with a nifty move in the open field to elude Jimmy Wilkerson, and he also found a wide-open Donald Driver for a second passing TD, but he took too many sacks late in the game. Just like last season, Rodgers does not seem to have the ability to summon up his best football when the game is on the line.
2009 Week 10 vs DAL (25 / 36 / 189 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 15 / 1 rush)
Rodgers found himself under consistent pressure for the majority of the game in week 10. This pressure caused the entire offense to sputter and generally lack rhythm. Despite the barrage from the Dallas front 7, Rodgers took the game into his own hands in the 4th quarter engineering a 15 play, 80 yard drive that put Green Bay firmly in control. He capped the drive by punching it in himself from the 1 yd line. On the Packers next drive Rodgers hit TE Spencer Havner with a short TD pass. All told, Rodgers played under control in spite of the pressure, finishing the game without turning the ball over and accounting for both of the Packers TD's.
2009 Week 11 vs SF (32 / 45 / 344 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 13 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had a mostly good game against the 49ers, but he did backslide a bit in the second half, after making it through the first half without taking a sack (although he did draw an intentional grounding call). Rodgers moved around the pocket well, but he didn't look as antsy or impatient as he has in weeks past, except in the red zone. Rodgers couldn't get the Packers in the end zone on two early drives, but it didn't come back to haunt him because he was able to hit Greg Jennings in stride out of the shotgun in the second quarter, and Jennings did the rest to get the long TD that has been eluding him this year. Rodgers was accurate and on-time with most of his throws, allowing his receivers to create good yards after catch using their talents, just as Jordy Nelson did when he used his size and quicks to score despite facing at least two oncoming tacklers. Rodgers also displayed his willingness to pull down the ball and run for good gains in the red zone. He struggled in the second half, taking two sacks, but Rodgers made the throw he needed to in the late 4th quarter to get a key first down and help ice the game.
2009 Week 12 vs DET (28 / 39 / 348 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
On paper this looked to be on the juicier matchups that Rodgers would see all year. The Lions defense is soft and full of holes in the secondary. Out of the gate the Lions defense played even softer than usual giving Rodgers a lot of time to survey the field and find open receivers. Even though the Packers used the run to set up the pass virtually all game, Rodgers carved up the Lions D for 348 yards and touchdowns with Driver, Lee, and James Jones. He made a couple of stellar plays on the run and extended plays with ease. Rodgers consistent high level of play week to week is head-turning considering the amount of pressure he plays with behind the GB O-line. He is one of the best QBs in the league right now.
2009 Week 13 vs BAL (26 / 40 / 263 / 3 / 2 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)
Rodgers hung in well against a swarming defense. He had decent protection for most of the game, and moved around well when he didn't. Rodgers appeared much calmer in the pocket than he did earlier in the season, although his one INT came on a deep ball that he didn't step into when Kelly Gregg was bearing down on him. The ball floated way past the intended receiver, Greg Jennings. Rodgers made hay with Jermichael Finley working the middle of the field, and he also hit Jennings and James Jones on timing routes to keep the Ravens D off balance. Rodgers had a long gain as a runner and generally used his feet to attack the Ravens and extended the play when it didn't come open as designed. His second INT came on a low pass that deflected off of Donald Driver's thigh, but overall Rodgers was very accurate, and he made great decisions. Rodgers could have had at least 50-75 more yard if the Ravens hadn't been so grabby in coverage, committing numerous pass interference penalties. He has arrived as an elite fantasy QB in the Brady/Brees/Peyton tier.
2009 Week 14 vs CHI (16 / 24 / 180 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -6 / 0 rush)
The Packers opened up a lead on their first play from scrimmage with a long Ryan Grant TD run, so Rodgers did not air it out in his usual fashion vs. the Bears. He did try a few deep shots early, including a perfect bomb to Greg Jennings that he couldn't hold all the way to the ground, and then an overthrow of Jennings in the end zone, but mostly Rodgers stuck to short throws to move the offense. The Packers visited the red zone two more times in the first half, but Rodgers was denied a touchdown throw by a sack, a batted pass, and an low throw to Donald Driver. A throw to Driver on the red zone visit in the second half drew a pass interference call, and then Grant collected the one-yard TD. Rodgers was also under some pressure as the OL issues that limited him in the first half of the season started to surface again in this game. He gets the Steelers next week, which has actually turned into a decent matchup for opposing QBs.
2009 Week 15 vs PIT (26 / 48 / 383 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 22 / 1 rush)
Rodgers really did everything necessary for the Packers to win this one, and if they had gotten the ball one more time, they probably would have won. His numbers were massive, but they could have been even better if he and his receivers didn't start slow. He did face some early pressure and also had to shrug off some drops by his receivers, but eventually he struck with the deep ball and quick timing passes to keep the defense off balance. Rodgers also pulled down the ball and ran in one of Green Bay's three TDs. He had a lot of time to throw in the second half and the Steelers were powerless to stop him from locating one of his many targets downfield. Rodgers converted third and longs to keep drives going all day, and he was able to move the chains a lot in the fourth quarter by hitting his new favorite target, Jermichael Finley. Rodgers gave Finley the high ball to allow him to elevate over the Steelers defender on Finley's TD catch, and his deep throw to Jennings that was taken to the house was also perfect. Rodgers is slated to the #1 fantasy QB off the boards in 2010, and with good reason.
2009 Week 16 vs SEA (12 / 23 / 237 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Rodgers was sacked twice in the opening series (though one play was called back on an offside penalty). On the second series, he looked just fine thought, tossing a screen pass to Brandon Jackson for a touchdown. Rodgers played it perfectly, and drew a roughing the passer penalty at the same time. The downside of his game was the sacks - the Packers were not giving him much protection, as often the tight end and running backs would run routes rather than pass block. His numbers were good but not amazing, mainly because of the lead and a very productive running game. Rodgers made a few nice deep passes to Greg Jennings, though not all were caught. With the game easily in hand, Rodgers was rested in the fourth quarter.
2009 Week 17 vs ARI (21 / 26 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 1 rush)
By watching the stellar play of Rodgers early in this game, one might think it was a playoff game with everything on the line. Rather than sitting and resting in a meaningless game, Rodgers came out fired up, flinging the rock around with zeal and abandonment. He was converting 4th and 1's on QB sneaks, throwing with confidence and marching the Pack down field with ease. Rodgers also scored his 5th rushing TD of the season, set up by a 51-yard catch by Jordy Nelson. His only passing TD came in the third quarter when he found TE Jermichael Finley on the outside in man coverage and threw a perfect fade pass in the end zone for 5 yards. Had this game been close or mattered, he may have racked up some huge numbers, but when the Packers went up by the score of 33 - 0, his day was over by the end of the 3rd quarter. The Packers offense is the first offense in NFL history to have a 4,000 yard QB, a 1,200 yard RB, and two 1,000 WR's. Rodgers has this offense playing lights out and will be formidable foe as they get a rematch next week in the wild card round.
2009 Week 18 vs ARI (28 / 42 / 422 / 4 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 1 rush)
Rodgers got off to a horrible start, with an ill-advised first throw of the day that was deflected and picked. If it hadn't been deflected, it might have been picked anyway because the receiver targeted was well-covered. Another Packers turnover put them into a big hole early, but Rodgers was able to keep the ship from taking on too much water by scoring on a one-yard sneak and leading a field goal drive at the end of the first half to keep the Pack within two scores. He overcame a shaky start when he was relegated to nibbling at the edges of the defense by jumpstarting the offense with a perfect throw to Greg Jennings down the middle. The Cards opened up a 21-point lead early in the third quarter, but Rodgers was undaunted and played almost perfect football for the rest of the second half. He led them to five consecutive scores, including back to back scores after a successful onsides kick. Rodgers timing, accuracy, and work when he was outside the pocket was outstanding, although he did require a little help from Jennings, who made a one-handed stab on a short TD that will go down as one of the best plays of this postseason. Rodgers eviscerated the Cardinals defense with numerous long plays to Jermichael Finley, and his third-down conversion throw to Finley in the red zone late in the fourth quarter set up the game-tying score. The Packers won the overtime coin toss after Neil Rackers missed a chipshot to win the game, but a Mike Adams sack separated him from the ball and Karlos Dansby returned it for a TD to end the instant classic. Rodgers did have a chance to end the game when Jennings got open deep on first down, but Rodgers couldn't make an accurate throw. Still, Rodgers still showed that he can summon up his best when it matters the most, and we'll see him put on some playoff shows in the future. It's hard to imagine any other QB going first off the board in fantasy drafts next season.
2008 Week 1 vs MIN (18 / 22 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 35 / 1 rush)
Rodgers played well in his first NFL start by making few mistakes and completing a high percentage of his passes. He fumbled a snap early in first quarter but fell on it to maintain possession. On the team's third possession Rodgers hit Greg Jennings on a deep 66 yard pass - taking advantage of CB Charles Gordon who was playing in place of recently-injured CB Cedric Griffin. A few plays later, on third and goal from the one yard line, Rodgers moved to avoid a hit and then threw a laser to a diving FB Korey Hall for a touchdown. He also moved well in the backfield, avoiding sacks and running for first downs when able throughout the game. He looked poised and composed, showing very little evidence that this game was his first NFL start.
2008 Week 2 vs DET (24 / 38 / 328 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 25 / 0 rush)
In the first road start of his career, Rodgers displayed just the skills that made the Packers comfortable with letting Brett Favre go. Despite the fact that the Detroit pass rush was able to get pressure on him all day long, Rodgers displayed an impressive ability to escape the rush, buy time, and connect with his receivers downfield. By the end of the first half he had spread the ball to seven different receivers, gone 16 for 20, amassed three touchdowns, over 200 yards, and earned a near perfect QB rating of 150.0. While his second half was not nearly as impressive as his first, Rodgers was still able to recover from two third quarter fumbles (one on a bad snap), regain his composure and capably manage the offense as it was forced to make up for early fourth quarter Packer defensive lapses that allowed Detroit back into the game. Only two of Rodgers' 38 pass attempts appeared in any danger of being intercepted, and while he connected on two 60+ yard passes to WR Greg Jennings, he could have had perhaps two more had he displayed just a little more accuracy.
2008 Week 3 vs DAL (22 / 39 / 290 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 10 / 1 rush)
QB Aaron Rodgers suffered the first loss of his young career. He did not force the ball or make any major mistakes. They were simply unable to punch the ball into the end zone when close. They also had trouble converting third downs. His deep pass to WR Donald Driver was a thing of beauty as he hit a wide open Driver in mid-stride for a 50 yard gain. He also appears to have a strong rapport with WR Greg Jennings and frequently went to TE Donald Lee when they were trying for some quick scores late in the contest.
2008 Week 4 vs TB (14 / 27 / 165 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Things looked promising for Rodgers early on as he led Green Bay to a touchdown on the team's opening drive. The Green Bay signal caller capped the initial series with a 25 yard touchdown pass to WR Greg Jennings. Rodgers struggled for the remainder of the afternoon, but he got Green Bay back in the game when he threaded a laser to Jennings in the third quarter that went for a 48 yard score. Rodgers sat out a series in the fourth quarter after he injured his shoulder on a run in which he came down on his extended, right arm. After missing the one drive, he came back in with Green Bay down by two, but his third interception of the game ended up being his final pass as QB Matt Flynn came in for the final Packers' series.
2008 Week 5 vs ATL (25 / 37 / 313 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Rodgers got off to a slow start as his first completion of the game did not come until near the beginning of the second quarter when he hit TE Donald Lee for a pick up of seven. He heated up quickly though, as later on in that drive he threw a perfect deep ball to WR Donald Driver that went for a 44 yard score. Driver was double covered on the play, but the Green Bay quarterback dropped the pass into his receiver's hands perfectly. Following a couple of throws in the third quarter, Rodgers was shown grimacing as his injured throwing arm hung at his side. He stayed in the game and threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Rodgers' lone interception of the game was a killer though as it came in the fourth quarter and gave Falcons the ball at the Packers' 19 yard line. It was a bad decision that was easily intercepted. Atlanta turned that interception into a touchdown that put the Packers down by ten late in the game.
2008 Week 6 vs SEA (21 / 30 / 208 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 23 / 1 rush)
You could see Rodgers grimacing in the first part of the game as he worked through his shoulder issue. The Green Bay coaching staff admitted that he wasn't going to be throwing four to five passes in a row during this game. Rodgers didn't need to. He did not let the pain show through. After one hard hit Rodgers actually pushed the defenders helmet into the ground as he was pushing himself up off the ground. His throws were very accurate and he hit Greg Jennings in stride on the long TD play. He was hitting timing routes with precision. Rodgers stayed in the pocket and did not rush plays. There were a lot of comparisons being made to Brett Favre because of how Rodgers played through this injury.
2008 Week 7 vs IND (21 / 28 / 186 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
QB Aaron Rodgers continues to show no signs of slowdown due to his nagging shoulder injury. At one point, Rodgers completed thirteen straight completions and it was only broken-up by a spike of the ball to stop the clock as the first half was winding down. Rodgers spread the ball around to eight different receivers and did not make any mistakes in leading the team to an impressive victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
2008 Week 9 vs TEN (22 / 41 / 314 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had quite a lot of trouble against a strong defense that appeared well prepared for the Packers to throw all day. Even though it started out rough, they did not abandon it, as Rodgers adjusted well and in the second half found a wide open Donald Driver all over the field, after targeting him only twice in the first half. He did not favor any one receiver overall, but seemed to lock on to one or the other for stretches at a time. He was not afraid to throw into tight man coverage, but in most cases, those throws became incompletions.
2008 Week 10 vs MIN (15 / 26 / 142 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Coming back from on the commercial breaks during the fourth quarter was a highlight reel of all the hits that Aaron Rodgers took today. And, the game was not over yet. Aaron Rodgers did not have time to throw the ball at all. There were a few big plays for first down and one touchdown called back because of offensive line penalties. The offensive line was the reason for the Packers offense struggling. In the first half they were showing footage of Rodgers bicep bruise. Rodgers was very frustrated but he played hard and never gave up. Twice he was tackled for safeties but Rodgers can't be blamed. Rodgers didn't have breathing room and on one play he passed to a receiver but the official ruled it an illegal forward pass.
2008 Week 11 vs CHI (23 / 30 / 227 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had a good game, despite not being asked to do too much due to the success of the running game. Rodgers' throws were on mark for the most part, as he completed 23 of his 30 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. His lone blemish was on a deep pass that Brian Urlacher intercepted, aside from that he was magnificent. Rodgers' first touchdown pass came in the first quarter on a short slant route to Greg Jennings, and he later threw a second touchdown in the third quarter to Donald Lee.
2008 Week 12 vs NO (23 / 41 / 248 / 2 / 3 pass, 8 / 36 / 1 rush)
QB Aaron Rodgers managed a strong first half performance but struggled against a suddenly inspired Saints' defense in the second half. Rodgers threw three interceptions in the final two quarters and only put together a single scoring drive as the Saints piled on the points. At times, Rodgers was quick to leave the pocket and run. He missed a wide-open WR Greg Jennings the first quarter on what would have been an easy score. He was often inaccurate throughout the game but demonstrated a lot of arm strength by putting a lot of zip on the ball. Rodgers' third pick was late in the game on a desperate fourth down pass after the game was far out of reach for Green Bay.
2008 Week 13 vs CAR (29 / 45 / 298 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 26 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers played in his coldest game of his life. He was a little high on his first two possessions but after that you wouldn't know the temperature. The Packers scored on two consecutive drives and then Rodgers converted the two point conversion to WR Greg Jennings to tie the game. To start one of those scoring drives, Rodgers hit Donald Driver in stride will sitting in the endzone. It was amazing to see what the Green Bay QB could do when the offensive line gave him some time. Rodgers targeted ten different receivers. Rodgers had the chance to be a hero as the Packers had the ball with a minute remaining trailing by four. He threw a bad interception though and pretty much ended the Packers' chances.
2008 Week 14 vs HOU (19 / 30 / 295 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Rodgers completed nearly two thirds of his passes for 295 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Rodgers spread the ball around to nine different Green Bay receivers with no Packer catching more than three passes. Green Bay struggled to sustain drives, however; the Packers did not successfully convert a third down until the fourth quarter and only converted one during the game. Rodgers completions included a 63 yard pass to Greg Jennings and a 59 yard pass to Donald Driver. He lost a 45 yard completion to Driver due to offensive pass interference. The pass was right on the money. Rodgers also missed Driver on another potential big gainer early in the game, but that might have been due to the fact the Dunta Robinson grabbed the receiver once Driver had beaten him. Rodgers gained four yards the only time he ran. He also avoided a potentially crushing sack near the Green Bay goal line and was able to dump off a pass for a six yard gain.
2008 Week 15 vs JAX (20 / 32 / 278 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
Rodgers had an uneven game. While he made several good throws and connected with his wide receivers on the majority of them, he did not lead his team to enough touchdowns. He missed receivers at times when they broke open heading towards the end zone, and apart from his touchdown pass to Jennings, his other four red zone passes netted a total of two yards. One of those passes came when it was apparent there was confusion on his teammates' part as to where to line up, and he snapped the ball instead of calling a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty. The pass resulted in no gain and Green Bay had to settle for a field goal. Rodgers' only interception came on the Packers' last offensive play of the game.
2008 Week 16 vs CHI (24 / 39 / 260 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -6 / 0 rush)
The Packers had more success passing the ball in the first half as Rodgers was 16 for 24 for 176 yards. Rodgers led Green Bay on a long drive and finished it off with a nice seven yard touchdown pass to WR Greg Jennings. Rogers played very well in the first half, despite having an interception off a deflected pass. The Bears didn't get much of a pass rush early in the game. He almost connected on a big pass deep down the field late in the first half with WR Donald Driver, but Driver could not hold onto the ball. Rogers' second touchdown pass came on little screen pass to RB Ryan Grant on a play in which Grant broke a tackle and scampered into the end zone. Rodgers and the Packers faded again in the fourth quarter and simply did not make plays when they needed too late in the game, specifically when they had the ball inside the five yard and a first down midway through the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 17 vs DET (21 / 31 / 308 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Aaron Rodgers capped off his first season as a starter with a big game against the Lions. Rodgers completed 21 of 31 passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. His first score came on a three yard pass to TE Jermichael Finley and Rodgers followed that up with a five yard scoring pass to RB John Kuhn. Rodgers hit WR Donald Driver on a 71 yard scoring strike on a nice double move for his third score of the game that extended the Packer lead to ten. His only rush went for a one yard loss and Rodgers did have a fumble, but the ball was recovered by Green Bay.
2007 Week 13 vs DAL (18 / 26 / 201 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 30 / 0 rush)
Rodgers stepped in for an injured QB Brett Favre in the second quarter and went five for eight for 69 yards the rest of the half. He would get his first NFL touchdown pass late in the half to WR Greg Jennings on an 11 yard pass. He did a good job of moving the Packers down the field to cut the deficit to only ten points at halftime. Rodgers led Green Bay down the field on there first possession of the second half on a 69 yard touchdown drive. Rogers threw for 55 yards and ran for nine yards on that drive as he looked really good leading the Packers offense and pulled them within three points of the Cowboys. He did a good job of using his legs scrambling for 30 yards. If Green Bay can take anything from this loss, it is that Rogers looks like a capable backup and can come in and make some plays to move the offense.
2006 Week 4 vs PHI (2 / 3 / 14 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rodgers entered the game for the final four minutes after Brett Favre suffered an apparent head / shoulder injury. He only attempted three passes, completing two and drawing a pass interference call after Greg Jennings was impeded at the two yard line on what would have been a touchdown.
2006 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 12 / 32 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
The second year signal caller from California replaced the injured Brett Favre but couldn't get the offense going. The Patriots concentrated on pressuring Rodgers, who was still able to scramble for 11 yards. He ended the day with just four completions out of 12 attempts for 32 yards.
2005 Week 15 vs BAL (8 / 15 / 65 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Rodgers replaced Favre at the very end of the third quarter. He had a rather inauspicious start to his pro career, throwing one interception and losing two fumbles, the later of which was returned for a touchdown. He was also sacked three times in the fourth quarter. He showed a few flashes of his talent though, often scrambling outside of the pocket to find an open receiver. He seemed to make a connection with wide out Antonio Chatman, as Rodgers targeted him five times, hooking up for three catches. His interception was intended for Robert Ferguson.