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Rodgers strong play has Packers off to 71 start

Verfasst: Sa 12. Dez 2020, 04:44
von Okoronkwo
GREEN BAY, Wis. Aaron Rodgers is coming off consecutive near-perfect games for the rolling Green Bay Packers.Rodgers led the Packers past the Oakland Raiders last week and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. On the heels of throwing five TD passes against the Raiders, Rodgers added three more against the Chiefs.After throwing eight touchdown passes in the first six games, Rodgers has thrown eight the past two games including a remarkable 3-yard touchdown pass to running back Jamaal Williams in the fourth quarter with two Chiefs defenders in his face. His strong play has helped the Packers to their best start since opening 13-0 in 2011 Some of those throws just leave you speechless, to be honest with you, coach Matt LaFleur said.Making Rodgers performances all the more impressive is hedone it without star receiver Davante Adams, who missed his fourth consecutive game with turf toe.Weve found a way to win, Rodgers said after the 31-24 victory over the Chiefs. It hasnt been the prettiest the entire time. Therebeen some pretty moments, though. Ita lot of guys really pitching in it itgiven those guys a chance to gain some confidence. At the same time, were excited about getting back at some point.Rodgers is playing so well that LaFleur took a chance on third-and-5 at the two-minute warning. He could have kept the ball on the ground and drained 45 seconds off the clock. Instead, he called a pass. An incompletion would have stopped the clock and given the Chiefs a chance to rally. Instead, Rodgers fired a pass into the flat to running back Aaron Jones for the clinching first down.WHATS WORKINGJones wasnt much of a factor in the passing game his first two seasons but has become a major option this season. Not only does he have a team-leading 466 rushing yards, but he paces the club with 34 receptions almost matching the 35 receptions he had in his first two seasons combined. Against the Chiefs, he had a 50-yard catch in the first half, a 67-yard touchdown in the second half and the clinching third-down conversion production as a receiver could put defenses in a bind, because hebeen routinely beating linebackers in coverage. The answer for opposing defensive coordinators would be to use an extra defensive back, but that would invite Jones to get the ball in the running game.I think when we get in some of those empty formations or we have the back out wide, LaFleur said, it forces the defense to make a decision, if theyre in man coverage, of, All right, who are we going to match up with who' Then itour responsibility to try to exploit the best matchup.WHATS NOT WORKING Green Baypass defense, which is fourth with eight interceptions, fourth with 39 passes defensed and 14th with 20 sacks, has made some big plays. However, on a play-to-play basis, the Packers have given up big games to Dallas Dak Prescott, OaklandDerek Carr and the Chiefs Matt Moore. The Packers are 24th with 7.30 yards allowed per pass play. Up next the Chargers Philip Rivers, who is on pace to pass for more than 4,600 yards.