Packers XLV

A Perfect Day in Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood

Posted October 21st, 2019 @ 01:10pm

We Packer fans in the Twin Cities get assaulted by Vikings fans week after week, year after year, with the fact that the Packers have just two Super Bowl titles to show for a quarter century of Hall of Fame quarterback play.

Never mind the fact that winning championships goes way beyond stellar QB play. Peyton Manning won just one with the Colts. John Elway didn't win his first till he was 37. Dan Marino never won one.

My comeback is always the same: of course we'd love to have more Super Bowl titles. And maybe we will before Rodgers hangs them up. But what we Packers fans have been entitled to witness, week in and week out for more than 25 years, is exemplary quarterback play every single game. With Favre and Rodgers, you're never out of a game and you never know what kind of artistry you'll get to witness on any given Sunday.

On Sunday, for the first time in these heady 25 years, we saw quarterback perfection--just days after the Athletic published a story telling us that over the past few years Rodgers has basically been Andy Dalton. I'm not a fan of the phrase 'fake news,' but maybe old #12 caught wind of that story and decided to make a statement. He's the first Packer QB to ever finish a game with a perfect passer rating, and of continues to be the NFL's all time career leader in that department.

I think it's safe to say that Rodgers is getting comfortable in Matt LaFleur's offense. On a day when his top receiver was out and the next two were playing at less than 100%, we got a virtuoso performance from Rodgers, finding five different receivers for touchdowns, making good use of his running backs in the passing game and doing most of his damage from the pocket, staying on script and on time. For Packer fans, yesterday was NFL porn.

There were some nervous moments early. Rookie Josh Jacobs was carving up yards on the ground and the Raiders were hanging around, threatening to take a 17-14 lead late in the first half, when Derek Carr did Derek Carr things: that's the second time he's fumbled into the end zone trying to reach out for the pylon. It was the clear turning point in the game, as Rodgers led a two minute drive for a score and then opened the half with another and suddenly it was 28-10 and it was all she wrote.

It was not a perfect day for the defense, however. The Raiders amassed nearly 500 yards of offense, including 155 on the ground and were unable to sack Derek Carr. The Smiths' new Halloween-themed sack celebration will have to wait another week. The secondary struggled again to contain a talented tight end and they'll face the best in the business next week in Kansas City, albeit with a backup quarterback. It will help to get Darnell Savage back from his ankle injury--the defense clearly misses him.

The Pack will play just one home game between now and December 8th, with four of the next five on the road. And with the resurgent Vikings breathing down their necks, there's very little room for error. Minnesota still has all three division games coming at home in December so the Pack will need to stay a step or two ahead. The Chiefs, minus Patrick Mahomes, loom next on Sunday night at Arrowhead. The Packers opened as three point favorites, but once again will face a team with extra time to prepare and have speedy playmakers like Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy to deal with.

Through seven weeks, the Pack has as many wins as they had all last season and they seem to have the chemistry in the locker room that's been lacking of late. The NFC is loaded, but Rodgers and company appear to be getting better and better. And on Sunday, their most important player was perfect.

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Comments (19):

What, Cousins still has better numbers? It seems like the Vikings are hanging around where "Kissing Cousins" will get another shot at GB in a big game. I know none of you want that.

on October 21st, 2019 at 07:51pm

I have to say I might have to stop watching nfl. I used to enjoy football, but now the refs just call bad calls. I guess it happens in all sports too though still pissed at the no calls in yankees twins series. Skol!

on October 21st, 2019 at 08:13pm

Now I've got them posting under my name. I'm in there really deep. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

on October 21st, 2019 at 08:28pm

Davy: I'm surprised you did not use this I will take it..."RODGERS PITCHES PERFECT GAME". Years from now when he is inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this game will be remembered in an induction speech. G O PACK GO !!

on October 21st, 2019 at 09:00am

We miss Savage. I can hardly believe how much the improved safety play has made to this defense. Amos has been the promised upgrade, but he needs his partner back there too. Redmond has been just ok. With Savage on the field this defense is just way better. Rodgers is a master, not just at football , but at the rules of football. Sometimes it looks like he's playing the refs like a piano as much as he's playing the defense. He sees every defensive penalty and draw attention to them with his "throw aways". I suspect this game will be lost in a sea of future victories, OSSG

on October 21st, 2019 at 09:52am

this team looks to be special. Hopefully next week our defense will be better. Nice job Rodgers

on October 21st, 2019 at 10:19am

No breath to be held. After our young wide out once again "flash" and Ryan Grant is acquired, no breath will be held that the Packers will attempt to go all in and trade for a starting caliber wide out. Sanu and Sanders have found new homes on teams that will make the playoffs. The Packers will stand pat at wide out. I sometimes wonder if we have fallen so hard in love with the Donald Driver story that we about forgotten the Bill Schroeder and even more forgettable that greatly outnumber the successes. I sincerely hope this "safe play" pays off.

on October 22nd, 2019 at 03:14pm

LynnDickeyFan....I agree. We missed on Sanders and Sanu. Gutey...dont be like TT and fall in love with undrafted free agents. This is Rodgers team and get him veteran help. Vets come thru especially at playoff time. Baseball fans saw when teams do not aquire starting pitching. Well....our starting pitcher needs another starting catcher. When Adams comes back he cant do it all. And you cant rely on 8 different receivers every game. As LDF says this is not the "Donald Driver Story." GO PACK GO !!

on October 22nd, 2019 at 04:58pm

Given all the receiver injury concerns going into the game it was a particularly impressive win tempered only by the fact that it was the Raiders and at Lambeau. The Packers will be going on an extended road trip in 4 of the next 6, although that looks less daunting than at the start of the season or even a week or two ago. A lot depends on the injury situation but if the Pack is essentially healthy with their front line players they should be a "worst" of 9-4 or a "best of 11-2 before the closing tour of NFC North rivals.

on October 23rd, 2019 at 06:03am

6 offensive holding calls on the Vikings tonight. That would take two seasons in Lambeau to get 6 holds. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

on October 24th, 2019 at 10:01pm

Davey, You should really look this site over. It list penalties for each team in a game and against for the teams they are playing. Just look at Green Bay and laugh. It's unbelievable. One of the lowest penalized teams in the league for yardage, and no is even close to green bay in yards against. Pure coincidence as per usual.

on October 24th, 2019 at 10:29pm

598 yards in opponent penalties in 7 games, ranked number 1, and it ain't close. That's close to 100 yards a game. Holy bleep! That new coach must be teaching some awesome techniques or something. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

on October 25th, 2019 at 05:10pm

25 years of HOF quarterbacking will end after Rodgers retires.... you're due for at least a decade of crappy QB play. Time for the Pack's fan base to un-spoil themselves

on October 25th, 2019 at 07:27pm

That’s a stupid comment Jerry but typical Minnesota,it’s hard getting there and winning it,you should know,what did we do in those 25 years,a lot of choking,they won 2 idiot,that’s our fan base!!!

on October 25th, 2019 at 09:54pm

Greg what’s with the lol after your posts,you in middle school LoLLoLLoLLoLLoL,maybe I’ll see you at the Halloween dance 🥰LoL

on October 25th, 2019 at 10:08pm

We’ve had more talent in Minnesota than any other team in the NFL in the last 58 years Jerry,How did we do Jerry,Moron!!!

on October 25th, 2019 at 10:19pm

Let’s see,we traded everything for Herschel Walker,drafted Friggen Ponder in the first round and gave an unproven chicken 84 million,yeah right,we’re a brilliant organization!!!

on October 25th, 2019 at 10:39pm

Greg what a whining loser,our purple pussies are known for holding cause there always beat,the refs are picking on us,boo who who,there’s lots more holding calls coming on them and ugly Cousins will be back!!! Boo who who keep whining idiot,Vikings fan base is stupid!!!

on October 25th, 2019 at 10:55am

I agree purple troll,I’m so thankful the Vikings management and fan base is stupid, I got away with poor coaching and overrated players and collected a lot of paychecks,samething is going on today and has been for years.

on October 25th, 2019 at 11:12am

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