Following the Packers convincing 24-3 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon, it is only fitting to award the Week 6 Game Ball to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Despite a quiet second half for the Packers offense, Rodgers finished the game with 310-yards and three touchdowns next to his name while granting Green Bay their sixth win of the season. What was most impressive though was Rodgers’ patience in the pocket, as the offensive line bought him much more time compared to a week ago.
On the day, I thought Rodgers missed a few passes that were easy completions. Wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings didn’t help the cause, but even with one unlucky interception next to his name, Rodgers’ eleven incompletions hardly tarnished his performance.
The obvious play of the day came from Jordy Nelson during a 93-yard touchdown catch. Full credit goes to Nelson for his footwork, but Rodgers’ ability to hang the ball between two Rams defenders shouldn’t go unnoticed.
What was also great to see was Rodgers’ scrambling ability in full force. When rolling out to his left during the second quarter on play-action, Rodgers found a small window to hit wide receiver James Jones in his stride and made it stick for a touchdown. The same play also occurred when Rodgers scrambled to the line of scrimmage to drop a touchdown pass to Driver later in the game.
Overall, third down struggles still remain for the offense after the Packers completed just four of thirteen attempts on Sunday. For once penalties seem to be behind the Packers though, especially on the offensive line, and Rodgers’ blindside was protected well after the o-line gave up four sacks last week.
In the end Rodgers broke another record on Sunday, becoming the first starting quarterback to post a passer rating of 100 or above in his first six starts. And if Tim Tebow outplays Rodgers from his living room this week, I’ll be surprised.
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