It’s been near impossible to flaw Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the past seven weeks, and after losing out to Tim Tebow in ESPN’s wacky passer rating statistics a fortnight ago, Week 7 saw Rodgers take the cake once again.
Ranking above Tom Brady, Drew Brees and surprisingly, Eli Manning, Rodgers sits atop the quarterback standings with a passer rating of 125.7. On Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers torched Leslie Frazier’s doughnut secondary for most of the game, but if it weren’t for a few silly drops from his receivers, Rodgers could have finished with just three incompletions next to his name.
On the other side of the ball, things aren’t quite so peachy. The Packers pass defense continues to slump, ranking 31st in the league after allowing Christian Ponder to throw for 219-yards and two touchdowns this week. Things looked shaky from the first play of the game after Charlie Peprah was caught off guard during a Ponder-Michael Jenkins connection, but luckily the play was brought back.
If observations are worth anything, it’s also fair to say that the Packers defense has struggled this season with rookie quarterbacks. Cam Newton went to town on Dom Capers secondary earlier in the season, and even after Philip Rivers threw two interceptions against the Jets this Sunday, Mike McCarthy won’t take the Chargers passing game lightly.
At the moment, the Packers dream of having a well-rounded football team that can march to another Super Bowl is only half complete. Rodgers and the offense are there, but the pass defense continues to be the let-down.
Overall, the good news is that Sam Shields returns following the bye week after nursing a concussion. The bad news is, the Packers defense is allowing an average of 288.9 yards per game, not to mention a growing number of running yards as the games draw on.