Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 34-of-42 passes for a career-high 480 yards and threw four touchdowns in a 38-20 demolition win over the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Rodgers’ 480 passing yards tied Matt Flynn for the most passing yards in a single-game in franchise history.
The Packers may have lost wide receivers Greg Jennings (free agency) and Donald Driver (retirement) in the offseason, but in Green Bay, it doesn’t matter who you have when you possess the best quarterback in today’s NFL. Two games into the young 2013 season, Rodgers has recorded 813 passing yards, has thrown seven touchdown passes and only one interception.
Since Packers General Manager Ted Thompson used his first ever draft selection on Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Packers’ star quarterback has received a massive amount of criticism by fans and the media throughout his nine-year career. Rodgers was the man anointed to replace legendary quarterback Brett Favre in Green Bay; nobody wanted to see Favre leave and nobody cared to see Rodgers lining up under center for the Packers in place of their hero.
In his third-year as the Packers starter, Rodgers led the Packers to their first Super Bowl win in 14 years and won Super Bowl MVP. The next season, the Packers finished 15-1 and Rodgers won league MVP after throwing 45 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games. After the 2012 season had come to a halt in January at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, many pundits were critical of Rodgers’ possible lack of leadership on the Packers.
Even Jennings, known as one of the classiest Packers players during his seven-year career, often criticized Rodgers for being a “poor teammate” in Green Bay. In two games with his new team, the division-rival Minnesota Vikings, Jennings has eight catches for 117 yards and no touchdowns. Compared to current Packers receivers Randall Cobb (16 receptions, 235 yards, 2 TD), Jordy Nelson (10 receptions, 196 yards, 3 TD), James Jones (11 receptions, 178 yards), and tight end Jermichael Finley (11 receptions, 121 yards, 2 TD), the Packers are better off without Jennings.
Is it shocking to see the Packers’ offense continue rolling after losing such an important offensive weapon? Not really. How you ask? Because of the man who dons the No. 12 for the Green Bay Packers proudly. He is the reason why the Packers’ offense will continue to roll over opposing defensive units.