The Green Bay Packers are currently on a four game winning streak and have been explosive on offense even without key weapons. In the last two weeks, the offense has scored an average of 37.5 points per game without Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley. Why have they been so solid? Balance and of course, that bad man himself, Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers have relied on the running game much more the past few weeks, and it has allowed rookie Eddie Lacy to prove that he is a powerful back that can run downhill, block and catch the ball out of the backfield. His presence in the backfield has changed the way defenses go about playing the Packers.
Lacy has been fantastic, but there is no doubt the leader of the Packers offense is Rodgers. In an article I wrote a few weeks back, I came out and said Rodgers would not miss a beat even with all the injuries. He has certainly made me look smart.
This past week in a road divisional match-up against the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers had a career night. He threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers aren’t the best of Rodgers’ career, but his completion percentage and QBR were. He finished 24-for-29 on the night and hit six different players with passes. His final completion percentage was 82 percent and his QBR was 98.6. These numbers prove that Rodgers can make plays and be just as productive with or without his key threats on offense.
In order for the Packers to contend for a championship, they will need to have guys like Jones, Cobb and Finley to get healthy. There is no doubt they are players who make a huge difference on offense, but while they are out expect Rodgers to continue to be successful and make the best of any situation that he is put into.