At Home in the Dome: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Hopes to Continue Dominance Indoors
Remember back in the mid-90′s, when every time the Green Bay Packers ventured into an indoor stadium, you knew something horrific was about to unfold? Well, you can stash those memories away. The days when domed disasters were common place are now long gone with Aaron Rodgers under center.
The Packers quarterback has simply taken his game to another level when Green Bay plays in the comfortable conditions of indoor stadiums. In 15 career games indoors, including playoff games, Rodgers has thrown for nearly 4,400 yards with 31 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Packers are just 8-7 in those games, but most of the losses either weren’t Rodgers’ fault statistically or came early in his starting career.
On Sunday in Minnesota, Rodgers aims to continue that streak of statistical dominance indoors as the Packers take on the Vikings at the Metrodome.
Rodgers had one of the best games of his career at the Metrodome last season, as he threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-3 romp. The 141.3 passer rating he posted in that game is his highest rating ever in an indoors game.
But it isn’t just the Metrodome. Some of the numbers that you can pick out of Rodgers’ recent run indoors are almost unreal.
If you take away last season in Detroit, when Greg Jennings had a long touchdown pass clank off his hands for an interception and he was knocked out of the game before halftime, Rodgers has 10 straight indoor games with a passer rating of over 110. That includes the Packers last two games at the Metrodome, where Rodgers has thrown for almost 700 yards and six touchdowns.
In his last three games, which began in Atlanta during the Divisional Round and ended in Atlanta this season, Rodgers is averaging 355 yards and has eight touchdown passes.
Even the the top quarterbacks in the NFL today can’t match what Rodgers has done indoors:
Rodgers’ success indoors can be traced to the Packers pass-orientated offense which thrives in conditions where the weather isn’t a factor and the track is fast. While it seems counterintuitive for a team that play its games outdoors at Lambeau Field to be constructed that way, the Packers offense has shown that it can be effective no matter where they are playing.
However, it’s simply hard to ignore how good they’ve been indoors.
Take a look at Rodgers’ career statistical record indoors:
Rodgers did have two pretty noticeable hiccups indoors in 2008 . The first actually came in Minnesota, when the Vikings were in his face all day and forced two safeties in the second quarter. The Packers had both a punt and an interception return for a touchdown in the second half, which limited his pass attempts to just 26. The second was in New Orleans during a pivotal Monday night contest during the ’08 season. The Packers were 5-5 coming in and looking to make a run at winning the NFC North, but the Saints had a perfect night offensively and Rodgers was off-and-on. The Packers lost three straight following New Orleans and finished 6-10.
Since then, however, Rodgers has been nearly unstoppable indoors. You could make a strong argument that four of Rodgers’ best games of his career—at Arizona in the playoffs, at Minnesota in 2010, at Atlanta in the playoffs and in Dallas for the Super Bowl—all came indoors.
Either way you look at it, it’s safe to say that the Minnesota Vikings and their struggling defense have their work cut out for them against Rodgers this weekend.——————
Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.
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