Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and ran two others in, as he led the undefeated Packers (4-0) to a 49-23 win over the Denver Broncos (1-3) on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.
Here are five observations from the game:
1. He’s pretty good
It’s almost hard to put into words how well Rodgers played against the Broncos on Sunday, but let’s try our best: His 408 yards were four more than his previous career high of 404 against the Giants, which also marked the start of the Packers’ current 10-game winning streak. The six total touchdowns were a personal best. The four passing touchdowns tied a career high, and he became the first Packers’ quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since Brett Favre did it in 1995 against the Cowboys. He became the first quarterback in NFL history with 400 yards, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in one game. If a ball that went off the hands of James Jones in the fourth quarter falls to the turf, Rodgers would have finished with a passer rating of 145.5. That would have been the second-best rating in a game in his career, behind only his 155.4 showing vs. Cleveland in ’09. Still, his 134.5 rating against the Broncos was his fifth-best career rating and will bump his NFL-leading rating in 2011 to 124.6. Peyton Manning has the NFL record for passer rating in a season at 121.1. Rodgers is on pace for 56 total touchdowns (48 passing, 8 rushing) and 5,300 passing yards in 2011.
Finally, take a look at Rodgers’ stat line during the Packers’ 10-game winning streak: 3,052 yards, 26 passing touchdowns, five interceptions, four rushing touchdowns and a passer rating of 117.6. Yeah, I think that Rodgers guy is pretty good.
2. Six pack
You didn’t really think I was done gushing over Rodgers’ performance on Sunday after one observation, did you? Not even close. Let’s break down his six touchdowns.
Rodgers to Nelson, 50 yards: It was a tremendous route by Jordy, as he ran past the cornerback and then got safety Brian Dawkins to turn his hips the wrong way. It was over at that point, but Rodgers put an absolutely perfect ball on Nelson for the score. He couldn’t have thrown it any better.