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September

Rodgers Is Far From Perfection

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers admits that he is not perfect, but he holds himself to that standard

Aaron Rodgers isn’t perfect.  I’m sure I’ll get at least one argument on that, but we can all agree that no one is and so, I’m merely stating the obvious.  Earlier this week, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about the Packers performance in last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.  Here is the story from Paul Imig at Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Earlier during the offseason and preseason, some of Rodgers’ former teammates seemed to question whether or not Rodgers was a good leader.  Do these thoughts about last week’s game and how Rodgers relates to his teammates sound like a guy who isn’t trying to make those around him, better?  Not to me.

Beyond that is the greater purpose for bringing these remarks by Rodgers to light.  He had a good game last week, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns against a tough defense.  He was sharp and nearly in mid-season form.  That goes for both his actual play and his mental preparation.  But read what he says and he admits there were areas he could have improved in.  Rodgers sets the bar at “perfection” knowing that he will never get there, but

Few players prepare themselves to play each week like Rodgers does.  Maybe Peyton Manning.  I’m not saying Rodgers is the epitome of being a student of the game, but he clearly strives to be as prepared mentally as he is physically, on Sundays.  It’s one of the reasons why I have a hard time remembering the last time the Packers were truly blown out.  With Rodgers, they are always in contention.

Players who take this more-studious approach to football typically have longer and more successful careers.  With Rodgers yet to turn 30 years old, Packers fans should be encouraged about the Packers immediate future.

 

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29

November

Packers’ Undefeated Regular Season Coming into Focus

Before the Green Bay Packers 27-15 win over the Detroit Lions, dialogue surrounding a 16-0 regular season was nothing more than anticipative thinking. Odds say that Green Bay would slip up at some point, and a Thanksgiving game in Detroit represented the contest that most thought would be the one.

But after watching the Packers dismantle the up-and-coming Lions on national television, the possibility of this team getting through the regular season unscathed has become more than fantasy.

In fact, it might be a bigger shock now if the Packers don’t head into the playoffs with the NFL’s third perfect regular season in history.

Let’s take a look at the Packers final five games to see where a potential ‘L’ could come from.

Dec. 4, at New York Giants

Why the Giants could win: Like the Lions, New York theoretically has the defensive line to pressure Aaron Rodgers without bringing extra guys on the blitz. On offense, Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw (who should be back from injury) represent a tough running back tandem, and Green Bay has had trouble tackling bigger backs. Quarterback Eli Manning is having a career year statistically.

Why the Packers will win: You don’t have to go back far to find the Packers’ 45-17 drubbing of the Giants in 2010. In fact, that win kicked off the Packers current 16-game winning streak. Rodgers threw for over 400 yards in that contest and the Packers offensive line contained the Giants’ front four.

Manning was a turnover machine last season and can still be counted on to give it away, especially against a Packers defense that leads the NFL in interceptions. The schedule also shapes up nicely for the Packers. New York will be coming off a Monday night beat down in New Orleans and have an important trip to Dallas following the Packers visit. The Packers, on the other hand, have a mini-bye week (10 days) to get healthy and prepare to take on the Giants.

Dec. 11, Oakland Raiders

Why the Raiders could win: The addition of Carson Palmer has helped stabilize an offense that possesses some explosive weapons. There is plenty of speed on the edges with receivers Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford and Darius Heyward-Bey. In Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, the Raiders’ No. 3 ranked rushing offense features one of the top 1-2 punches in the NFL. Oakland is currently 4-1 on the road in 2011.