It took seven weeks, but it looks like Aaron Rodgers has finally gotten the hang of running Matt LaFleur’s offense.
In one of the most impressive performances of his career, Rodgers torched the Raiders for 429 yards and five touchdown passes in a 42-24 rout at Lambeau Field. Although Rodgers has been wowing NFL fans for years, what he did on Sunday will likely go down as one of the best regular season performances of his career.
For one, he became just the third quarterback in NFL history to finish a game with 400 or more passing yards, five or more touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown. That’s right, Rodgers also scored on the ground, which means he had has many touchdowns in the game as he had incompletions (Six). Rodgers also finished with a QB rating of 158.3, marking the first time in his career and the first time in Packers history that a quarterback has finished with a perfect rating.
The most impressive thing about the Packers’ win is that Rodgers did all of this despite the fact that he was missing his top receiver (Davante Adams) and despite the fact that most of his receiving corps was banged up. Early in the week, it looked like Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling might both miss the game due to injury, but both receivers toughed it out to play on Sunday, and Rodgers took advantage of that.
Of his 25 completions, Rodgers hit eight different receivers, and that wasn’t even the impressive part. The impressive part is that all five of his touchdown passes went to different players with Jimmy Graham, Jake Kumerow, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and Valdes-Scantling all catching a scoring pass.
Valdes-Scantling actually iced the game in the fourth quarter with a 74-yard touchdown catch that put the Packers up 42-17.
If Rodgers is able to put up these types of numbers without Adams on the field, just imagine how scary this offense is going to be once the he returns.
The bad news for the rest of the NFL is that the Packers were beatable this season when their offense was struggling, but only the Eagles were able to take advantage of that through the first six weeks of the season. If Rodgers continues to play at the MVP-level that he’s currently playing at, the road to the NFC title might end up going through Lambeau.
Green Bay 42-24 over Oakland
Buffalo 31-21 over Miami
Jacksonville 27-17 over Cincinnati
Arizona 27-21 over N.Y. Giants
San Francisco 9-0 over Washington
Indianapolis 30-23 over Houston
Texans-Colts grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
L.A. Rams 37-10 over Atlanta
Rams-Falcons grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Minnesota 42-30 over Detroit
Vikings-Lions grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
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