A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
By itself, Aaron Rodgers’ 480-yard passing day in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins was a remarkable performance that tied the Packers’ single-game record for passing yards.
But combined with what has gone on around the NFL in the first two weeks of the season, perhaps it wasn’t such an anomaly.
ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, with the help of our NFL Nation team of reporters, looked at the widespread increase in the passing game during the first two weeks of the regular season and got reaction from players around the league who were asked: “Is this the simple result of scheme development over time? Or has the NFL effectively made the pass impossible to defend?”
“I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, but it’s tougher, definitely tougher,” Pickett told me on Wednesday. “It’s the way the league is now. We play in an offensive league, so they’re going to protect offensive players. I don’t really care for it. But that’s how it is.”
Our ESPN.com coverage included a look at the ups and downs of Packers running back James Starks, who is expected to start on Sunday at Cincinnati, our weekly QB Watch look at Aaron Rodgers and the daily injury report with news on cornerback Casey Hayward.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote that after two weeks the Packers seem fine with rookie David Bakhtiari's performance at left tackle, and Weston Hodkiewicz looked at the unsettled nature of the secondary.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein looked at the matchup with Bengals receiver A.J. Green and how the Packers have fared against superstar receivers, and Tyler Dunne wrote about the need for more production from kick returner Jeremy Ross.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde offered his take on the Greg Jennings saga and explained what will be different about the Packers’ throwback uniforms when they wear them on Oct. 20 against the Cleveland Browns.