A weekly analysis of the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback play.
Rewind: It was a feast-or-famine kind of game for Aaron Rodgers in Sunday’s 34-28 loss at San Francisco. He led four impressive touchdown drives of 80, 62, 69 and 76 yards but also had five three-and-out series. The scoring drives, which mostly relied on the no-huddle offense, were quick strikes. They had a combined time of possession of just 8 minutes, 21 seconds. Rodgers was efficient, throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns with one interception (on a ball that tight end Jermichael Finley dropped). Rodgers found a good rhythm with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, who combined for 238 yards receiving.
Fast-forward: Only two teams gave up more passing yards per game last season than the Washington Redskins, and you can bet Rodgers will try to exploit that on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Redskins are using second-round pick David Amerson as one of their top-three cornerbacks, so don’t be surprised to see Rodgers go after the rookie.
Handling the blitz: Rodgers, normally cool in the face of pressure, didn’t face many blitzes from the 49ers, but when he did, he didn’t have much success. When San Francisco rushed five or more, Rodgers completed just 1-of-6 passes, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Prediction: Look for Rodgers to get receiver James Jones more involved this week. Jones was targeted only twice against the 49ers and didn’t catch a pass. Jones was Rodgers’ favorite target in the red zone last season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rodgers throw a touchdown or two to Jones against Washington. Look for another passing day of 300-plus yards day from Rodgers, who has topped that mark in each of his past three regular-season games dating back to last season.