Wednesday, October 9, 2013
QB Watch: Packers' Aaron Rodgers
By Rob Demovsky
A weekly examination of the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback play.
Rewind: As he often does, Aaron Rodgers followed a rare poor performance with a much better showing. After throwing two interceptions in the Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, which snapped his streak of 41 games without throwing multiple interceptions, and with the bye week to stew about it, Rodgers did not turn the ball over in Sunday’s 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Although he threw only one touchdown, he improved his career numbers in games after multiple interceptions to 14 touchdowns against only three interceptions.
Fast-forward: Rodgers returns to Baltimore for the first time since his rookie season of 2005, when he saw his first extensive NFL action as a backup in the Packers’ 48-3 blowout loss to the Ravens on "Monday Night Football." It was not a strong debut for Rodgers, who lost two fumbles and threw an interception in the end zone.
Going deep: The 83-yard touchdown pass Rodgers threw to James Jones in the third quarter against the Lions was his longest completion since a 93-yarder to Jordy Nelson against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 16, 2011. Against the Lions, Rodgers completed 5 of 7 passes for 200 of his 274 yards on passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The five completions and 200 yards at that distance were both career highs.
Prediction: Rodgers may take a pounding from Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who ranks fourth in the NFL with seven sacks. Suggs will get to Rodgers at least once and will cause him to hurry several more throws, making it unlikely that Rodgers will play another turnover-free game.