- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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A few thoughts on Sunday's events at the Edward Jones Dome:
What it means: The Green Bay Packers got through a difficult portion of their schedule with a 4-3 record. After playing three consecutive road games, and winning two of them, they'll get four of their next six games at Lambeau Field.
RodgersWatch: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has caught fire. (In a good way.) Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, he completed 20 of his first 22 passes. He finished with 342 yards and three touchdowns. Over his past two games, Rodgers has completed 73 percent of his passes for 680 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions. It's been five years since a quarterback has thrown a combined nine touchdowns without an interception in back-to-back games, according to the NFL. And there aren't many, if any, other quarterbacks who could have made the across-the-body throw that Rodgers did on a 39-yard touchdown strike to receiver Randall Cobb in the fourth quarter.
No-huddle issues: The Packers opened in the no-huddle offense but were admittedly "disjointed," coach Mike McCarthy said. According to McCarthy, officials stood over the ball -- preventing the snap while the Rams' defense substituted personnel -- "much longer than we experienced in the past." That's why the Packers moved toward the standard huddle as the game wore on. The change appeared to work.
CobbWatch: Cobb caught two touchdowns as he continues establishing himself in the Packers' three-receiver sets. We've already noted the 39-yard score. In the third quarter, his outside-in move in the end zone turned around cornerback Trumaine Johnson and got him wide open for a 5-yard score. Cobb caught all nine passes Rodgers targeted him on, the second time this season he has caught 100 percent of the passes thrown his way. No other NFL receiver has done that (minimum eight targets) once this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Hayward steps up: Starting for the injured Sam Shields, rookie cornerback Casey Hayward intercepted Rams quarterback Sam Bradford late in the third quarter, giving him four in limited playing time this season. "They don't care if you're a rookie or a veteran," Hayward said. "They're going to throw the ball at you and you just have to be in position to make plays."
Quote to note: Speaking about Cobb, Rodgers said: "He's a star in the making. He's a big-time player."
What's next: The Packers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.