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|Following their win over the Vikings, the Packers take a seat in the examination room.|
I'm curious how I missed the invention of the phrase "throwing open." That what I've heard several people around the Packers refer to what Rodgers is doing this year with so many of his passes. In essence, Rodgers is throwing to players that aren't open by conventional measures but are routinely coming down with the ball. These aren't wild passes. They represent calculated and premeditated strategy among a group of players that knows each other well. The two throws that stood out to me Monday night were a 22-yarder to Donald Driver, who was blanketed by Vikings cornerback Asher Allen, and a 25-yarder to tight end Jermichael Finley, who was surrounded by three defenders. They were open only in the sense that Rodgers felt confident they would come down with the pass.