It was incredible watching the Green Bay Packers taking on the St. Louis Rams in Green Bay this past weekend. Wait, the game was in St. Louis? But, but, there was so much green and gold and so many Packers fans. The truth is the game was in St. Louis, but the Go Pack Go, Packers wearing their home greens and Kuuuuuuhn chants would have had you guess otherwise.
While the Packers fans dominated the Edwards Jones Dome, so did the Packers players, specifically quarterback Aaron Rodgers. I cannot express how impressive Rodgers 30-37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns truly was. Missing only seven passes, including a spike and a dropped pass, Rodgers was in the zone against the Rams.
Rodgers most impressive pass of the game may have came on his 39-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randall Cobb. Rodgers was flushed out of the pocket to his left and as he is on the run he squares up his body down-field, hops and throws a pinpoint accurate strike over two defenders perfectly into Cobbs arms for Cobbs second touchdown and Rodgers third.
Not only was the throw gorgeous, but the shear fact is the throw came on a third and nine with the score favoring the Packers 20-13 in the fourth quarter. Before the pass the Rams still had hope. If they had stopped the Packers on that third down they would have had a chance to tie the game up on that drive, but Rodgers put his foot on the Rams throat and ended the game with one of the best and athletic throws I have seen a quarterback make.
Enough about Rodgers though who is in MVP form again with stats which I could rattle on for days about how impressive his past two games with having nine touchdowns and no interceptions and so on and so forth. He’s playing lights out, but in thanks to his wide receivers who are performing at a high level in James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Cobb.
While Jones has been getting in the endzone the most, Nelson and Cobb have really stood out on tape. Nelson had his second straight game with 100 plus yards and a touchdown recording 122 yards and one score. He has become the receiver which Rodgers has his best relationship with.
Cobb on the other hand is showing everyone what a big time player he is going to be and what a steal he was for the Packers in the second round two drafts ago. The kid is a baller. He runs mature routes, he has great speed and quickness and has phenomenal hands. Cobb became the first and only player this year to be targeted a minimum of eight times and catch every target. He caught all eight passes thrown his way for 89 yards and two scores.
While Nelson and Cobb stick out on offense it is worth noting two defensive players have been sticking out recently for the Packers as well. Those two players are defensive backs Casey Hayward and Davon House.
Hayward is currently tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with four, in limited time compared to the others he is tied with. He was rewarded his first start after having two interceptions when he came in for the injured Sam Shields against the Houston Texans. Hayward filled in for Shields against the Rams and came away with his fourth interception and was good in coverage most of the day and rarely was caught making a rookie mistake.
House on the other hand looked like the player the Packers had projected as the starting corner across from Tramon Williams before the season began in his first action of the year. House broke up a pass and was in good coverage the whole game minus the last touchdown the Rams scored in garbage time where house was twisted around and burnt, but in his first game from injury, he showed promise.
The Packers won the game and dominated, though the score did not show at the end, but they still need to get more out of the running attack then 70 yards on 26 carries, 19 of those yards coming on one rush by Cobb. While the rushing production was not there for the Packers it still was nice to see them run the ball 26 times and stay balanced. It allowed Rodgers to only be sacked three times, one which he held onto the ball way too long.
If the Packers rush the ball around 25 times a game it should be enough for them to continue playing at a high level on offense and keep the defense honest, but it would be nice to see a better yard per carry average then 2.7.
The Packers improved their record to 4-3 and will finally return to Lambeau where they will play four of their next six games. Next week they play the banged up 1-5 Jacksonville Jaguars who may be without both their starting quarterback in Blaine Gabbert and their best player, running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.