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Another brilliant game from Aaron Rodgers as Packers beat Rams

Aaron Rodgers, Robert Quinn AP

Aaron Rodgers is the reigning NFL MVP for a reason. In case you had forgotten during an up-and-down start to the Packers’ season, Rodgers is really, really good.

On the strength of another phenomenal game from Rodgers, the Packers went to St. Louis and beat the Rams on Sunday, improving to 4-3 and making a strong statement that they’ll have a lot to say about the shape of the NFC playoff race.

Rodgers completed 30 of 37 passes for 342 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. After last week’s phenomenal game in Houston, Rodgers is now 54 of 74 for 680 yards, with nine touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two weeks.

This Packers team is better than its 4-3 record would indicate, and it’s not just Rodgers. Receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb both had big games, and the Packers’ defense was led once again by All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews, who recorded another sack, his ninth of the season.

That’s not to say the Packers are perfect. They still need to find a way to run the ball more effectively (running back Alex Green was a non-factor), and they’ve been too inconsistent. But over the last two weeks, the Packers have been as impressive a team as there is in the NFL.

The loss drops the Rams’ record to 3-4, but St. Louis deserves a lot of credit for the way it’s playing in Jeff Fisher’s first season as head coach. This Rams team isn’t a lot more talented than last year’s 2-14 club, but this year’s team is playing a lot harder than last year’s team. Beating the Rams isn’t easy anymore.

But the Packers did beat the Rams, and they beat them in St. Louis, by a comfortable margin. That says a lot about this Packers team.

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49 Responses to “Another brilliant game from Aaron Rodgers as Packers beat Rams”
  1. fuzzynuts55 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:06 PM

    Yeah yeah but he’s still a d bag…

  2. revanslightsaber says: Oct 21, 2012 4:07 PM

    Nelson and Cobb will be Rodgers 2 top targets going forward now.

  3. dalucks says: Oct 21, 2012 4:09 PM

    Just like Aaron Rodgers told the media last Sunday. “Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

  4. war27 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:13 PM

    He’s still a choker when the pressure is on. 10-6 wc teams have nothing to lose. 15-1 home field advantage teams do. And he failed.

  5. jhein23 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:14 PM

    Its amazing Rodgers is able to do what he does with such a pathetic running game. It was Lindy Infante era bad today.

    I’ve been saying for weeks Finley, Starks and a 2nd or 3rd rd pick to the Jaguars for Maurice Jones Drew. If you think Rodgers is good now let’s see how good he is with a true threat in the backfield. Packers probably gonna use a draft pick on a running back anyways so make the deal Ted.

  6. ramcountry says: Oct 21, 2012 4:15 PM

    “St. Louis deserves a lot of credit for the way it’s playing”

    Not today. They got whipped on both sides of the ball.

    Chalk this one up to “growing pains” and hope they play better next week.

  7. revelationary says: Oct 21, 2012 4:18 PM

    Most concerning: Yet ANOTHER game without a 4th Quarter comeback by Rodgers. This team isn’t going anywhere without a QB who leads 4th Quarter comebacks every week like real elite QBs do.

  8. brenenostler says: Oct 21, 2012 4:18 PM

    Guess they didn’t beat themselves this week

  9. westclaims says: Oct 21, 2012 4:18 PM

    No team is better than its record would indicate. Numbers don’t lie. They are 4-3, and nothing more.

  10. drillbit19k says: Oct 21, 2012 4:19 PM

    Overrated crybaby system qb.

    GJ beating the rams they are a terrible team, the Vikings/bears are the class of the NFCN etc etc

    There I did all the troll work for the bears/vikes/packer bashers.

    You may now carry on with your Sunday…

  11. thehatefulnerd says: Oct 21, 2012 4:20 PM

    Turns out he IS better than Jay Cutler.

  12. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2012 4:25 PM

    war27 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 4:13 PM
    He’s still a choker when the pressure is on. 10-6 wc teams have nothing to lose. 15-1 home field advantage teams do. And he failed.

    So true. Look at his performance in the Super Bowl.

    Man, he is just terrible.

    At least you know football!

  13. jhein23 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:25 PM

    Skip Bayless will not mention any game Rodgers plays well in. And when its a big national tv audience game he will say he’s not impressed because the other team is overrated. Those Texans sure looked overrated today against a good Baltimore Ravens team. Espn keeps him employed because he keeps the trolls very happy.

  14. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:28 PM

    He’ll still find something to cry about.

  15. 34sweetness says: Oct 21, 2012 4:31 PM

    Cancel the rest of the games. The packers will win everything….for the rest of time…..it’s pointless because Aaron Rogers is the greatest ever.

    Oh, that was sarcasm, by the way.

  16. packownsu says: Oct 21, 2012 4:31 PM

    Surprise surprise he’s still Godgers.

  17. rangers84 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:33 PM

    Rodgers, when he is on, is the best QB in the league by FAR.

    When he’s off, he’s better than 90% of the league.

    Another learning step for the Rams. All this season is imo. 4 #1 picks over the next two years is where I want us to make our mark

  18. gbpbacker84 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:41 PM

    Let’s look at some of the encouraging signs other than the obvious fact that Rodgers is a virtuoso QB for the ages. Casey Hayward is looking like a very solid corner for years to come, Davon House was very solid as well coming back from his preseason injury. At the beginning of the season, us Packer fans were terrified at the prospect of having Sam Shields and Jarrett Bush left on an island, looks likeHayward and House have solved that problem. T

  19. judsonjr says: Oct 21, 2012 4:42 PM

    A good win, but Alex Green hasn’t looked good. There were 2-3 times when he had a bunch of space in front of him and just fell down. A competent back would have added at least another 25-30 yards total on those plays.

    I suspect Starks will be in there if he’s ever health as he can at least run decently north/south.

  20. bears615 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:43 PM

    Good grief….I’m a Bears fan and can admit that Rodgers is one of the best in the league. I don’t see how people can say he isn’t.

  21. gbpbacker84 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:43 PM

    Let’s look at some of the encouraging signs other than the obvious fact that Rodgers is a virtuoso QB for the ages. Casey Hayward is looking like a very solid corner for years to come, Davon House was very solid as well coming back from his preseason injury. At the beginning of the season, us Packer fans were terrified at the prospect of having Sam Shields and Jarrett Bush left on an island, looks like Hayward and House have solved that problem. The Rams have an excellent D-Line, and while we took a few sacks, the OLine was not overpowered like they were against other great pass rushes earlier in the season.

  22. Little Earthquake says: Oct 21, 2012 4:44 PM

    Yeah but here come the bitter people whining about Rodgers’ supposed whining…

  23. emperorzero says: Oct 21, 2012 4:47 PM

    Whoever pissed off Aaron Rodgers owes an apology to the Texans and Rams.

    The Rams finally look like they are headed in the right direction. They just don’t have the talent to hang with the top tier teams in the NFC.

  24. jhein23 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:50 PM

    Rams will be a very good team soon – load up on offensive line, thats been a problem spot for years. I think their QB, DLine are both outstanding. And they have some good CB’s, RB’s and I like their TE.

  25. packerpride03 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:54 PM

    Haters gunna hate. All you queens/ Bears fans can kiss the packers rings.

  26. drillbit19k says: Oct 21, 2012 4:54 PM

    The ONLY argument with any credibility for him NOT being elite/best qb is his record when trailing in 4q games. But aside from that any other metric an elite qb is measured by he crushes it. Heck he is even an elite tackler just ask urlacher.

  27. deltaoracle says: Oct 21, 2012 5:01 PM

    Didn’t have his starting RB. Didn’t have his #1 WR. And he still carved up an above-average defense on their home field.
    He and Cobb hooked up on a TD that was nothing short of superb on both ends. One of his seven “incompletions” was a spike. He’s not infallible, but there’s no one – no one – that I’d rather have at QB than this particular “just a system” guy.

  28. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Oct 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    fuzzynuts55 says:Oct 21, 2012 4:06 PM

    Yeah yeah but he’s still a d bag…

    ______________________________

    why are you bringing up cutler?

  29. kidpresentable says: Oct 21, 2012 5:52 PM

    Joe Montana and Tom Brady were/are just system guys too. People who will call Rodgers a “system” guy are also fans of teams that are constantly changing systems.

  30. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2012 6:08 PM

    The Packers will probably enter the bye week in a tie with Vikings and one game behind the Bears.

    They should come out of the bye week in a three way tie for the division, and then take over the division by week 12, never looking back.

  31. zzr600guy says: Oct 21, 2012 7:43 PM

    Great win today, Arod and the Wr’s are back in sync like last yr. The defense is much improved as well, and they’ll only get better once Jennings, Raji, Perry, and Shields return.

  32. stellarperformance says: Oct 21, 2012 7:48 PM

    fuzzynuts55 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:06 PM
    Yeah yeah but he’s still a d bag…
    =================================

    No, no, no…he’s not a d-back, he’s the quarterback. Do your homework!

  33. stellarperformance says: Oct 21, 2012 7:57 PM

    war27 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:13 PM
    He’s still a choker when the pressure is on. 10-6 wc teams have nothing to lose. 15-1 home field advantage teams do. And he failed.
    ==================================

    You’re still hung-up on last year? There’s not a team in the league that is the same team as last year. The Packers got beat (last year) by a better Giants team…..the Giants won the SuperBowl by the way, which means they were better than everybody…including the Packers. First postseason game or fourth…doesn’t matter….Giants won. One and done isn’t any harder to take than four and done. But you would have to be able to cheer for a team that has actually been there under those conditions and that, I think, must be your disconnect.

  34. jonny42671 says: Oct 21, 2012 8:15 PM

    Packers logic…..win a game, we are winning the Superbowl. Lose a game, we won the Superbowl. Oh yeah, when they lose a game, they didn’t really lose, or it was the refs fault.

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 21, 2012 8:35 PM

    There so much teenage angst and hand wringing whenever Rodgers tears it up. I love it.

  36. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2012 8:49 PM

    jonny42671 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 8:15 PM
    Packers logic…..win a game, we are winning the Superbowl. Lose a game, we won the Superbowl. Oh yeah, when they lose a game, they didn’t really lose, or it was the refs fault.

    —-

    Packers > Your Team.

    The end.

  37. war27 says: Oct 21, 2012 9:06 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2012 4:25 PM

    war27 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 4:13 PM
    He’s still a choker when the pressure is on. 10-6 wc teams have nothing to lose. 15-1 home field advantage teams do. And he failed.

    So true. Look at his performance in the Super Bowl.

    Man, he is just terrible.

    At least you know football!

    —————————————

    Um, that’s exactly what i’m talking about. Now look at his “performance” in the playoffs last year…

    And better yet, look at Matt Flynn’s performance in that offense. You know they guy that got beat out by a 5’10″ rookie. He owns how many packers single game records?

    Yeah….

  38. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2012 9:14 PM

    war27 says:

    Um, that’s exactly what i’m talking about. Now look at his “performance” in the playoffs last year…

    And better yet, look at Matt Flynn’s performance in that offense. You know they guy that got beat out by a 5’10″ rookie. He owns how many packers single game records?

    Yeah….

    ——–

    His performance in the playoffs? You mean the record amount of drops for the Packers in a single game?

    See, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, you should probably just stop talking. It makes you look really stupid.

    It can all be avoided by just sidestepping your jealousy and trying for just a pinch of common sense.

  39. gnarlswoodson says: Oct 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    LOVE you guys’ hate. A QB with a SB win, SB MVP, and league MVP in the past 2 1/2 seasons is a choke artist.

    Guess what trolly molly’s, Rodgers is the BEST QB ON THE PLANET. According to who? According to everyone who MAKES A LIVING in this business.

    But I forgot, you guys are all the “experts”.

  40. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2012 9:19 PM

    war27 says:

    Um, that’s exactly what i’m talking about. Now look at his “performance” in the playoffs last year…

    And better yet, look at Matt Flynn’s performance in that offense. You know they guy that got beat out by a 5’10″ rookie. He owns how many packers single game records?

    Yeah….

    ——–

    His performance in the playoffs? You mean the record amount of drops for the Packers in a single game?

    See, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, you should probably just stop talking. It makes you look really stupid.

    It can all be avoided by just sidestepping your jealousy and trying for just a pinch of common sense.

  41. pack13queens0 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    A-Rod is the greatest athlete in all of sports.

  42. contrasuxbalz says: Oct 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    Rodgers third TD pass was unreal. No defense for that.

  43. apm says: Oct 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    The ol’Chippie from Chico tied The Great Matt Flynn’s franchise record for TDs in a game last week against a previously unbeaten team, remember?

  44. kpierce12 says: Oct 22, 2012 12:02 AM

    Arod is 3-21 in G/W drives when trailing or tied in the 4th he is far from clutch and is not ghe bedt qb in the nfl if the packers are trailing in the 4th numbers say they will lose enjoy your fslse idol

  45. skittlesareyum says: Oct 22, 2012 10:51 AM

    kpierce12 says:
    Oct 22, 2012 12:02 AM
    Arod is 3-21 in G/W drives when trailing or tied in the 4th he is far from clutch and is not ghe bedt qb in the nfl if the packers are trailing in the 4th numbers say they will lose enjoy your fslse idol

    Yes, but he wins the game before that, and I’d much rather take that. People’s obsession with comeback victories is stupid.

  46. wrm1230 says: Oct 22, 2012 11:14 AM

    Nothing entertains me more than the fans of other teams claiming the Packers fans whine and complain…by whining and complaining. Comical and amazingly ignorant all in one.

    And Florio is right, the Packers are better than 4-3, they are actually 5-2 but have only been credited for 4 wins.

    I still would have liked to see how much of the city of Philadelphia would have burned or how many shootings would have occured in San Francisco parkings lots had their team been denied of a win as the Packers were in Seattle.

  47. comeonnowguys says: Oct 22, 2012 12:11 PM

    So… the officiating was just fine, I gather?

  48. comeonnowguys says: Oct 22, 2012 12:12 PM

    I love a fandom that can simultaneously boast how better they are than the rest of the league and cry about officiating.

  49. shaggytoodle says: Oct 22, 2012 1:59 PM

    revelationary says:Oct 21, 2012 4:18 PM

    Most concerning: Yet ANOTHER game without a 4th Quarter comeback by Rodgers. This team isn’t going anywhere without a QB who leads 4th Quarter comebacks every week like real elite QBs do.
    _____________

    Yeah, because elite QBs need to be losing in the fourth quarter.

    P. Mannings’ elite, because he helped the beat the Chargers from a 24-0 deficit?

    Even though he helped put that team in the spot?

    Thats foolish.

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