Aaron Rodgers: If it takes scoring 38 points, that’s what we’ll do

AP

The Packers improved to 10-3 on Monday night, but things were a little more difficult than it looked like they’d be when the Packers ran out to a 31-7 lead in the first half.

Atlanta rallied to score 30 points in the second half, drawing within six points with just over two minutes to play in a game that wasn’t the laugher it appeared to be after 30 minutes. The offense was able to salt the game away from there, but members of the Green Bay defense expressed disappointment in the way they played a week after shutting down Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t share their dismay.

“I’m excited about our team. There’s been some ups and downs on both sides of the ball all season. But we’re really getting this home-field advantage thing going, with the crowd noise, with the footing, with the way we’re playing, being really balanced on offense,” Rodgers said, via ESPNWisconsin.com. “The defense, they’ll look at the film and they’ll correct things. I’m not worried about that. If it takes scoring 38-plus points to win, then that’s what we’ve got to do. There’s no excuses with our offense. There may have been a slight relaxation there at halftime up 24. Occasionally, that can be the natural thing.”

While the defense clearly needs to tighten up, you can forgive Rodgers for shrugging his shoulders about having to score a lot of points in a game at Lambeau Field. He’s now up to 23 touchdowns and no interceptions on the year on his home field and it seems like the offense is capable of doing whatever it takes to keep winning in Green Bay.

67 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: If it takes scoring 38 points, that’s what we’ll do

  1. The Packers were one failed on-side kick away from catastrophe. Their pass defense took two steps backwards last night…..run defense was nothing to brag about either.

    It’s almost like the team sits back to watch Rodgers instead of doing their jobs. It’s a recipe for predictable disaster.

  2. Will Atlanta return to Green Bay again in the playoffs? they just showed they are more than capable of winning the NFCS.next time they play it may be a good idea to actually cover the Atlanta recievers a little bit if they dont want another shootout,but then again shootouts are exciting to watch,it sure beats boring football.

  3. God bless you Aaron, but that won’t get it done against the best team in your conference. Against them, your defense is going to have to play some, too.

  4. Saying IF the Falcons had a defense he wouldn’t score that much doesn’t change anything, BUT other teams do have a defense. Their DB’s better get things straightened out if they want to win it all.

  5. Same thing Peyton Manning said last year with a much higher octane offense until he ran into a real defense and could only muster 8. GB should hope someone puts them out of their misery before the Hawks roll into Lambeau in January and really embarras them on a national stage.

  6. I am not a Packer fan, its obvious. Rodgers is the best QB in the league, easily. The throws, the decisions, etc. As long as he is there, the team will challenge for titles.

  7. This game had better serve as a wake-up call for the Packers. Never take your foot off the gas, or assume you can just coast for an entire half and still get a win.

    Fact is, the Packers badly misjudged the Atlanta Falcons. Unlike the Bears or Vikings, Atlanta didn’t simply curl up in a fetal position and wait to die once they got behind by four scores at the half. Unlike the Bears or Vikings, they showed heart and pride after getting embarrassed in the first half. You have to respect Atlanta for that – it’s what makes some teams playoff contenders and others laughingstocks.

    Hopefully the Packers will learn an important lesson from this. Getting out to a big lead is great, but not every opponent is going to just give up and quit. Not every opponent is the Bears or the Vikings.

  8. The guy is great, no doubt… But he sure is a deuchelord. Might as well just have said, I know we need to score 40 every game because our defense sucks.

  9. Aaron Rodgers: If it takes scoring 38 points, that’s what we’ll do

    “IF THE REFS ALLOW IT, AND IT’S IN THE SCRIPT, WE’LL DO IT”

    THERE………….FIXED IT

  10. Never could understand the prevent defense with a big lead. Make them earn it and keep the pressure on. That two deep defense and soft coverage was brutal to watch. Wins a win so still thrilled this morning. Go Pack!

  11. I tend to agree with Aaron’s post game comment that the defense seemed to have “let down a little” in the second half due to the first-half dominance. I also sensed from coach McCarthy’s post game comments and demeanor that the defense is in for a rough week of practice.

    And Julio Jones is outstanding. Period.

  12. The pass defense was great against the Patriots so I know they’re capable of playing better. I think when you have an offense that can score at will, the defense relaxes too much.

  13. It was Atlanta. You think that defense wins a championship? Not a chance. Just like previous years, if Rodgers isn’t on fire for the whole game, they will lose. Plain and simple.

  14. This garbage defense is showing its true colors!!!!
    Seahawks must be licking their chops to play these scrubs in the playoffs!!!!

    “If green bay is in the playoffs, it will be ONE and likely DONE”!!!

  15. I think the Packers ‘let off’ a little too much. One mistake and the Falcons could have won this game. That missed extra point could’ve came back and bit the Packer’s hard.

  16. Green Bay is awesome, no doubt about it. But, I still think it’ll be very interesting down the stretch. Green Bay has a very tough game this week in Buffalo. If Detroit doesn’t stumble this year, get ready for a showdown that final week.

  17. Packers’ defence is what we thought it was…

    Let’s call a spade a spade, that’s a terrible Falcons team who the Packers’ secondary made look like the Broncos 2013 offence.

    The truth is, yes, the Packers beat the Patriots (barely) in the comforts of Lambeau. But we all know, if that game is played anywhere else (Phoenix maybe?) the Patriots prevail.

  18. Packers are a very good team, but they won’t put up 38 points on the Bills…..they may beat the Bills, but know way they put up 38. Rodgers will have pressure all day long from the Bills front four. Best pass rush in the NFL.

  19. “If it takes scoring 38 points, that’s what we’ll do…”

    Not against Seattle you won’t! If it comes down to the Packers and Seattle, the Hawks will NOT allow 38 points. Rodgers better hope the road to the SB doesn’t route them through Seattle.

  20. The packers are the only team to play prevent defense for a complete second half of football and still win.

  21. I can’t wait to see Seattle and their JV offense come in Green Bay. For you defensive geniuses out there, they better stop Green Bay on every possession because otherwise, their pedestrian offense isn’t going to come close to matching Green Bay.

    Wait a second….beating San Francisco and their joke of a QB; Arizona with a laughable backup and Philadelphia with….well Sanchez….is a sure sign Seattle is back. Or at least that’s what the company line in the league is.

    It’s about promoting matchups, not reality. Seattle is light years from what Green Bay is as a football team right now. You don’t have to like it….you just have to sift through the noise and figure it out for yourself.

  22. Aaron Rodgers: If it takes scoring 38 points, that’s what we’ll do
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    See what happens when you actually face a decent defense

  23. @wrm1230

    You better be careful what you wish for. There is no team in the NFC I would rather avoid than the Seahawks. That defence is unbelievable. Sure, they’ve been slow to get going this season, but they are picking up steam and gaining confidence as the playoffs approach.

    Truth is, your defence is what the rest of us know it is: mediocre at best. Your team just looks much better when you are at home, in the comforts of Lambeau. But the playoffs are a different animal and defence is what wins championships.

    Do the Packers have a great offence? Of course they do. But so did the 2013 Broncos and the 2007 and 2010 Patriots…guess what happened to those teams?

    I am not a Seahawks fan, i’m a Patriots fan. But you’d be a fool to hope to play them in the playoffs. An absolute fool.

  24. Rodgers is getting a bit arrogant in his game. I hope he can stay healthy, because teams are starting to figure out how to shut him down it in the second half, and that’s knock him down. If I’m a coach, I’d rather die by blitzing and trying then be picked apart. I think the Buffalo Bills will really be a test for Rodgers and they will get to him. Packers just aren’t’ that good without Rodgers .

  25. Nelson and Cobbs will be shut down, Lacey is nowhere near the back Lynch is. Looks like it will be check downs by Rodgers…the Enforcer will ring somebody’s bell. No way Rodgers gets 5 or 6 secs to throw on Seattle every snap

  26. wrm1230 says:
    Dec 9, 2014 10:05 AM
    I can’t wait to see Seattle and their JV offense come in Green Bay. For you defensive geniuses out there, they better stop Green Bay on every possession because otherwise, their pedestrian offense isn’t going to come close to matching Green Bay.

    Wait a second….beating San Francisco and their joke of a QB; Arizona with a laughable backup and Philadelphia with….well Sanchez….is a sure sign Seattle is back. Or at least that’s what the company line in the league is.

    It’s about promoting matchups, not reality. Seattle is light years from what Green Bay is as a football team right now. You don’t have to like it….you just have to sift through the noise and figure it out for yourself.

    HMMM lets see, gb beat a crap jets team barely. beat the eagles with sanchez, same as seattle, got blown out by seattle and a lousy saints team. next time try and make a sensible point.

  27. Hmmm. The Seahawk Smug is back. It’s kind of cute really.

    GB just got bored. 31-7 at half and they checked out. Lots of haters out there (Lions and Vikings and Bears and Seahawks OH MY!).

    GBs D is no juggernaut, but it’s not bad either. The last 4 weeks is more the truth than the 2nd half of last night.

    This Packers fan isn’t worried one bit.

  28. Gee Aaron we got that a long time ago. This team is all about, who cares about our fn defense sucking, we will just score more points then you do.

    Ya but that doesn’t work in the playoffs as noticed by that last three early exits. Isn’t the entire point of it all to get to the Super Bowl. Anything less that that and your no different than the Raiders in that they accomplished nothing either when it comes down to it.

    My point. Ted T did nothing to shore up the pass defense. Ha Ha is Ha Ha he can’t play in the NFL. He looks lost out there and he was your number one pick. Ha Ha for choosing him, he brought nothing to the table. Same old, different day.

  29. Packers defense is the worse in the NFL. Packers will be one and done in the play off. They are a pathetic team in terrible city and horrible people in small city of WI.

  30. This game just demonstrated why Rodgers should be the MVP. Without him directing the offense, the Pack get blown out. That defense is just not that good at all. Sorry Texans fans. Watt is definitely an elite player, but a defensive end just can’t change the game the way an elite QB like Rodgers does.

  31. The packers are not in the same league as the Seahawks and the Hawks can beat them in Seattle of Green Bay. The packers lack serious speed on defense and those late round draft picks no one else wanted were there for that reason. To slow to the ball and too smallish to tackle one on one.

  32. ec 9, 2014 9:36 AM
    Packers are a very good team, but they won’t put up 38 points on the Bills…..they may beat the Bills, but know way they put up 38. Rodgers will have pressure all day long from the Bills front four. Best pass rush in the NFL.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………

    I have the Packers getting handled by the Bills and losing to the Lions and ending up actually missing the playoffs as Dallas and the Eagles or Cardinals sneak in. This aint over yet.

  33. I don’t know how it happens but the style of play changes drastically from regular season to postseason. The Green Bay Packers try this formula every year and it doesn’t work. You need a running game and a solid defense to win.

  34. Like always, the only way GB advances far is if they luck into a playoff draw against teams with equally suspect defenses (think philly and dallas). Otherwise, this is the same 15-1 team we blasted in rd 1 in 2011.

  35. One difference in the Pats game is that it was a close game. So the Packers defense continued to play “normally” as well as the Pats offense.

    Versus ATL they went 3 or 4 man rush almost the entire 2nd half, and ATL was in go for broke and go for it on almost any 4th down mode. So by trying to not let them back in the game, they let them back in the game. It was made worse by the fact that ATL was having 10+ play drives and the Packers were only running 4 plays (though they were still scoring)…the defense was gassed at the end.

  36. Looks like the Packers will get to play the role of punching bag for the NFCW in the postseason again.

    Nothing scares Seahawks fans less than the Pack. We own those weak clowns. We destroyed them in Week 1 and it was never close, and that Seahawks team wasn’t even as good as we are right now. The Seahawks are BUILT to handle offenses like GB, Denver, NO, Philly, etc. Line ’em up, we knock ’em down.

    Can’t wait for the playoffs. Seattle is going to embarrass Green Bay, and then the cheezeheads will be out in the parking lot crying about a bad call from 3 years ago. LOL!!!

    #KissTheRing
    #WorldChampionSeahawks

  37. If Green Bay puts up 35+ there is no shot the Bills hang around. Buffalo will not score more than 27. So Buffalo Wins 26 – 24…. And then they go in to Oakland and nearly shut them out 23-3 . Lastly the Bills will close out the season by beating the Patriots on a last play defensive interception, Buffalo 16 Patriots 10. And that is how Buffalo ends the 14 years without the playoffs.

    -Nostradamus

  38. If the Broncos can only muster 24 at HOME against Buffalo, what makes you think the Packers are even going to SNIFF 35 on the ROAD vs. Buffalo? You clearly have not been watching that defense if you think that’s happening.

  39. “Green Bay won’t score over 24 against Seattle’s defense”

    They won’t need to….Seattle won’t get 13 away from the din of the fake crowd noise in Seattle on turf….simple.

  40. Greenbay’s offense is ranked #6.

    Seattle’s offense is ranked #11.

    Greenbay’s defense is ranked #26.

    Seattle’s defense is ranked #1.

    I know everyone likes to puff up on here, but really, Arod and GB has zero chance of putting up 38 on Seattle’s defense, regardless of where they play.

    Yet Seattle already put up 36 on GB’s defense.

    Trust me, Arod and that team wants no part of Seattle.

    It’s a bad match up.

  41. canadianpatriotsfan says:
    Dec 9, 2014 9:35 AM
    Packers’ defence is what we thought it was…

    Let’s call a spade a spade, that’s a terrible Falcons team who the Packers’ secondary made look like the Broncos 2013 offence.

    The truth is, yes, the Packers beat the Patriots (barely) in the comforts of Lambeau. But we all know, if that game is played anywhere else (Phoenix maybe?) the Patriots prevail.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………….

    When one team is actually better then another one, they will beat them wherever they play them. Enough said.

  42. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 9, 2014 11:27 AM
    Not scoring 38 on Seattle, so R-E-L-A-X. Relax…

    ………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Won`t need to.

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