Aaron Rodgers: Lack of fans in New Orleans “definitely helps”

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No NFL stadium is going to be full in the time of COVID-19.

And for Packers Aaron Rodgers, that made a tangible difference last night at the Superdome.

Via Jeff Nowak of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Rodgers said the difference was stark from his previous two trips there (both losses).

“It’s a lot different environment than in 2008 and 2014,” Rodgers said. “This place is rocking all the time. I think we all miss that in the sport, just the fan interaction, the energy of the crowd. But it definitely helps us out in an environment like this.”

The Saints typically have one of the biggest home-field advantages in the NFL, but last night was muted, with a crowd of around 750 friends and family of the team, along with the low hum of piped-in noise. Rodgers was also able to hard-count Saints defenders offsides, which is something that’s not as likely in the normal Saints environment.

The Saints are in discussions about adding to the crowd in coming weeks, as much of the league begins to gradually bring more people in to their buildings.

9 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Lack of fans in New Orleans “definitely helps”

  1. Aaron beat the Saints with his mind last night. His hard count in the clutch was exquisite, and the work of one of the all time great masters of the craft.

    What a sight to behold.

  2. Everytime I see Rodgers pull defenders offside, I wonder why the opposing team’s offense never manages to do the same to us?

  3. Both teams were banged up going into the game. But the Packers have found a way to win with two Pro Bowlers inactive, a bunch of ‘who-zits?’ at tight end and the Saints shutting down Aaron Jones. The Packers two inside linebackers were hurt too.

    It’s back to the old formula that was true under Mike McCarthy: use Rodgers to outscore the other team rather than stop them from scoring. The defense held just enough to win.

  4. pkrlvr said:
    September 28, 2020 at 10:46 am
    Everytime I see Rodgers pull defenders offside, I wonder why the opposing team’s offense never manages to do the same to us?

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    Probably because Green Bay’s defense has to practice against Rodger every day.

  5. No fans was huge. It definitely helped the Packers in Minnesota as well, but it’s becoming apparent the Vikings have multiple issues. Packers need to improve defensively; the measuring stick remains the 49ers and there’s no evidence to date that the Pack has figured out how to stop a team from running the ball down its throat. But I’m not going to complain about 3-0.

  6. No QB does that hard count better than Rodgers. I think he even had Everson Griffen jumping offsides in his living room in Dallas.

  7. Give the O-line credit too. If they flinch, the whistle blows it dead. If they hold their ground steady as a rock, Rodgers gets a free play. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

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