Aaron Donald: Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback that’s playing lights out

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The Rams and Packers haven’t played since 2018, but Los Angeles’ Aaron Donald is plenty familiar with his upcoming opposing quarterback.

The defensive tackle, who head coach Sean McVay is now referring to as “The Terminator,” has faced Aaron Rodgers twice. In that 2018 matchup, Donald sacked Aaron Rodgers twice, had four total QB hits, and had a pair of tackles for loss in the Rams’ 29-27 victory over the Packers.

That year, Green Bay finished 6-9-1 and fired Mike McCarthy after a 4-7-1 start. In 2020, the Packers ended the regular season 13-3 and Rodgers is the frontrunner to win MVP after leading the league with 48 touchdown passes.

“He’s a great quarterback that’s playing lights out this year,” Donald said in his Wednesday press conference. “He’s making some great throws and good decisions. Obviously, he can do things with his feet, not the fastest guy, but he can move. He can get away from you and make things happen, so we have to do a great job as far as bottling him up, getting pressure on him, and not letting him have a clean pocket to the point where he can make all those great throws. So, we have a challenge, but that’s what you expect in a playoff game.”

Donald suffered an injury to what he called his “damn side” in last Saturday’s victory over the Seahawks, but says he isn’t feeling pain and will be fine to play this weekend. The Rams will likely need him to help slow down Green Bay’s explosive offense.

9 responses to “Aaron Donald: Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback that’s playing lights out

  1. I am quite sure that Aaron Donald would relish putting Aaron Rodgers’ “lights out.”

    We’ll see Saturday.

  2. If he wants to get to ARodg, he’ll need to do it in under 2.7 seconds on average. Good luck with that.

  3. The Rams do have a great defense. The problems they will run into Saturday is the Packers offense is better than the Rams defense and the Packers defense is better than the Rams offense. The Rams will have to play a perfect game to win.

  4. It’s going to be 2 future hall of famer’s that will be going against each other. The packers line has to play a great game and not allow him to wreck the game. Should be fun to watch. I don’t think the Ram’s have enough on the Offensive side of the ball. I think Green Bay doesn’t score a bunch of points, but enough to win.

  5. Major contrast from Team Captain Chase Young’s comments regarding Brady before his first ever playoff game.

  6. The easiest way to neutralize a pass rush is to get the ball out quick which Rodgers is great at doing. The key for LA is to jam the receivers long enough to force him to hold onto the ball longer than he would like. Green Bay may be able to keep Donald in check but it’s Floyd and Brockers they may need to worry about.

  7. The Pack is going to have to play well to win. Not perfect, but well. They do a Jacksonville like or eagle second half like performance they’re gonna be in trouble. After watching the Ram/Seattle game last week, one thing stood out: the Seahawk rbs are pathetic at blocking. Worst I seen from any team all last weekend. The Pack rbs are usually pretty good. They’re gonna have to be again

  8. Packers fans who haven’t followed the Rams should know that our entire defensive line are studs. Teams will usually double-team Aaron Donald, and he still breaks through. He’s not a huge guy. It’s all athleticism. But when they double or even triple-team Aaron Donald, that opens things up for the rest of the line who can & do make plays. Guys who were cast-offs from other teams, Leonard Floyd & A’Shawn Robinson, are playing great as Rams. And we have a great defensive backfield led by Jalen Ramsey.

    But we have to put points on the board. Goff is our weak spot, and that’s a big weak spot.

    It will be a fun game to watch.

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