Boogeyman, Boogeyman, Boogeyman. Aaron Charles Rodgers wasn’t told he was a dead man walking in Green Bay as he lit up the Minnesota Vikings scoreboard with 43 points to open the season. Aaron’s excellence was a result of the favorable matchup in the secondary or possibly the former MVPs vendetta against the disbelievers.
This week he receives another dominant advantage against a weakened secondary that stars top 3 pick Jeff Okudah getting his first NFL start after missing last weeks heartbreaker against Chicago. Cornerback’s rarely go in the top of the draft regardless of their superb talent. Starting your NFL career against the legendary Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams isn’t the ideal building block to establish your career. Detroit will also be without their other two starting corners who both went down in last weeks loss.
Detroit had the Chicago Bears on the ropes for 3 quarters before surrendering 21 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. Chicago’s rally was thanks to three Mitch Trubisky passing touchdowns. Detroit looks to avoid going 0-2 by coming into an empty Lambeau Field where they’ve pushed the Packers competitively in their last few visits.
Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams
Aaron Rodgers was playing back yard football last week en route to a full display of the offense’s talent. He was zipping passes into tight windows and spreading the options around all while targeting Davante Adams a record tying 14 times. Don Hutson’s historic statistic was matched by taking what the limited Viking defense presented rather than Rodgers forcing the endeavor.
QB1 was vocal about needing more weapons in the offseason although he never hesitated to show trust and confidence in his young receivers in Week 1. MVS drops could’ve been catastrophic for momentum in that game and yet he rose to the occasion when Rodgers made a concerted effort to keep him involved. The positive outlook is Rodgers looks sharp and willing to take what the defense gives him which should provide more opportunities for MVS and Lazard as Matt Patricia’s defense tends to take away the main targets.
The Lions defense forced Rodgers into an interception in each game last season which is rare for the normally cautious quarterback. In week 1, Aaron appeared to adjust to pressure quickly and get the ball out on the first reads and taking advantage of his mismatches.
Packer fan’s frustrations over recent years has been at the reluctance of QB1 to make daring throws. Instead of waiting for the perfect pass and ending up with a throwaway, Rodgers was darting passes and showing he truly studied the film of his early career successes.
Prediction: Rodgers throws for 230 yards and 2 TDs while Davante snags 7 catches for 90 yards and one of Rodgers’ scores.
The Packers starting RB looks to be heavily involved although we’ve yet to see AJ Dillon eat into his carries. Jamaal Williams pass blocking ability ensures his playing time and at this time it’s ultimately a committee backfield. Jones had a team high 16 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown in week 1 while adding 4 catches for 10 yards.
In 4 games versus Detroit, Jones has eclipsed 50 yards just once and that was in the week 17 matchup last year when he ran for 100 yards. The unfortunate stat is he’s yet to score against the Lions; who as previously stated tends to target the offense’s star producers. The positive argument is he averaged 4 yards a carry in 3 of those 4 games. My concern is Matt LaFleur’s offense thrives on multiple sets and personnel making the individual an afterthought to the process regardless if Aaron Jones is the feature back. With Lane Taylor going down to injury for the season, we’ll have to see how the offensive line shakes out going forward.
Prediction: Jones has another moderate day with 15 carries for 55 yards and one touchdown through the air. Expecting AJ Dillon or Jamaal Williams to get more goal line work and opportunities at rushing scores.
Green Bay’s defense was aggressive last week and yet somehow still gave up 34 points while letting the Vikings run for 6.1 yards per carry. Unfortunately, superstar defensive tackle Kenny Clark will be absent for this Week 2 matchup. My concern is Adrian Peterson does what he does best and muds the Packers defense. The Lion’s running game will also feature Kerryon Johnson and future star D’Andre Swift. Swift, was the scapegoat of last weeks chance at victory, when he dropped the game winning touchdown with a few seconds left in the game. Detroit’s missing Kenny Golladay again and will look to target former Wisconsin standout Quintez Cephus in his absence.
Personally expecting an ugly one in Green Bay with two great QBs and an average supporting cast production.
Green Bay survives 21-20
Go Pack Go!