Packers players are introduced
before an NFL football game
against the Carolina Panthers.
GREEN BAY —
Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson couldn't resist taking a
good-natured dig at his prolific quarterback.
Yeah, he's seen
better from Aaron Rodgers, who has 15 touchdowns and just one
interception going into this weekend's game against Carolina
The one pick came
in the season opener. Since then, near-perfection.
"The year we
went 15-1, I don't know, our offense was pretty ridiculous right
there," Nelson said about the 2011 season. "So I don't
know, but I think I've seen better." Nelson hesitated for a
second and smiled, "I'll just give it to him that way."
Green Bay is on a
three-game winning streak, tied atop the NFC North at 4-2 with
Detroit. In that span, Rodgers is 58 of 87 for 722 yards passing,
with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
That's not enough
for Rodgers. He looks at other numbers.
think we're on a roll yet. I think we're playing OK, scored enough
points to win, but we're still low in the league in yards per
game, low in first-down percentage, low in, um, a lot of
stats," Rodgers said.
But there is no
lack in experience or confidence, and those qualities certainly
came into play late in the 27-24 victory over Miami last week.
Rodgers ran a
2-minute drill, highlighted by a fake spike play on second-and-6
that resulted in a 12-yard completion to Davante Adams to the
Miami 4 with 6 seconds left. The next snap, Rodgers found Andrew
Quarless for the winning touchdown.
Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass
during the first half of an NFL football game against the
Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Miami Gardens,
described the fake spike as "freestyling." Nelson
wouldn't let on exactly how often Rodgers veers off script at
probably more than what we should say," the Packers' top
receiver said coyly. "He could have just thrown it out at
Davante's feet and it would have been the same as spiking it. So,
obviously, smart quarterback, veteran quarterback, has been in a
lot of situations and is in control of our offense."
Rodgers makes the
Packers' up-tempo attack all the more dangerous, even with limited
experience at receiver outside of Nelson and Randall Cobb and
limited production at tight end.
The lack of
turnovers has helped immensely. Rodgers is already known for not
throwing a lot of picks. Already this season, the Packers are tied
with the Patriots in turnover differential at plus-9, with the
defense having come up with 13 takeaways.
"We do a
good job taking care of the football but the defense needs to take
it away like they have been doing. We're still low in areas where
we'd like to be better (offensively) to take some pressure off our
defense," Rodgers said.
McCarthy pointed at efficiency with the ball as an area the
offense needs improvement overall. But there is little to quibble
with when it comes to Rodgers.
Aaron is playing very, very well. I think he's spoiled us. I've
seen him play better," McCarthy said. "I mean, the way
we're taking care of the football, the big plays and timely plays
As for that one
interception in Seattle, a ball thrown a little behind Nelson
deflected off his hands.
take it," Nelson said, shouldering the blame. "That way,
he's 15-0. There you go."
CBs Sam Shields (knee) and Tramon Williams (ankle) did not
participate in practice Wednesday after getting hurt against
Miami. "We'll give them every opportunity to get ready,"
McCarthy said about his veteran corners. "I think Tramon is
closer than Sam." ... WR Jarrett Boykin (groin) and DE Datone
Jones (ankle) were limited after missing last week. LB Jamari
Lattimore was also limited Wednesday after leaving the Dolphins
game with a neck stinger.