With Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Green Bay Packers have towered above the competition both last night against the Seattle Seahawks and through the two exhibition games to date.
As far as last evening goes, the first-string offense came into the game expecting to play 20 plays. On two possessions, they scored two touchdowns, played 18 plays and gave way other players the remainder of the game.
"Two possessions, two scores. You've got to be happy with that," said Rodgers after the game. "Our biggest thing is getting into a rhythm. We did a good job with that. We converted third downs."
The No. 1 offense converted all four third down chances they saw as they built up a 14-7 lead before leaving the game. The No. 2 and No. 3 offenses wouldn't fare as well, but the tone had been set for the rest of the game. For the entire game, the Packers converted 9-of-15 third downs, good for 60%.
By comparison, the Seahawks only converted as many third downs the entire game as the Packers first-string offense did on two possessions when they went 4-of-12 for 33%.
"Play calling was good as far as getting us into manageable situations on third down, getting me into a rhythm passing the ball, and we're tough to stop when that's happening," said Rodgers.
Of the four third downs the No. 1 offense faced in their two possessions, only one would have been considered third-and-long, which occurred on their first possession.
Facing 3rd-and-8 from the Seattle 13, Rodgers hit tight end Jermichael Finley for a 12-yard gain down to the 1-yard line, which set up the short touchdown toss to John Kuhn to take a 7-0 lead.
On the more methodical 12-play, 76-yard drive that ate up nearly seven minutes on the clock, the Packers only faced third downs of two, five and six yards. The last of which was a 3rd-and-6 from the Seattle 12 where Rodgers found Finley in the endzone to re-take the lead.
"It's never easy," said Rodgers. "It's all about execution for us. It's all about moving the ball, converting on third downs, converting in the red zone."
The Packers ended up with a 75% red-zone efficiency, and the only time they didn't come away with a touchdown, they at least left with a Mason Crosby 34-yard field goal.
Over the course of the two preseason games, Rodgers couldn't be much be much better.
"I think he has been excellent," said head coach Mike McCarthy of Rodgers. "He has been sharp, and he’s doing all of the little things that are necessary to continue to spread the ball around and keep our offense in good looks, he’s doing an excellent job."
It would be nearly impossible to ask for much more out of Rodgers. Through the first two games, he's completing passes at an impossible over-80% clip, hitting 20-of-24 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions with a quarterback rating of 154.0.
To think that Rodgers can keep performing at the same rate over the course of the regular season would be unrealistic, but it's hard to believe that the Packers aren't going to have one of the most explosive offenses in the entire NFL.
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