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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers believed his offense had been building toward what happened on Sunday afternoon. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur echoed a similar sentiment, saying he’d noticed hints that suggested big things were coming. Now the rest of the football world can see what they’d been anticipating. This is what the Packers’ passing game is supposed to look like when Rodgers and LaFleur are clicking.
Don’t let the 42-24 score fool you in the Packers’ win over the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. This game wasn’t even that close, at least not in the second half. Not with Rodgers operating at peak brilliance. The 35-year-old completed 80.6 percent of his passes (hitting on 25 of 31 attempts) for 429 yards. He threw five touchdown passes, ran for another and didn’t toss one interception. His quarterback rating for the contest was a perfect 158.3. And what’s really scary is how easy he made that look.
Rodgers had spent most of this season operating as a savvy game manager, one who did his best to utilize a solid rushing attack and an improved defense as he adapted to the offense LaFleur has installed in his first season with Green Bay (6-1). This win was about Rodgers reminding us of how lethal he can be when he’s on.
“I feel like this has been coming,” said Rodgers, who had thrown for less than 300 yards in all five of the Packers’ previous wins this season. “I feel like we’ve been building. I know I’ve been feeling a lot more comfortable and Matt has been more comfortable as far as knowing when to be aggressive and when to pull back.”
The major storyline in Green Bay this offseason revolved around the relationship between Rodgers and LaFleur. Rodgers was the future first-ballot Hall of Famer who reportedly couldn’t find a way to co-exist with former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy at the end of their run together. LaFleur was th
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