Meanwhile the Packers continue their march to greatness
The Green Bay Packers used six total touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers and three stops inside the red zone from Mike Pettine’s defense to cruise past the Oakland Raiders by a
42-17 final score on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
It was over when …
… cornerback Kevin King hauled in a tipped pass to intercept Derek Carr in the end zone, halting a second consecutive drive in the red zone and preserving the Packers’ 18-point lead with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.
QB Aaron Rodgers: Tough day for the “Aaron Rodgers isn’t elite” crowd. Rodgers threw five touchdown passes and ran in another, showcasing the same ruthless efficiency and playmaking ability that once defined his prime years.
S Adrian Amos: He broke up two passes – including the tipped pass in the end zone that resulted in an interception – and delivered at least two crunching tackles of former Packers receiver Trevor Davis in the open field.
P JK Scott: His three punts averaged 55.3 yards. His first punt was a beauty – 52 yards, inside the 20-yard line, with over five seconds of hang time.
158.3: Aaron Rodgers’ passer rating. That’s a perfect passer rating based on the NFL’s calculation. Sunday was the first time Rodgers has ever finished a game with a perfect passer rating. His previous high was 155.4.
– Aaron Rodgers has been playing extremely well the last two or three games. On Sunday, the numbers accurately reflected the performance.
– Rodgers’ final numbers: 25 completions on 31 attempts for 429 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He completed 80.6 percent of his passes and averaged 13.5 yards per attempt.
– Rodgers hit five different receivers for touchdowns and would have thrown six to six different players had Geronimo Allison not stepped out of bounds on an overturned score.
– Rodgers completed 10 passes to running backs for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 11 passes to receivers for 262 yards and two touchdowns. And he completed four passes to tight ends for 65 yards and one score (all Jimmy Graham).
– Marquez Valdes-Scantling overcame ankle and knee injuries to produce two catches for 133 yards, including a 59-yarder that set up a touchdown to start the second half and a game-sealing 74-yard score in the fourth quarter.
– The Packers defense got chewed up, really from start to finish, but they delivered three different stops without giving up points inside the red zone. That was the difference in the game. Derek Carr fumbled out of the end zone, Josh Jacobs was stopped short on fourth down from the 1-yard line and King picked off Carr on a tipped pass.
– The Packers offensive line played well, but Rodgers will be a sore dude on Monday. He got hit hard several times.
– Blake Martinez tallied 16 tackles, but the box score lies. He had a tough afternoon. Rookie running back Josh Jacobs beat him left and right, and the Raiders picked on No. 50 in the passing game.
– Raiders tight end Darren Waller caught seven passes for 126 yards and two scores. Credit Jon Gruden. He found ways to get the ball to his top playmaker. He clearly used the two weeks to find a bunch of ways to attack Pettine’s group.
– The Packers didn’t have a single sack or quarterback hit on Derek Carr and Mike Glennon.
– The Packers are 6-1 and have a legitimate chance to get back home in Week 10 at 8-1.
– Up next: The Packers go on the road to play the Pat Mahomes-less Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.