Much of the hype surrounding Monday night’s Vikings-Packers game will center around Vikings QB Brett Favre. After 16 years of suiting up for the green and gold to battle the Vikings, Favre will now wear purple and gold and try to defeat the Packers.
But there’s another QB in the game whose performance will help determine the outcome of the game – Aaron Rodgers. In 2 games against the Vikings last year, Rodgers couldn’t have had 2 different kinds of starts.
In Lambeau, he was efficient and productive while leading Green Bay to a 24-19 season-opening win on Monday Night Football. Rodgers was 18 of 22 that evening for 178 yards and 1 TD. He had a passer rating of 115.5, was sacked 0 times and even had 8 carries for 35 yards and 1 TD.
In the Metrodome 9 weeks later, Rodgers wasn’t nearly as good. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 142 yards with 0 TDs. His passer rating was just 72.9, he had only 1 rush for 1 yard and he was sacked 4 times. On top of all that, he was responsible for 2 safeties, one via penalty and another when DE Jared Allen ran him down in the endzone. The Vikings won 28-27 along the way to winning the NFC North title.
Standing near his locker on Tuesday, Vikings DT Kevin Williams was asked about Rodgers. He pointed out the differences in Rodgers 2 starts, and said it was clear that the QB was much more comfortable in Week 1 last year than he was later in the season at the Metrodome.
Now that they have 2 games of experience against him, Williams said the Vikings defense should be more prepared and will have a plan of attack.
“That first game last year, we didn’t know what to expect and didn’t realize he could run so well,” Williams said. “We’re going to keep that in the back of our mind and keep him under wraps like we did in the second game; keep him in the pocket and make him throw it.”
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