Earlier this week Vikings DT Kevin Williams pointed out that in last year’s Week 1 meeting between the Vikings and Packers, QB Aaron Rodgers surprised the Vikings with his ability to escape the pocket and create plays with his feet. Indeed, Rodgers had 8 carries for 35 yards and 1 TD during that game and he managed to escape a number of sacks.
But Williams also mentioned that the Vikings buttoned things up in meeting #2 last year after noting his ability to elude the rush. In the 2nd game last year, Rodgers was sacked 4 times and the Vikings also recorded 2 safeties.
On Friday during his weekly press conference, Frazier was asked if he’s seen any differences in the Rodgers of this year.
“He seems to be a little more pocket savvy,” Frazier explained. “He always has had that escapeability; the ability to avoid the rush and so on, but he seems to have a little more pocket presence and he is making some excellent decision at the quarterback position. That’s probably the thing I have noticed the most in those first three games, his pocket presence and then his ability to make good decisions.”
I haven’t been privy to watching as much film as Frazier, but the numbers certainly back up what he’s saying. In 3 games so far this season, Rodgers has compiled a passer rating of 97.2 and has thrown zero interceptions. Both of those stats clearly demonstrate sound decision making.
While he’s become more pocket savvy, Rodgers has also maintained the ability to make plays with his feet. He has gained 88 yards on 15 rushing attempts. The flip side of that, though, is that Rodgers has also been sacked a league-high12 times. Maybe Rodgers high number of rushing attempts are more a function of being forced from the pocket than of trying to make plays with his feat.
Either way, the battle between Rodgers making sound decisions/escaping the pass rush and the Vikings containing Rodgers/pressuring him to make bad decisions will be paramount in Monday night’s game.
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