Sacking Aaron Rodgers Isn't Always This Easy

Danny Woods
October 15, 2017

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer explained why Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his offense is so effective in the red zone.

If no one will acknowledge that Rodgers struggled for a stretch, most can at least agree that what he's done over the last 14 games has been vintage Rodgers, especially in the comeback wins he engineered on September 24 against the Bengals in overtime and Sunday at Dallas. However, the Vikings did manage to pull off the upset and defeat the Packers 17-14 at home a year ago.

The Vikings continued to prove they have one of the best defenses in the National Football League as a late interception led to their third victory of the season. Case Keenum then led the Vikings to three scoring drives, completing 17/21 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.

They can put together long drives, and use their front four to rattle Rodgers when he's on the field, taking advantage of the Packers' injuries without having to commit extra defenders to rush Rodgers.

With Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of Sunday's game with a groin injury, the onus is on other players at the position to step up.

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Rodgers has been a key component to Green Bay's success, as he's thrown 11 of the 15 red-zone scores. He's been sacked a league-high 19 times amid protection woes along the Packers' offensive line. However, Aaron Rodgers looks like he may be on his way to the third MVP of his career. There were a lot of questions about how effective Minnesota's rushing attack when rookie running back Dalvin Cook went down with an ACL injury.

The 14-game numbers from that point to right before the Philadelphia game weren't pretty (including two playoff games after the 2015 season): just five wins against nine losses, 31 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, a 61.7 percent completion rate and a 91.7 passer rating. They've also gone through three running backs already and at times have played without all three of their top receivers: Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb. At $7,200, he's unlikely to produce on the level of that pricey of a back. McKinnon's speed and versatility can cause some serious matchup issues for the Packers. "That's just the process that we go through so we feel we come into game time with the best plays available".

As for my prediction in the contest, I expect the Packers to win by double digits.

"They run a number of different coverages and pressures from the same look, so there's some guessing involved especially when you play on the road there", Packers quarterback Aaron Rodger said. The Packers now own first place in the NFC North, so this is definitely a big game for both clubs. This offensive balance will keep the Vikings' defensive line off guard and should lead to several big plays.

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