Aaron Rodgers throws for four TDs as Inexperienced Bay Packers quiet critics with bounce-back effort vs. Detroit Lions

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Do not mistake Aaron Rodgers for somebody who did not care after the Green Bay Packers bombed of their season-opening loss on the New Orleans Saints.

However for many who thought as a lot — and Rodgers clearly heard those that did — he appeased them after Monday evening’s 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Area.

“I believe we perhaps tried to point out that we cared a bit of bit extra tonight,” Rodgers stated.

Rodgers would not say he was bothered by the commentary, however he acknowledged he was effectively conscious of it.

“There’s so many overreactions that occur from a week-to-week foundation,” Rodgers stated. “So it is good to come back out, have a very good efficiency and get the trolls off our again for no less than every week.”

The Packers averted their first 0-2 begin because the 2006 season, two years earlier than Rodgers even turned their beginning quarterback, and will have realistically been an 0-Three get thinking about they play on the San Francisco 49ers subsequent Sunday evening.

They did so by getting again to what they did greatest final season: a mixture of Aaron Jones, though with a twist on Monday evening, together with Davante Adams and Robert Tonyan; and, after all, with an on-target Rodgers making all of it work.

Jones scored 4 instances, however three of them have been receiving touchdowns — probably the most by an NFL working again in six years. Rodgers lastly linked on a deep ball — a 50-yarder — that arrange Tonyan’s landing catch. The one factor missing was Marquez Valdes-Scantling going deep, and Rodgers lamented not connecting with him, on a couple of event, saying, “It kills me that I missed him.”

Nonetheless, Rodgers managed to finish 22 of 27 passes (81.5%) for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns. It was his seventh profession sport with no less than 4 touchdowns and an 80% completion price. Solely Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, with eight every, have extra in NFL historical past.

“I did suppose we had a fairly good week of prep,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur stated. “I felt fairly good going into our prep versus New Orleans, and definitely after we went on the market it did not look excellent. So our guys, they’re resilient. They’re going to proceed to battle. We have a variety of veterans, not solely on the offense however on the protection, as effectively; and we gotta proceed to enhance every day and every week, and we gotta be certain that we take it and take a look at it one sport at a time.

“You possibly can by no means get too excessive on your self on this league as a result of you can be humbled in a rush, and I believe that occurred to us every week in the past.”

What would possibly please Rodgers and LaFleur probably the most was that they helped debunk the notion that there is a blueprint for stopping their offense. The Saints shut them down by hardly ever blitzing and sitting again in protection. The Lions tried the identical factor.

Detroit blitzed (outlined as sending 5 or extra pass-rushers) solely 5 instances on Monday, three greater than the Saints did.

The place Rodgers struggled in opposition to commonplace strain final week — 13-of-26 for 126 yards with two interceptions — he thrived in opposition to it versus the Lions with 19 of 22 accomplished passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Data analysis.

“Folks wish to say a variety of bulls—, and it is good to come back again in right here after a sport like that,” Rodgers stated.

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