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Rodgers, Pack Both Right on Target

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are defending their title with gusto. Standing at 8-0 at the mid-way point of the season, they are currently on target for perfection. Aaron Rodgers is also on target, with just about everything that he comes in contact with, these days it seems that he can do no wrong. The elements like wind and rain aren't supposed to be conducive to great quarterbacking in an NFL game. Both Rodgers and Phillip Rivers pushed that notion aside as they lit up the scoreboard in a Packer victory in San Diego 45-38.

Rodgers accuracy was on display all day long. He hit 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards, and hit four different receivers for touchdowns. Jermichael Finley caught one from 5 yards out, Jordy Nelson from 16, James Jones had his from 21, and Greg Jennings scored from the 4. It was the typical Rodgers that we've come to know in recent years. "I think Aaron has a lot of strengths. His decision making is clearly the highest level that I have personally been a part of." Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of the Super Bowl MVP.

With all of Rodgers good deeds yesterday, it all would have gone for naught had the defense not been on the receiving end of some Phillip Rivers love. Within a 6 minute span in the first quarter, Charlie Peprah and Tramon Williams each were the benefactors of a Rivers T.A.I.N.T. (Touchdown After INT) That quickly gave the Packers a 21-7 lead at the end of the first period. This was a typical day from Rodgers, and yet it still seemed as if he wasn't at his best. He was sacked 4 times, but did take off running 8 times for 52 yards.

The 4 yard touchdown to Jennings came with just over 10 minutes of the fourth quarter remaining, and gave the Pack a seemingly insurmountable lead. Phil Rivers isn't one to give up,he did his comeback impersonation, and hit Vincent Jackson from 5 yards out, and set them up for an onside kick attempt,which they recovered.Rivers then led another scoring drive that culminated in a third TD pass to Jackson from 29 yards out. It was Jackson's third TD of the day, and the fourth for Rivers. Rivers also threw three INT's, with two of them being T.A.I.N.T.'s as previously noted.

The Chargers held the Packers as they tried to kill the clock, but ended up getting the ball back for one last try with 1:05 left. Rivers moved them to the Packer side of the field, with help from Charles Woodson and an interference penalty. With one final heave, Rivers took a chance deep, and it feel into the waiting arms of Peprah, who got his second pick of the day, and just for fun ran it back 76 yards to the San Diego 6. They lined up in "Victory" formation and kneeled down to end it.

There's been some talk of the Packers able to go undefeated or not. This is a different situation than with the Colts of a few years back. This is the Green Bay Packers, they hold a different level of clout in the NFL. If this storied franchise had a chance to do the improbable, it would mean the world to Cheeseheads all over the world. The schedule is set up quite nicely for them, so I'd put the odds of them doing it right around 75-80%. It would seem that the only team that can stop them from immortality, is the Green Bay Packers.


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