Aaron Rodgers looks razor sharp

The Green Bay Packers marched to an empty American Bank Stadium on Sunday and left with an impressive Week 1 victory, four touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers and an impressive offensive performance to beat the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener.

Here are the top 10 TechWiz on the Packers’ 43-34 Vikings:

Aaron Rodgers looked like a scary version of Aaron Rodgers

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Aaron Rodgers combined his three most important qualities as a quarterback – decider, accuracy and creativity – to create a devastatingly effective performance in the season opener. He completed 32 passes for 364 yards and four scores, a status line indication of how well he played in Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Rodgers threw in time, attacking every part of the field. He spent all summer talking about how comfortable he felt with the timing and progress of the passing game, and it showed extensively on Sunday. The ball went out of his hand fast. He attacked in the bottom, deep and intermediate areas. Everything was easy and visible in rhythm.

And everything came out of his hand accurately. He has 442 out of his passes (32 – 7). of percent completed, but was accurate on of5 to 90 percent of their total efforts. Twice, Marquez Waldes-Scantling dropped big gains. Davante Adams had at least two goals he should hold. Most importantly, everything was thrown with terrible ball placement, which allows for easy catches and run-of-the-catch opportunities. The bucket throw was perfect to end the first half on a deep, 45-yard score to Valdes-Scantling.

In the end, Rodgers threw in some creativity, a trademark of his career. On his first touchdown pass, Rodgers bought time to his right and threw a throw over Adams’s back shoulder, which broke open for a second during the melee drill, spun back and went out of bounds in the end zone. First catch was dripped. . This was the vintage Roger. Later, he delivered a ball from right and side to Alan Lazard, allowing the ball to fit into a small window for another score.

Rodgers has not been able to combine decisiveness, accuracy and creativity as he has consistently worked long hours on Sundays. If he can do it consistently throughout the season, he will be the MVP candidate and the Packers will be very, very good.

Three cheers for WR Group

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The Packers did not make this offseason an addition to the wide receiver group, a curious decision for a team that was inconsistent in the passing game a year ago. On Sunday, the team’s top three receivers turned in a highly productive overall performance against a highly productive and inexperienced Vikings cornerback group.

Davant Adams caught 14 passes for 156 yards and two scores. But he did not do it alone in the passing game. Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught four passes for 96 yards and a score, and Alan Lazard caught four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. In total, the Packers receivers caught 22 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. Aron Rodgers had a pass rating of 154.9, targeting all three Sundays.

Keep in mind, Adams dropped a potential touchdown, and Valdes-Scantling dropped two potential big plays. The receivers were not perfect, but they did not need to be.

The Packers have a path forward for these three to keep the passing game humming, especially if Rodgers and Adams remain locked up, with Valdes-Scantling constantly threatening the stands and Lazard doing all the thanksgiving. Sunday was a good day for the Packers’ plan at receiver.

Zaiy Alexander turns game

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Alexander gave Adam Thielen a late touchdown, but he converted the game with a pair of huge plays in the first half. His improvisational blitz resulted in a safety, and his well-timed blocking set up a huge touchdown just before half.

With the Vikings backing their 1-yard line, Alexander said he took a run and attacked from the left side of the offense. He entered the unblocked backfield, and when Kirk Cousins ​​kept the ball etched for a run, Alexander made an easy sack in the end zone, scoring two points. The Packers consequently punted and kissed the field, eventually settling for a field goal.

Alexander’s play helped erase most of the damage, with the ball as hard as a turn over at the 1-yard line.

At the end of the second quarter, Alexander dropped Cousins’ wrong pass at the 41-yard line with 34 seconds left. After two plays, Aaron Rodgers hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 45-yard touchdown, taking the Packers’ lead to 22-7.

Alexander’s two plays helped the Packers score 12 points in the first half.

Big credit to OL coach Adam Stanevich

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) checked guard Lane Taylor (65) after being injured against the Minnesota Vikings during their football game on Sunday, September 13, 2020, at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minneapolis. Green Bay won 43-. 34.

Assistant coaches rarely get credit, but Packers Offensive Line coach Adam Stanwetch deserves much praise for his group – which shuffled and then shuffled – for Sunday’s performance.

The Packers had to improve along the offensive line to start Weekle 1, using Elgton Jenkins in the left Talgut and Lucas Patrick at left guard with Billy Turner injured. When Patrick went down with a shoulder injury, Jenkins went back to left guard and Rick Wagner entered the game at the right tackle. Later, the right guard Lane Taylor went down, and was replaced by the crook John Royan.

The Packers still did not allow a sack and rushed for 158 total yards.

Aaron Rodgers hit twice despite trying only 44 passes, and the Packers averaged 5.0 yards per carry to the ground (not counting under two knees to end the game).

An offensive line along which many injuries and moving pieces could fall. Stenavich’s group stuck together and played a terrible game on Sunday. Jenkins, a second-year player who had to shuffle all over, was particularly impressive.

Matt Lafleur throws book on Mike Zimmer

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur works against the Minnesota Vikings during their football game Sunday, September 13, 2020, at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minneapolis.

The Packers Offense produced 43 points, 522 total yards and 31 first downs. Matt LaFleur’s team only won once, and this came after a receiver at number three.

It was an effective offensive performance, and Lafleur’s fingerprints were all over it.

The Packers play callgirl mixed personnel. He mixed yogas. He used pre-snap motion and run action. He kept a run-pass balance. He wrote plays to attack every part of the field. They defended everything Mike Zimmer and the Vikings did and could not.

LaFleur has some versatile pieces, most notably Tyler Erwin and Josiah DeGara. They both played all over the field and gave the Vikings issues, both before and after time.

Aaron Rodgers played a terrible game, but he was helped a lot by his play collar on Sunday. In a fight between LaFleur and Zimmer, the Packers coach scored another decisive victory.

Empty stadiums fit Aaron Rodgers

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Empty stadiums and quiet environments in 2020 rob the teams of the already built home field. Aaron Rodgers The advantages of a silent stadium will always ensure the Packers’ way.

Rodgers drew the Vikings on three different times on Sunday. Twice, five yards put the Packers in first place. On the third, he hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling on an independent play for 39 yards, setting up a touchdown.

Rodger is going to be a problem for rescue in these environments. His rhythm can be heard from the press box, and it is no surprise that it gives a lot of problems to the nearby crowd. He changes the count so well. The rushers have no chance of completing it at the right time, and when they speculate, it is almost always wrong. When this is incorrect, and the authorities let the play go, Rodgers went into attack mode.

Rodgers is about to receive free plays as long as the stadiums are empty. And probably a lot of free plays and a lot of big plays.

UDFA Christmas Barnes Shines

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No one expected that Chris Barnes, who was released in the final cutdown, signed into the practice squad and then promoted to the 53-man roster on Saturday, to play as many Sundays as possible. Maybe a picture here or there. Maybe some special teams.

No, Barnes did not play sporadically only. He was Mike Pettin’s starter inside the line Petecker, and played most of the game.

Barnes had some rough snacks, but eventually settled down. The untested free agent linebacker assisted a short-circuited two drives in the first half to both deal with a loss on the Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. On another, he diagnosed a screen play, running back to the spot and leaving Cook behind the line.

Will the Packers be able to rely on Barnes to play a larger role throughout the season? Who knows. But the miscreants reached a big chance on Sunday and survived, making two big stops in the first half. Barnes finished with seven tackles and a team-high two defeats.

Injury to watch: Kenny Clarke

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The Packers lost offensive lineman Lucas Patrick and Len Taylor, both to potentially serious injuries. But the major injury concern coming Sunday is Kenny Clarke, who was ruled out in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle is an important part of both Mike Pattin’s run and running back at quarterback. It will be difficult to lose him for a significant period. The fact that the Packers ruled him to start the second half is a related sign. More must go this week.

Defense, Still an Issue?

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The Vikings running Dalvin Cook ran for only 50 yards, but the Packers dominated football and the game went out of hand in the second and third quarters. Initially, it seemed the Packers might have more issues against the run, especially with the base defense on the field. The Vikings carried the ball forward without resistance on their first drive. Overall, Cook and Alexander Mattison ran for 100 yards and two scores on just 18 carries, and the two would probably have done too much damage had the game flow been different. Run defense can still be a matter of great concern, especially if Kenny Clarke has to lose time.

what does this mean?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) congratulated wide receiver Alan Lazard (13) against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 13, 2020, after a touchdown during his football game at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minneapolis. Green Bay won 43. -34.

The Packers won by nine points, but the difference between these two teams was more than nine points. Matt LaFleur’s team scored 19 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth quarter. More importantly, the Packers received a road win against a division rival, and many believe the Vikings could make a playoff-caliber team in 2020. It was a terrible start, especially for the offense. The Vikings were inexperienced in the corner and lacked a pass-razor, so the Packers attacked ruthlessly and efficiently and Aaron Rodgers made a vintage performance. It is a win, but it is still an important one. And the Packers have to feel good about the way they control the game even after some initial hiccups in the Red Zone.