Aaron Rodgers is back in the headlines, and now the Packers are getting into some action.
Rodgers is expected to be a key factor in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game between the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings, and the Packers offense is on the rise.
Rodgers was limited in practice last week, but his performance is encouraging.
He was targeted three times on Sunday, and he completed seven of nine passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus.
That’s a very good touchdown rate for a rookie quarterback.
In his first game back after missing four weeks with a broken leg, Rodgers is throwing the ball like he’s been there for years.
He’s been throwing the football like this since Week 1, and his accuracy has improved each week.
“I was throwing the same things I’ve been doing my whole career, the same stuff,” Rodgers said after Sunday’s practice.
“I feel like I’m getting better with the game and the way the game is going.
It feels great, man.
It’s been a long time.”
On Sunday, the Packers will face the defending Super Bowl champions, and Rodgers will be the star of the show.
His receivers are all making plays, and they’re not afraid to attack the secondary with quick routes.
The Packers’ defense has been getting beaten all season long, and it’s now giving up the third-most touchdowns (42) in the NFL.
It was the worst showing by the Packers’ defensive unit this season.
But the Packers haven’t been playing without Rodgers.
He threw for 2,937 yards and 28 touchdowns with just four interceptions in 2016.
His offense has taken off, too, with Rodgers now completing 64.7 percent of his passes this season, including a 56.2 percent clip this season and 81.7 in 2017.
Rodgers said he’s not worried about the quarterback position, which is why he’s excited to get back on the field.
“When you get a chance to get a fresh start, you never know,” Rodgers told reporters after Sunday night’s practice, per ESPN.
“So we’ll see how the game goes and what I can do.”