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The quarterback seems dialed in and ready to take no prisoners in his quest for a second Super Bowl ring.Will he be able to pull it off in the long season ahead?Time will tell, but you’d be foolish to bet against number 12.Rodgers is front and center in today’s cheese curds plus why unicorns may not be all they’re cracked up to be.Packers’ Aaron Rodgers sees benefits in playing Thursday in home exhibition—PackersNews.comIt’s hard to believe but Rodgers has not thrown a pass on the turf at Lambeau Field in over 300 days thanks to last season’s collarbone injury.Rodgers sees benefits to playing Thursday despite obvious risks and given how slow the offense has started the past few years, it’s really hard to argue against him.Aaron Rodgers raves about new TE Jimmy Graham—Packers WireMany fans are still bemoaning the loss of Jordy Nelson, but should Rodgers and Graham develop the same kind of connection then many will forget the loss of number 87. Judging by Rodgers’ comments and what’s been seen in practice so far, we could see something special between the tight end and quarterback. Aaron Rodgers on practice criticism: It’s not personal, it’s business—ESPNRodgers generated headlines by calling out his younger receivers’ “piss poor” effort in a previous practice and those youngsters replied with a solid overall showing in last week’s preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.Rodgers hopes the guys didn’t take it personally, and judging by the results it looks like they didn’t. 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Such a moment occurred during the final two minutes of regulation during Sunday’s NFC North tilt between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.On the Vikings’ final drive of regulation, pass rusher Clay Matthews hit Kirk Cousins just as the quarterback released the football. Moments later, the ball fell into the waiting arms for rookie corner Jaire Alexander for the game-sealing interception. Alexander performed his first Lambeau LeapHowever, while Alexander performed his first Lambeau Leap, the officials flagged Matthews for roughing the passer [url=http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-josh-jackson-jersey]Cheap Josh Jackson Jersey[/url] , a penalty which reversed the turnover and extended the Vikings’ drive. Eight plays later, Cousins threw his best pass of the afternoon to Adam Thielen, who corralled the ball for a touchdown. A successful extra point followed to tie the game at 29.According to the pool report, game official Tony Corrente said Matthews “hit the quarterback, he lifted him and drove him into the ground.” He further elaborated that his crew’s flag “had nothing to do with the rule of full body weight. It has nothing to do with helmet to helmet. [Matthews] picked the quarterback up and drove him into the ground.”Review of the play raises questions about Corrente’s entire explanation. Matthews did nothing to “lift” Cousins nor did the linebackers’ hit appear to apply any unnecessary force to “drive” him into the ground. Short of not hitting the quarterback at all, Matthews could have done nothing else to elude the flag and keep the Minnesota drive alive.Certainly, other factors helped determine the outcome of Sunday’s game; The Packers’ decision to run inside zone on third-and-2 in the red zone during their first drive of the fourth quarter; Lane Taylor’s holding penalty negating a Jimmy Graham touchdown; Mason Crosby’s missed field goal at the end of regulation; Rodgers fumble on the run-pass option in overtime. But those examples all fall under the category of player performance. The misapplied penalty fell outside of either team’s control and had at least as much impact on the final result.Ultimately, the NFL has muddied defenders’ understanding of the quarterback protections in a fashion quite similar to the old catch rule. 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Week 12’s rematch with the Vikings takes place at the formidable U.S. Bank Stadium, giving an edge to the reigning NFC North champions. Green Bay needs to establish a cushion before then in case Minnesota wins the head-to-head tiebreaker.Aaron Jones set to return next weekThe Packers’ running game improved over Week 1’s showing against the Chicago Bears, but that doesn’t mean the backfield rotation hit all its marks.Jamaal Williams managed just 59 yards on 16 carries and couldn’t convert on a key third-and-2 during the fourth quarter. Ty Montgomery fared better statistically (31 yards on five carries), but his issues in pass protection and his ever-present risk of injury limit how much he can contribute in that role. 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Rather, the trio can work in concert to improve the ground game and keep each from taking on an overbearing workload. All three dealt with injuries last year that likely stemmed from overuse. Jones doesn’t need 300 carries to significantly impact Green Bay. His elusiveness and viability as a between-the-tackles runner add a dimension to the offense that can take pressure off the still-ailing Rodgers and the passing attack.

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