Cory's Corner: Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Have To Do It All

The moment is finally at hand.

Game week. Not preseason game week and not another week trying to figure out who has made strides in practice.

The Green Bay Packers finally get to play a game that matters. However, it comes at a price. They will not only be playing their hated rival on the road on national television, buy the Packers will be playing a pretty good team. The Bears were No. 1 last season in points per game allowed with just 17.7 and third in yards per game with 299.7.

Playing the Bears in the season opener is tough enough. But throw in the fact that the offense hasn't really been seen yet and you've got a whole new thing to worry about. Aaron Rodgers pulled a rabbit out of his hat last year when he led the Packers to 21 fourth quarter points and a season-opening 24-23 win over the Bears at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers has plenty of pixie dust left in his right arm, but I doubt he will be able to mimic the same Sunday night outcome.

With a brand new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new quarerbacks coach, it would've made sense to play Rodgers at least a few snaps in the preseason. The trio of Matt LaFleur, Nathaniel Hackett and Luke Getsy can claim that practices were efficient and they got a lot of work done. I'm sure they did. However, during practice, Rodgers is wearing a red jersey and in a game the defensive players want to cover him in grass stains.

There's a reason why it takes defensive players up to three weeks to be able to tackle properly. It's because teams aren't allowed to tackle in practice anymore. And in that same wavelength, think from the offensive point of view. Rodgers plays for a month and doesn't get touched. The offense looks pretty spectacular at times in practice, mainly because the defense cannot do very much against him.

Fast forward to the season opener. How do you think Rodgers will absorb the first few hits against the Bears? Probably not very well, because he hasn't been hit in a long time. I'm not saying Rodgers should welcome any and all contact, but what I am saying is that he cannot be gun shy when the Bears blitz breaks through the line.

I think Green Bay has the tools to win the NFC North for the first time since 2016. LaFleur is building the offense around the run and making sure that side of the ball has more balance. And the defense got flat-out more athletic and quicker.

However, the Packers play in the NFC, easily the tougher conference. Four of the final six games are on the road including back-to-back trips to Minnesota and Detroit. Both places haven't been kind to the Packers recently.
All I'm saying is, don't act like the sky is falling if the Packers start out cold on Thursday night. To be honest, I would be surprised if they didn't. The receiver depth chart has a new wideout at the No. 2 and 3 spots and the starting tight end isn't that quick anymore and also cannot block.

What is the identity of this team? That's a great question. Get back to me around Week 4, I will let you know. Until then, this team is figuring it out on the fly. You cannot mimic Khalil Mack or Roquan Smith in practice. Those guys are dynamic players that really cause headaches for offensive coordinators.

That's why I wouldn't mind a 1-1 start to the season after games against Chicago and Minnesota. Deep down, the Packers would take that as well, knowing that their future Hall of Fame quarterback didn't play a snap in the preseason as well as many other starters.

This is one of the oddest Packers teams to predict because it is all so new. Will Rodgers get his feathers ruffled whenever LaFleur calls in a running play? Will Davante Adams be upset when his targets take a dip this year? How will Z'Darius Smith make people forget about Clay Matthews? Can Kenny Clark take over a game in the waning moments, kind of like Reggie White vs. Denver in 1993? And finally, is Jaire Alexander the next line of great shutdown corners?

The Packers cut the fat from last year, starting with the head coach on the way down to personnel. The franchie has been in a transition mode and this is the first step in that process. Plenty of people have doubted Rodgers over the offseason. But that's exactly why I think Rodgers will have a great year.

This is his year to redeem himself and prove why he is the best passer in the game. Now, he may get to that point by throwing mainly 10-15 yard passes. But Rodgers should understand that first downs will destroy opposing defenses as long as the tempo remains at a high level.

Rodgers is the best player on the Packers, but he doesn't have to do it by himself. The sooner that mentality isn't taken for granted, the sooner this team will be a consistent winner again.

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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EdsLaces's picture

September 03, 2019 at 06:29 am

Lean ...on...Jones!

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croatpackfan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:04 am

How many snaps Aaron Jones played in the preseason?

And if he start he will be surely hit a lot and hard. Much more often than his name mate Rodgers...

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EdsLaces's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:28 am

How many starts 12 have in the pre season ?

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croatpackfan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:04 am

Double post

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ReaganRulz's picture

September 03, 2019 at 06:37 am

The same thing can be said for Trubinski....he hasn’t played in the pre season either, so getting hit by some of our new guys should make this whole thing interesting. As far as the Bears D....they are outstanding. But they have never seen the new Packer offense either. I expect a ton of AJones in the running and passing game. This will hopefully open up the passing game and we are off to the races. Time will tell!

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dobber's picture

September 03, 2019 at 07:39 am

Glad I read your post before posting the Bears' lack of playing time for their key players in the preseason, too.

Which player would you rather go into the regular season cold with: ARod or what's-his-name?

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Leatherhead's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:21 pm

His name is Trubisky. He had the league's 4th highest Quarterback Rating last year. His record as a starter was 11-3. He's very good at avoiding the sack and picking up first downs with his leg. He's an accurate passer who sees open receivers. He had a higher completion percentage for a higher yards/attempt average.

So, am I expecting Trubisky to come out and suck in the home opener, or that Aaron Rodgers is just so freakin' unbelievably superhuman that he goes out and dominates? No.

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TarynsEyes's picture

September 03, 2019 at 02:19 pm

' His name is Trubisky."

Just doesn't make one listen.

Maybe if he changed it to..." DALTON "

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Since'61's picture

September 03, 2019 at 03:11 pm

I thought it was twobitski. Oh well. Thanks, Since ‘61

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ReaganRulz's picture

September 03, 2019 at 06:55 pm

For those of us Packer fans who live in Bear territory.....his name is Trubinski. Drives them crazy :).

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PatrickGB's picture

September 03, 2019 at 07:06 am

I agree, I really don’t know what this offense will look like. But on paper the defense looks better. And I really really hope the STs have improved. What’s interesting this year is the enforcement of holding and the like on the offensive line. It’s seems to be stricter this year.

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hobowilly's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:56 am

hi PatGB! Hah.....can the ST's get any worse???????

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Rak47's picture

September 03, 2019 at 07:10 am

I really like this article Cory, maybe the best I've seen from you. You make some excellent points in regards to how will AR react to getting hit the first time all season?
As well as how others like LaFluer and Adams will handle adversity. I think those 3 will have the biggest impact and effect as to how the offense operates as a unit, mentally and physically out on the field.

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NickPerry's picture

September 03, 2019 at 07:15 am

"How will Z'Darius Smith make people forget about Clay Matthews?"

Ummmm... By actually getting more than 3.5 sacks...By generating more pressures and QB hits...By having other players who can provide pressure other than just CMIII himself (sometimes).

I have to be honest here Cory, I haven't thought of Matthews even once unless I read his name in an article. Please understand I'm not tearing down Matthews and/or what he meant to the GBP. I LOVED Matthews as a Packer. BUT let's face it, Matthews hadn't been Matthews since 2014. Gute has done a magnificent job of rebuilding this defense on the fly in 2 short seasons.

Your 100% correct Cory...Rodgers doesn't have to do it all by himself. He's finally got a defense again he can lean on. It may take a few weeks for the offense to score 30 points or more. BUT starting week one this defense will keep most under 20 points which will be more than good enough for Rodgers.

Packers 20 Bears 16

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hobowilly's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Nick! loved this post and hating to remind the fan base: 2014 was the NFCC where MM failed to manage the end of the game, whereby denying AR his second SB. Very correct on CMIII and basically the same for Cobby. As you aply stated, Gutey has done an outstanding rebuild job--his re-tooling to replace both will (repeat will) work out just fine. Loved them both as GBP's

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 03, 2019 at 07:19 am

The build up to this game has been amazing with all the off-season changes fueling hope for us Packer fans. I am hoping everyone can just sit back and enjoy this game. My main hope isn't so much the win or loss factor as it is that no key player gets injured seriously. It is a long season and a healthy Packers team will be in competition at the end. I am confidant of that!

By the way, all the ads popping up on the screen is really a bummer. Can hardly even post without having to knock down the ads repeatedly. Thanks!

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Tundraboy's picture

September 03, 2019 at 07:34 am

Not too worried about Rodgers being gun shy. Lol

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BoCallahan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 07:41 am

Also, not too worried of Devonte being upset when his targets decrease.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:06 am

Who is Devonte?

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BoCallahan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:19 am

Alternate spelling of Adoms’ 1st name.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:03 am

I have my own way of predicting game results - rating teams by their player's fantasy ranking. Packer offense; Rodgers gets picked at least 15 rounds ahead of what's-his-name. Davante is a 1st rounder and gets picked 10 rounds ahead of Robinson. Aaron Jones is a 2nd rounder and gets picked two rounds ahead of Montgomery. Tarik Cohen gets picked ahead of Allison but MVS gets picked and no other Bear receiver. Their D gets picked ahead of ours but many are taking the Packer D as a big sleeper pick. Looks like an easy win for the Pack.

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murf7777's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:20 am

“This is one of the oddest Packers teams to predict because it is all so new. “

I couldn’t agree more, whatever happens, it’s going to be exciting...let the year begin!

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:25 am

I would love to see the Packers come out this week and emphasize the run and the short passes to backs and TEs in the flat. The Packers haven't had an offense that forces an eighth man into the box for years, and if they can do enough to force the Bears to commit an extra man up front, it will give the passing game much more room to breathe.

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Kubyskins12's picture

September 04, 2019 at 06:57 am

I also want to see Rodger’s playing in rhythm with the offense. I want to see more quick passes , More utilizing the backs and the tight ends like you said and Utilizing the middle of the field more and
making the defense cover the whole field. I don’t want to see Rodger’s holding the ball and running around and throwing the ball away or taking sacks. I want to see a fast-paced offense that plays in rhythm and a quarterback making quick decisive decision’s and taking less hits. And obviously using the running game more with more play action game like you said. If rodger’s plays more like this he will look more like the old rodger’s and this offense will be one of the best in league. It’s up to rodger’s Getting rid of the bad habit he’s fell into the last three years of trying to play backyard football and playing off schedule all the time. I love the fact that he’s awesome at making those off schedule plays but that needs to be a rarity not every play, you can’t run an offense like that. If you remember the Bears game last year that second half was probably Rogers best half/game he had all year because the injury forced him to play with in the offense and get the ball out on time and let his receivers make plays after catch. I want to see the rodger’s from 2014 before jordy got hurt. That’s when the holding the ball every play started and hopefully this new offense gets the old on time, get ball out quick rodger’s back!

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Swisch's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Great stuff, K12.
It's almost as if I'd like to put a ball-and-chain around Rodgers' ankle so that he gets the ball out quick with passes and handoffs.
I'm hoping he sticks with the coaching of LaFleur during the good and bad times of implementing a new offense,
Rodgers needs to patient with his coaches and teammates in order to demonstrate true leadership.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:51 am

Another way I like to predict a season is by looking realistically at how many potential All-Pro players are on the team. Last year the only ones going in were Rodgers, Adams, Bak, and Clark. No one else really looked to be in that category. This year those four and add in Jaire, Z'Smith, Amos, and Aaron Jones. Combine them with upgrades like Savage, P. Smith, Turner, and much greater depth at CB and both lines... Pack wins the Division easily.

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Lare's picture

September 03, 2019 at 08:54 am

Rodgers should be relaxed in this offense as it protects him by running the ball more and for the first time in a long time it isn't all on his shoulders. He has Lafleur, Hackett and Getsy all there to put a lot of the load on their shoulders.

As always, it all comes down to the play on the line of scrimmage.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:59 pm

More WCO basics with Veer running game and motions. Not a static offensive set. The key will be if the Packer O line comes out with an attitude to dominate and hold their blocks. More Fullback and TE action to keep the OLBs honest. Lindsley has to contain Roquan Smith and counter the Bear stunts game. Like to see King take on Robinson and win that battle. Just 1 out of 16. The goal is to improve.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 03, 2019 at 09:03 am

I think this is the most important road game we play this year. This and @Minnesota.

Cory mentioned starting out slow....we don't have that luxury. A loss @Chicago and then another at home to Minnesota leaves us 0-2 in the division and that's not how you win a division title.

Of the two, it's more important to win the Minnesota game at home. If we can just manage to defend our homefield we'll have a chance at the playoffs.

I'm from the school of thought that says football games are not won, they are lost, and they are lost by turnovers, penalties, and poor execution. I think the Packers are more likely to lose this game than the Bears are, and I think we're going to start 0-1.

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dobber's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:06 am

0-2 isn't the end of the world, but two losses to conference/divisional rivals makes it hard to be a playoff team at all--WC or division. 2-0, and up at least one game on both Chicago and Minnesota, certainly puts them in the catbird seat in the division. But you're dead right: while there's no such thing as a must-win game in September, that Minnesota game at Lambeau is pretty close.

I don't expect a win on Thursday, but I'd be darn happy to see one. There's no shame in losing a road game to a good team.

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hobowilly's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:16 pm

OS, i get your comments. "I think this is the most important road game we play this year"; Agree that GB will do well to start 1-1 defending their turf. However, your quote above reminds me of the baseball commentators who state @ the end of April, this series is very very important. Humm. Yes, division games are key, winning @ home etc. but IMHO, perhaps the most important road game this year COULD be winning either the Chef game (doubt it LOL) or the following Bolt game. My gut tells me GB will beat the Ly-On twice so i'm not too worried over the last game of the year--the new staff earns the right to toast anywhere near a 10-6 year and may be able to rest AR on 29 December....we shall see...but start up the band with Matt and his baton

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 03, 2019 at 01:04 pm

49rs and Giants are NFC games so those road contest will be critical. The Norris teams may end up splitting their games with their North rivals?
Detroit will be improved. See who's standing by Dec 1st.

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JHitTheB's picture

September 03, 2019 at 05:49 pm

I'd rather have Alexander on A Rob. I doubt King is in condition enough to keep up with him.

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TarynsEyes's picture

September 03, 2019 at 09:19 am

The Bears will be looking to make a statement and some revenge for the defeat in last season's opener.

The Packers will be looking to show that the Rodgers-MLF connection is on the same page though many variations of that page exist.

Rodgers doesn't have to do it all..but habits can be hard to break. Depending on how successful the Bears defense is in the first half, may decide Rodgers thinking/playing in the second half as a bad start may leave Rodgers questioning MLF's halftime adjustments.
Rodgers NEEDS this win also and he knows it. It's not season ending but more legacy rebuilding starting and it needs some of that even if some deny it.

Packers 23-20...Crosby with the winner.

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Since'61's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:48 am

This team is difficult to predict because of its new HC and the question marks for many of its players. This is and will be a very different Packers team than the team that we have seen over the last several years.

On offense we have 5-6 quality NFL players who we know can consistently play at a high level. Rodgers, at an MVP level (when healthy), Bak (all-pro level), Linsley, Bulaga, Adams (all-pro level), and maybe Aaron Jones if he stays healthy. After that both guards are question marks as of now. After Adams the WR talent falls off significantly, unless someone steps up. As of today the entire TE group is a question mark. At RB no one in the group is a difference maker after Aaron Jones.

Defense is a better situation. Clark is a force to be reckoned with and the rest of the DL rotation is pretty solid. OLBs are a revamped group with more speed than we have seen in years. Z. Smith can be a difference maker, Preston Smith a solid NFL player, Gary a question mark at this point but he brings speed and athleticism and Fackrell who can be put into situations to be effective. ILB, not much after Martinez, but with the hybrids and situational defenses does it really matter? CBs can be excellent with Alexander and King, if King stays healthy. Plenty of solid depth behind them as well. Safeties, possibly our best tandem since Collins was back there. Amos is a solid player and Savage is fast and athletic. More speed and athleticism on the defense. The questions are will they play aggressively and with a sense of urgency and will they tackle better?

Special teams??? Can they be any worse than last season? I hope not.

Then there is MLF and his play calling. A big unknown at this point. How will he respond to adversity? Will he make sound adjustments at half time? Who knows? IMO I think that MLF will be very well prepared. I’m hoping that he gets his 1st win as an HC as soon as possible. That will take some pressure off of him and the team. The sooner the better.

The key factors for this season are: Aaron Rodgers remaining healthy (as always), the rest of the team remaining relatively healthy, how well MLF evolves into an NFL HC and play caller. Whether additional offensive skill players emerge besides Aaron Rodgers and Davonte Adams? Will the defense improve their tackling and play aggressively especially in terms of pressuring the QB? Will STs stop killing the team with stupid penalties?

If all of the above breaks right the Packers should go at least 10-6 this season. If not another 6 win season could be forthcoming. Whatever happens Thursday evening, let’s stay positive and remember that it’s only one game. The first game for a new coaching regime and in effect a new team. It worked out for Wolf and Holmgren and then for TT and MM (until it didn’t), we’ll be very fortunate fans if we get the same or similar results from Gute and MLF over the next 8-10 seasons. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ‘61

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:35 am

Cory, that was such a reasonable article in preparing Packers fans for what will probably be a tough opening game, I thought you'd get a lot of crap for it. For those who make the point the Bears didn't play their starters in preseason, the obvious difference is the Bears haven't installed a new offense and don't have 6 new starters on defense.

BTW, regarding a slow start to the season I remember a season in which the Packers started 3-3, including 1-1 in the division and that season turned out pretty well. But I don't think it's realistic to expect the Packers will challenge for a title this season. Its always more important to finish a season well than to start it well. I think that's even more important for the 2019 Packers.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:42 am

I agree. Excellent take and article.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:59 pm

If we're at .500 and healthy-ish by Thanksgiving, we've got a shot. But getting to the stretch run at .500 has to involve us winning our home games.

Minnesota, Denver, and Philly. Three home games and if we can win those we're 3-1. Then a road game, followed by Detroit and Oakland at home. If we just win the home games we're 5-2.

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splitpea1's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:40 am

Let's wait a few games before proclaiming that AR "doesn't have to do it all." Like the author said, this team doesn't have an identity, and most of the starters haven't seen any meaningful action yet. I'm not trying to be pessimistic, but I'd like to see some evidence first before saying this team has turned the corner. People should be realistic in their expectations--the Packers are a work in progress at this point.

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BoHunter's picture

September 03, 2019 at 10:47 am

Great Post Since 61 !

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Since'61's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:07 am

Thanks Bo! Since ‘61

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Cartwright's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:22 am

I'm hoping to see Rodgers playing more like Tim Boyle and starts flinging it to the open man. With 2 solid guards now and a healthy Bulaga the line shouldn't leak like a sieve and force him to run for his life like Ben Gazzara. Think this year is going to be different. Would love to see the QB skin these bears and do it all right in the pocket. We shall see.

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Demon's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:51 pm

You're not exactly reaching for the stars there. You hope AR plays like Tim Boyle? YGBSM !!

I hope AR plays like AR can. Not handcuffed by substand talent and a coach that checked out 5 years ago.

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Cartwright's picture

September 03, 2019 at 02:46 pm

My point is I hope he can stay in the pocket, like Boyle does, and that it doesn't collapse as in years past forcing him to run and improvise and that Rodgers stays disciplined in the pocket trusts his linemen and picks these guys apart. I could have said like Tom Brady but he's not a Packer and so he must buzz off with no comparison given. We'll fix his wagon too. BTW did anybody get the Ben Gazzara reference? Back in the 60's there was a tv program called Ben Gazzara in Run for Your Life but I'm sure some of the old timers here new that.

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Demon's picture

September 03, 2019 at 02:38 pm

Like Boyle does? How many games has Boyle played against real NFL talent? If you are going to hope AR does something similar to another QB cant you think of one who has done something?

I would be happy if he played similar to AR or Joe Montana, or Tom Brady.

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Ferrari Driver's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:31 am

Cory, Your Quote: How will Z'Darius Smith make people forget about Clay Matthews?

There weren't many memorable moments to the play of Clay Mathews the last several seasons. He was a difference maker in his early in his career, but those years are a distant memory.

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hobowilly's picture

September 03, 2019 at 11:53 am

"I doubt he will be able to mimic the same Sunday night outcome" DUH. retort: What AR did in the opener last year was nothing short of Packer lore but also, let's not forget that MM didn't prepare properly for Mack

"receiver depth chart has a new wideout at the No. 2 and 3 spots and the starting tight end isn't that quick anymore and also cannot block" retort: GB possesses the best WR in the game @ what he does and MLF knows that as does Hackett..look for Adams to have an all pro year, predicting at least 10 targets to him on Thurs. Don't rest on the other emerging WR's...one other is going to have a good game too (Kumerow, G-mo or MVS)

"What is the identity of this team?" ANS: the new identity is just that, NEW! Gone are MM and his menu of same ole and IMHO, MLF is going to use his assistants to work up good schemes to win 1 on 1's. Look for AR getting the ball out sooner. Can't leave out Gutey and the fine job he's done to rebuild the D

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BoCallahan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:11 pm

Just a thought: I don’t think “new” qualifies as an identity.

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Swisch's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:15 pm

I want the Packers to always play to win, but this game is different than a playoff game.
In other words, try just as hard to win, but do things more cautiously in this game to keep Rodgers from getting hurt.
Be patient in getting this offense to gel.
To me, that mostly means a lot more quick passes, from a variety of formations, and to different parts of the field.
For the most part, befuddle the Bears with creativity within 15 yards downfield, including a diverse mixture of runs.
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I'm not so much concerned about Aaron Rodgers not playing during the preseason, as to why he didn't play.
In other words, I hope Rodgers with his high status isn't subtly intimidating our new head coach into doing things his way.
Please, Aaron, don't be a prima donna! Accept coaching! Run the plays the coach calls.
I think in his greatness Rodgers has earned the right to call some audibles and to have a say in the offense; but he has to save his authorizations to overrule the coach for rare occasions.
I'm a big fan of Rodgers, but he does seem to have a slyness about him that can be used for good or for ill.
Rodgers really has to support his coach by embracing his play calling and other decisions. That will set a huge example for the good of the whole team.
It's a subtle thing that depends on the good will of Aaron Rodgers. A sincere deference on his part will make all the difference in the world.

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September 03, 2019 at 02:02 pm

I expect Rodgers to attack the Bears and slice them up, following an aggressive playsheet called by LaFleur. His ability to audible is what puts him ahead of the curve. They reinforced the Inside of the O line. Those people have to do their job and keep Rodgers clean. The key is Pettine's group getting the three and out with a couple turnovers. A field position game. Make trubitsky beat you coming from behind.

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September 04, 2019 at 06:45 am

Personally, I don't buy the "back tightness" one bit. I was watching him move around the sidelines during the game - he looked fine to me. I saw all smiles and joking around with his teammates. I didn't see any winces of pain, no stiff movements. It was cloak and dagger to keep opponents guessing but most importantly keep him fresh for tomorrow. I don't think Aaron is being a diva or forcing his will. I think GB is protecting their biggest assets from unnecessary wear and tear/injury exposure. Is Aaron Jones a diva for not playing in preseason? How about Bahk? Or the other 30 players who were held out BY MLF?

So far we are down Burks, Bolton, Jace, EQ. Could have been A LOT worse.

GB is not the only team that held out starters during the preseason. Why is it such a problem for us but not every other team? Rodgers is ready to feast on bear meat tomorrow. You can bank on that.

I'll leave you with his comment after the week 1 comeback last year when asked about his fractured leg:

"It's the Packers/Bears rivalry - it would take something catastrophic to keep me off the field"

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Demon's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Ill take AR and the Pack over the bears this week providing there are no major injuries early in the game. Ie Ar, DBak or Bulaga.

We know nothing about coach LF, but I think it would be impossible to have a worse game plan than McPadlevel had vs the bears on opening day last year.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 03, 2019 at 06:33 pm

Didn’t we win that game?

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JHitTheB's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:20 pm

I think people need to pump the brakes on the Bears D. Sure they were good last year. But that was last year. They lost Fangio and that is huge. Pagano is no slouch BUT now they are learning a new scheme on D and they LOST their starting SS to GB and their starting nickel CB. They replaced those players with HaHa and Buster Skrine - major down grades.

Now factor in last year they had uncanny luck avoiding major injuries. I can't think of one starter on their D last year that missed significant time. No one was out for the year or more than a game or 2 at a time. I don't see that being repeated this year. Probability says someone will go down.

I just read an article today on PFF - GB has the 7th ranked OL heading into week 1. 7th!!! When is the last time ARod had a top 10 OL protecting him? GB is also coming out in an offense no one has seen them run so it's hard to prep for. There will be no defenders calling out our plays presnap. Play action and motion is going to (hopefully) hold their LBs for a sec or 2 - long enough to give our guys time to make a play. They won't be able to simply downhill crash the line like the last few years. Aaron Jones is going to be unleashed. MLF is going to actually run plays that scheme guys open so teams won't be able to simply press man and blitz blitz blitz. GB is a much younger and faster team than last year.

And let's be honest - are we really betting against ARod in the clutch? With an improved OL and improved D I like our chances. There might be a slow start in the 1st quarter but I fully expect ARod gets hot and lights it up. I mean it's the Bears - it's personal.

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BoCallahan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Ditto!

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PAPackerbacker's picture

September 03, 2019 at 01:12 pm

Wouldn't surprise me if this game goes into overtime. With the game on the line there's none better than ARod. If he gets protection he can pick any defense apart. And the main goal is for everyone to stay healthy for every snap of the ball. This will be a classic battle. It may very well come down to special teams play and/or turnovers. Go! Pack! Go!

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 03, 2019 at 02:26 pm

100 years war. Both teams should show up for the contest.

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JHitTheB's picture

September 03, 2019 at 03:10 pm

The formula is easy:

Protect the QB. Control the line and pound the ball. Take the easy 4-5 yard quick reads. Let the run set up play action for the deep shot. No turnovers.

Stop the run. Set the edge. Take away the right side of the field so Trub is forced to throw to his left - which he isn't very good at. Create turnovers. Force them into long FG tries.

LIMIT PENALTIES

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crayzpackfan's picture

September 03, 2019 at 05:36 pm

Hopefully this new offense lives up to its scheming people open. Gonna need to hit quick passes coupled with an honest effort with the running game. I’m actually even more excited to see how this defense does. After years of poor 3rd down defense and giving up big plays, I’m looking forward to seeing some of that being a thing of the past. Win or lose, I wanna see a team that plays with energy, sound tackling, good special teams, and a certain level of being in sync. I can’t wait!!

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azmtns's picture

September 04, 2019 at 03:16 am

I'm concerned about, 1st down run, 2 yard. 2nd down run 2 yards. 3rd down incomplete... punt.

repeat.

That is my concern.

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