Cory's Corner: Scorched Earth Tour Starts Sunday

You thought you saw a shoulder chip? You ain't seen nothin' yet. 

Aaron Rodgers’ Scorched Earth Tour begins on Sunday. It’s apropos that the first tour stop is at Lambeau Field. 

No matter how you feel about Rodgers, he has a huge weight draped on his shoulders.

All eyes will be on Rodgers now. They will want to know how he responds to the 10-day COVID-19 layoff after getting “immunized” but not vaccinated. They will want to know how he leads after the Packers tumbled from their perch as the No. 1 seed in the NFC to a potential No. 3 seed with a loss to a Seattle team with its backs to the wall. 

Rodgers has been through a lot of obstacles in his life. Sitting in the green room at the 2005 NFL Draft until he was taken at No. 24 put a huge chip on his shoulder that he has used to this day. 

You could argue that that chip is why Rodgers has won three MVPs, been a first team All-Pro three times and a Super Bowl title. And it’s that chip that is going to propel Rodgers through the rest of this season and deep into January.

Rodgers won an MVP last year by putting up astronomical stats but this year he has been different. He came to training camp frustrated about his future in Green Bay. But instead of filling up boxscores, the Packers kept racking up wins. After stubbing their toe in the season opener, they won seven straight. 

That still doesn’t answer why Rodgers played a delicate game of wordplay on Aug. 26. But as long as it doesn’t affect any more games, that’s water under the bridge. 

With the redesigned playoff structure, the No. 1 seed is even more coveted. That’s the only team that gets a bye and after 17 regular season games, a break at the end of the season will be very well received. 

Rodgers doesn’t have anything to prove on a football field. He has done plenty to put his team in position to win. Throwing guys open, running for touchdowns and bringing his team back from the dead with a whisper of time left. 

Writing this chapter for Rodgers is all about leadership. The rest of the team knows how important No. 12 is to this team — especially after seeing Jordan Love freeze like a deer in headlights when put on the spot with a third down blitz. 

The Packers know that if they want to win it all, it’s with Rodgers. The Packers may have traded up to get Love, but Rodgers still looks like he has another four years of great play on the table.

The world saw Love’s C- first start. Now it’s time for Rodgers to show how important he is to this team. 

You thought you saw Rodgers hopped up on piss and vinegar before? Think again.

The final eight games will be a battlefield. Rodgers is normally ultra precise, but now you can expect him to drop deep balls from a hot air balloon and squeeze the football into the tightest of windows.

Rodgers may not like to be criticized, which means there’s even more pressure on him to produce. 

 

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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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SwedeBayPacker's picture

November 13, 2021 at 06:13 am

I had to check if this was a Gil Martin article. The only thing missing was "Rodgers might stay in Green Bay".

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2021 at 06:25 am

Another Rodgers article?

Yawn.

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Packers0808's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:03 am

Is it even sure he is playing tomorrow yet?

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HawkPacker's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:27 am

Yes, just saw where he has met all the protocals and is eligible to play tomorrow.

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NickPerry's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:14 am

Personally I think Cory hit on something several Packers fans have been thinking, well at least I have...Will Rodgers use this as MORE "Fuel" to take his game to another level?

Stephan A Smith called Rodgers weak. Howard Stern felt he should be kicked out of football. No matter what Smith, Stern, or ANYONE else might think, Rodgers will take everything negative thing said about him for the last 10 days, roll it up in a ball, and stick it right there next to all the other chips he's carried around since Butte CC.

As long as Rodgers can play Sunday I think we see his play rise to another level for the rest of the year. A good running game, lots of passes to the RB's (Because Seattle SUCKS at defending screens to RB's), 8 to 10 passes to Adams and maybe a deep shot or two to MVS, should put over 30 on the scoreboard. Rodgers can play a very similar game to the one in Arizona, only he'll have his full compliment of receivers.

12 won't have do it all himself this week, Seattle is 30th defending the RB position and the Packers defense is the best we've seen in a long, long time around here. Control the clock with the running and short passing game and let that and the defense control the game and clock. That way Rodgers can just keep that EXTRA chip he now has, and use it next week and the weeks after getting the #1 seed.

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Coldworld's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:09 am

If he needs external motivation to keep him fired up for his “last dance,” then there is something wrong.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:39 am

I agree. I think this "chip on the shoulder" thing is totally overblown. Fan and media driven.

I understand when he dropped in the draft and he had to prove that was a mistake. But that was 17 years, a SB ring, and 3 MVPs ago. He has nothing to prove at this point. Well, maybe getting past the NFCC game. But that has nothing to do with having a chip on his shoulder.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:53 am

He still occasionally brings those things up from 17 years ago.

His team mates have said he's sensitive and holds ridiculous grudges, never forgets a perceived slight.

All the people surrounding 1225 know it. The beat writers know it. The ladies who stitch up jerseys know it.

It is what it is.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:34 am

While I agree that he holds grudges, I guess the point I was trying to make is that I don't see how that translates into throwing a football better. Especially after 17 years in the league.

So, with that in mind, I'm not buying into this "scorched earth" over the next 8 games belief. There are other players on the field that dictate the outcome of the games, not just a pissed off Rodgers. I doubt they care if he has a chip, real or not, on his shoulder.

If Rodgers goes out and throws 6 TDs tomorrow, I'll be more than happy to concede I was wrong.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Look at how much better he played when the Packers drafted a QB in round 1.

Motivation is a powerful thing- can be good or bad.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:33 pm

Possibly. Or maybe he was just more comfortable in year 2 of the offense.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:46 pm

Nope, that's not it.

Comfort in the offense doesn't mean you stop throwing off your back foot, side armed, etc and so forth.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 13, 2021 at 06:20 pm

Ok, well thanks for clearing that up. I appreciate it.

Etc. and so forth I really hope he stops throwing off his back foot. 429 TDs/92 Int. Ridiculous, it just has to stop!!

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:48 pm

Look dude, I don't know what to tell you.
Rodgers got complacent, lazy, and arrogant and began playing ridiculously defensive ball from 2015 to 2019. It took the Packers being fed up with his shit and deciding to proactively plan for the future before Rodgers decided to get off his duff and start going back to work on his game.

I've said this thousands of times on this web site: He's the most gifted passer I've ever seen in my life. You still need to work, you still need to take coaching, and you still need to accept fair criticism.

Rodgers is the most coddled and babied professional sports star I've ever seen- by fans, by media, by his team. Please pardon me for calling it as it is as opposed to praising him as the sole reason for all Packers success, while placing blame everywhere except on him when things don't go well. I leave that to the rest of y'all.

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Demon's picture

November 14, 2021 at 10:41 am

Can you please add, in your opinion? Making assumption about a person you have never met then automatically assume it's fact makes you look pretty small.

There are many posters on here that I don't care for their point of view, but that doesn't make them wrong.

Everyone has their own opinion, don't assume yours is more right than the next.

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Oppy's picture

November 15, 2021 at 09:49 am

You just made an assumption about me, a person you've never met, that I've never met Rodgers. Which is true, but you didn't know that :)

My opinion is just that- opinion. But my opinion is generally backed by tons of film, game film, post game pressers, locker room interviews during camp, etc. Anyone can go and look at it.

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NickPerry's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

"His team mates have said he's sensitive and holds ridiculous grudges, never forgets a perceived slight."

You damned right he does Oppy. Hell, look at his first press conference this summer. He brought up Nelson, Matthews, Woodson, and others as examples of players who left GB without even an offer in many cases. He HOLDS on to that shit.

People know Rodgers is petty and has a memory like an elephant. Players look for extra motivation all the time and in Rodgers case he THRIVES on it. If you don't think so, you clearly haven't been paying attention the last 17 years.

That loudmouthed idiot Steven A Smith called the man weak...WEAK...This coming from a guy who wasn't good enough to do it with a ball so he just YELLS louder than everyone else. Rodgers will never admit, WHY give them the satisfaction he heard it. But again, if you think for a second he doesn't store it down deep in his gut I don't believe that for a second.

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:55 am

"He brought up Nelson, Matthews, Woodson, and others as examples of players who left GB without even an offer in many cases. He HOLDS on to that shit."

What's the first thing he did with his newfound "influence"? He didn't push to go get a difference-making WR or TE to elevate the offense, they went after a player on the downside of his career--someone he has a personal relationship with--that he felt the Packers had snubbed. It's not as if Cobb had familiarity with the offense. There's only one reason you do that, and that's to show up management. ARod's a great football player, but a small, small man.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:54 am

He has a point: there is a certain weakness of mind in being so sensitive and resentful.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 14, 2021 at 03:54 am

Motivation is motivation. No one said he needed external motivation, just that there is obvious external motivational forces present.

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croatpackfan's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:55 am

Nick (and Cory) it is well known fact how amount of money effectively gash the fire. Better than water or sand.

When you can find effective excuse for yourself (not for others) you start to adapt yourself to another kind of thinking and doing. So, I do not expect fire under the Aaron Rodgers in this game (or in him).

What may make him fired at this stage of his career is what he said at the press conference when he showed himself at the beggining of the training camp. Respect and claiming that players comes to GB because of him. Look out Rams, because OBJ choose Rams, not Packers and he will do everything what he can to prove OBJ was and is wrong.

I worry about his physical capabilities after the illness more than for his mind. Any opinion about that will be confirmed or not on the field. I hope that he has not pass through hard form of infection and that he will be prepared. Not because of him, but because of the Packers.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:15 am

His "Ultra precise" days ended around 2016. His accuracy was WAY off by 2018/19, but he actually worked on his fundamentals in 2020 and recaptured some of his accuracy.

As to Rodger's scorched earth world tour, I hope so. But he could also get caught up in a game of pushing too hard and end up with results like when he came back from injury at the end of 2017 and played an absolutely terrible game trying to force feed the deep ball to a triple covered Jordy Nelson for 4 quarters straight, too.

Lastly, do we even know Rodgers is starting tomorrow? Honestly, I hope not. Rodgers might be able to come in with no practice and play lights out, but he's also coming off of Covid and he might look a bit like Davante Adams did last week- just not quite right yet. I'd like to see Jordan Love get the start with a full week of practice. It's likely the last chance the Packers will have to evaluate Love before Rodgers is let go.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:41 am

Just to clarify for the down voters, I can't wait until Aaron Rodgers is gone and the Packers can start building for the future.

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Demon's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:54 am

I guess you're in a hurry for years of losing football again huh? All throughout the off-season I saw dozens of posts from people that couldn't wait to cash in on the 47 first round draft picks the Packers were going to get for AR. The same foolish people were all saying that the Packers didn't need AR and that the Packers could win with Love. Where are all those fans now? Love looked Pathetic! But yeah let's not blame him. Let's blame the coach for not putting him in a position to win.

Be careful what you wish for! QBs like AR don't come walking through the door every day. You are soon to find that out.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:51 pm

I fully aware of the talent that Rodgers possesses. I'm also aware the Green Bay Packers are going to be around a lot longer than Rodgers. The sooner the Packers start moving on from Rodgers, the sooner they find their next QB.

..and honestly? I think it will be good for a lot of Packers fans to learn that Rodgers isn't the whole damn team.

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Demon's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:22 pm

I guess we just have philosophical differences. I know how difficult it is to find a true NFL caliber QB. Now multiply that times 30 and you may find an MVP type player. I wouldn't even know how to guess the chances of finding an HOF QB.

My belief is you milk that cash cow until your arms fall off. Then worry about where your next QB comes from.

As far as him being a "diva" as many of you call him, he is very good and he knows it. Does D Adam's fall into the "diva" category? Adam's has demanded to be the highest paid at his position, doesn't that make him a "diva" too? Doesn't he deserve the same treatment that AR gets?

If any of you are old enough to remember a young Favre, there couldn't have been a more humble,genuine QB. Does anyone remember Favre out there lead blocking on busted run plays? What happened to him? At the end Favre was pretty full of himself. Success has a tendency to do that.

I for one am going to cheer for AR as long as he is a Packer and enjoy every minute of it. If you don't like his attitude or what he has to say, don't watch his interviews. I quit watching that kind of mindless drivel years ago.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:29 pm

You can't milk the cash cow if you don't have enough money to keep the farm.

Fans have been screaming for years that Rodgers hasn't won more SB's because the Packers havent put enough talent around him.

The Packers finally have a bunch of young, talented players to really build on, and they won't be able to keep them on the team with a big, fat new contract for an aging Rodgers.

To paraphrase, better a year too soon than a year too late. Father time stands for no man, and Salary cap is king.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 14, 2021 at 03:58 am

I think you are going to find that AR is a sizable portion of the team.

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NickPerry's picture

November 14, 2021 at 05:13 am

I'm right here... I can only speak for myself but at the start the season I had "Aaron Rodgers Fatigue". I was so sick and tired of hearing EVERYTHING we hard over the summer, and yes, I was more than ready to trade him for 47 first round draft choices. ESPECIALLY if we got 47.

By midseason I started to slow my roll on a Rodgers trade though I don't see how it's possible to keep Rodgers, AND keep Alexander, Jenkins, Savage, Adams, and other much younger players who DESERVE a 2nd or even a 3rd contract. Not unless Rodgers took a huge, huge, pay cut.

After watching Love last week in the ONE game he's started, I'm not overly concerned whether or not Love can play. I'm not ready to judge Love on one game where he had very limited reps in practice to get ready and MLF didn't change the game plan a bit. That was a game plan for Rodgers, not Love, and if we've seen one thing in the MLF era, it's MLF doesn't always adjust very well in games.

Love may or may not be the next great, or even good QB at 1265 Lombardi Ave. But I'm sure in the hell not going to make up my mind after one game and a day or two to get ready for a D Coodinator who's been to 4 SB's either.

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Demon's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:10 pm

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Houndog's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:44 am

Oppy,
I agree with most of what you said, but there's also a possibility that your last sentence could be altered to read:
"It's likely the last chance the Packers will have to evaluate Love before "He" is let go".

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:59 am

Rodgers is most likely gone regardless of performance.
Love might be gone depending on it.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:04 am

To be entirely honest, I would highly doubt Love could lose his roster spot in 2022. He's an investment.

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:07 pm

The dumbest things the Packers could do is re-up ARod, shred the roster to do it so he has next to zero support, ride him 'til he retires, and get nothing for him. Very little of that has anything to do with Love.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:52 pm

I know you get it, Dobber.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:53 am

Oppy,
I agree with you and Tom Silverstein. You read how careful the Packers are in bringing back David Bachtiari at LT following injury. However, if the Packers rush back their MVP QB and leader of the team and put him at higher risk in a meaningless game that isn't smart management.

Be smart and let Rodgers get healthier and inshape and play week after Seattle. The Viking game is significantly more importance than Seattle. I witnessed what home field advantage did for the Pack last year, as well as 2010. Protect Rodgers and make sure he is 100% healthy and physically ready. He is way too important!

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:03 am

The Seattle game is still important. It's an NFC game and should not be taken lightly.

That said, I agree that MN is clearly a more important game for the obvious reasons.

This team can win @ Seattle without Rodgers.

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SanLobo's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:05 am

For perspective, Rodgers played most of 2018 on a fractured leg. In 2019 he played in a new offense which he admitted he was sometimes unsure of the routes his 2d and 3d reads were running. But he threw well enough for the team to squeeze out a 13-3 record.
In 2020, he did work on his fundamentals. But I think more importantly, in the off-season he, LaFleur and Hackett met and reviewed the offense from top to bottom and re-engineered it. Rodgers said he felt like he had it locked in and felt far more comfortable in it. As far as he, “recaptured some of his accuracy,” his accuracy was good enough to be named league MVP and arguably the leagues best QB.
I agree that I hope he does go scorched earth the rest of the year, because if our defense just keeps playing like it has been (though I think it will continue to improve) Green Bay will be pretty hard to slow down, let alone stop.
I don’t think it matters if Love sees another snap this season. I believe the Front Office has already made the QB decision for 2022 and it would take something extreme to happen for that decision to change.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:31 am

ROdgers accuracy issues are on tape for anyone to view at any time.
Still happening in 2021. They aren't game breaking accuracy issues, but they have an affect. A number of throws that Love made that Aikman talked about needing to be better throws are types of throws that Rodgers also makes regularly- namely throwing behind WRs and forcing them to break stride when crossing the field to catch the ball behind them and throws at WRs' feet on short passes. I have long held, with good evidence on 18 years of film, Rodgers throws the worst short ball of any starting QB I've ever witnessed. No on dares say a word about the iffy throws from Rodgers.

There's no question in my mind the Packers are moving on from Rodgers in 2022. Aaron's play and attitdue forced that decision after 2019. I believe Love will be given every chance to take the starting position, but whether or not he's the long term starter for GB remains to be seen. I just know Rodgers isn't. The team would have to blow up the roster to keep Rodgers, and he's on the down side of his career no matter how well he may be playing in the moment.

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edp1959's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:52 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....Adam Schiff is that you. What a load of crap.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Adds nothing to the conversation, tries to make a needless political comment in a sports forum, forehead smells like #12's pubic hair. Yup, it's edp1959.

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SanLobo's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:01 pm

I thought it was generally understood that QBs throw the ball low on short passes because if the receiver muffs the catch, the ball is more likely to hit the ground than pop into the air, thus the odds of a turnover is greatly reduced. Over the years, I’ve heard Manning, Romo and Rodgers all talk to this point.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:33 pm

I thought is was generally understood that you throw a ball that's catchable in front of the WR with touch, not a frozen rope speed ball literally below their knees, which is what the majority of Rodgers' screen passes and short hitches look like.

Worst. Short pass. In. the. league.

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Oppy's picture

November 15, 2021 at 09:54 am

For what it's worth, SanLobo, Rodgers' short throws during the Seahawks game were the best I've ever seen Rodgers throw them.

Touch on the screens, putting the ball above the waist, and generally leading the target.. It's almost like he read my scathing review of his horrible short passes and set out to prove me wrong on Sunday, lol.

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:58 am

As long as #12 hasn't forgotten how to hand off the football in the last two weeks, he should be just fine on Sunday.

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croatpackfan's picture

November 14, 2021 at 02:31 am

The question is not his "knowledge" how to throw the ball, it is his physical status. Covid influence lungs, that means less oxygen for musculs, therefore less strenght and slower reaction and release of the ball, slower running, etc...

That is what worries me.

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stockholder's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:52 am

The world saw Love's C- start. That was so kind. I don't see a chip. I see a great MVP Qb. He doesn't need Green Bay. Green Bay needs him.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:07 am

The parallels to the Brett Favre divorce are striking in terms of fan sentiment.
Some people don't learn.

BTW, a great QB doesn't automatically mean a great team. Lynn Dickey, anyone?

It still remains a team sport. Packers have a pretty good squad. Maybe some of you should check them out.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:06 am

Stockholder,
Keep wondering what your hatred is for Love? He is a Packer and just turned 23 years of age. On all accounts an incredibly well behaved and grounded young man. He plays in first game where he is blitzed mercifully with lack of game plan and protection. With interception aside his stats were better than Mahomes. Loves stats were also better than Rodgers first game back in 2005, which was 8 for 15 for 65 yards and an interception. Let's wait and see what future brings!

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stockholder's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:06 am

There's No Hatred. I don't believe in giving anyone leverage, when they haven't earned it. Love is a beanie Baby to the loyal. Seems the guy with experience must replaced to save money. Because he didn't make up for 10 years of lack of talent. And bad coaching. Etc. And if they can replace another Hall of fame QB. History will be written, and they will become richer then any player who busted their ass for a ring.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:02 pm

Rodgers must be replaced because he sealed his own fate, because the long term future is bigger than the short term present. In terms of the money, it's not about "saving money". It's about not being able to put enough talent around him. Why is this so hard to understand?

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stockholder's picture

November 13, 2021 at 04:15 pm

No- Thats just crazy BS. Rodgers has been the subject of trade rumors for years. ( Especially in the contract years.) Looking at this team. What positions would you fill? Zero! Because the return only gets rid of other veterans. And Gutey takes any veteran fix, first. ( If he can AFFORD them.!!! ) Do you extend Z. Smith? Amos ? Or P. Smith? Etc. Just go ask the Bears, Lions and Vikings. Rodgers owns them! Love won't. And you'll be looking at Campbell Tagge, Until they find a MVP QB again. You think your going to get a legendary team like the 60s. LOL

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2021 at 04:50 pm

I'll have what you're smoking. Looks to be good stuff - you been to Illinois recently or what?

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 10:03 pm

Stockholder, I hate to be the one to point this out to you, but the Packers haven't been a legendary team like the 60s since the 60s.

The Packers have had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers at the helm for 30 years. Two super bowls. Nowhere close to the legendary teams of the 60s. Yet, you are lobbying that having an MVP QB is the only way to get a legendary team like that of the 60s. Think about your logic for a second.

How do you objectively rank Bart Starr- based PURELY on his passing talent? What's the legendary Packers play that defined the 60s Lombardi dynasty teams? The play they'd run again, and again, and again, until the opponent could prove they could stop it?

Let me quit beating around the bush and get straight to the point: We've had 30 years of MVP QBing at levels never really seen before in the NFL between Favre and Rodgers. Maybe, just maybe, it takes MORE than an MVP QB to win multiple titles. Maybe it takes a more balanced approach to overall team building. Maybe diva QB's aren't necessary. Maybe an elite MVP QB talent with a decent team built around him could be a lesser formula for success than having a good to very good QB with a very good team built around him.

There's that saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I hope Rodgers balls out the rest of the season, the Packers miraculously win the super bowl, and the Packers say "thanks for the memories" and move forward for the future. 2021 Aaron Rodgers is very heady, but he's not 2010-2014 Aaron Rodgers in the arm department any longer, and he's not going to get any better.

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Since'61's picture

November 14, 2021 at 07:47 am

Stockholder you correctly point that no one will have a team like the 60s again. The Lombardi Packers would have never been able to remain together in the free agency era of the NFL.

After the 1962 14-1 championship team the cost of keeping that team together with a salary cap. Hornung, Taylor, Nitschke, Davis, Jordan and others would all have been looking for their big paydays and have gone to the highest bidders.

Unless Ball and/or Gute have some secret formula I doubt that the band will be back together in 2022. I’m not sure what that means for the team’s short/mid term future. Assuming that Rodgers remains healthy and takes the lion’s share of this season’s remaining snaps, Love won’t be ready for 2022.

Who knows if he will ever be ready. The loss of Rodgers is not the only issue. We likely lose Adams, Z, and a few other players after this season. It will be difficult to keep the band together. Maybe when the TV deals kick in for 2023 the team can begin to retain their players.

First we need to get through 2021 and then deal with 2022 and beyond. Thanks, Since ‘61

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Until January/February, they need ARod the player. In March of 2022, they'll need the 3 firsts and the cap space he'll bring when he's dealt.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 13, 2021 at 03:02 pm

The Niners got laughed at when they asked for picks 1, 2 & 3 for Montana. (It ended up being just a first and the Niners sending a 3rd round pick, Montana and another player to KC in exchange for KC's first pick).

Rodgers isn't getting the Packers 3 firsts, not in the cap era.

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2021 at 04:03 pm

The player acquisition and procurement atmosphere was much different 30 years ago.

Look at what Stafford brought. Multiple teams offered 3 ones for Deshaun Watson, a PR nightmare who could still be facing legal action and a lengthy league suspension. I think the asking price for #12 will probably start at 3 ones...maybe they won't get it, but that's probably where it starts.

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Rick5952's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:57 am

Article is a bit over dramatic don’t you think??

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marpag1's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:08 am

Is it your first time to visit Cory's little corner of the internet?

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Archie's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:18 am

I'd like to believe it will be as you have prophesized but I believe it may turn out very different this time. The GBP are a good solid well-balanced team, likely the best GBP team since our last SB win but is AR12 still the uy he was even last year? We are about to find out. The NFL is a tough place.

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NitschkeFromTheGrave's picture

November 13, 2021 at 10:48 am

"Scorched Earth" ?
When you are a big time player you are also a big target for criticism. Some justified and some just from people looking for the attention that can be had from jumping on your coattails. Rogers knows this and when he steps on the field he will be wanting to win THE NEXT PLAY and the game. He won't have a care in the world about what may be in his rear-view mirror.

If reporters, writers or interviewers bring up payback for criticism(s), well that's just the little dogs barking at the heel. Heat of the moment antics like a stuffing it down the pie hole of a broken, beaten Bears fan giving him the finger in the heat of the moment should not be regarded as a "scorched earth" payback. But it sure is fun to watch.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:35 am

You don't think Rodgers uses criticism for fuel?

Dude, the level of disconnect you are exhibiting is astonishing.

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Johnblood27's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:45 am

I will be all in on the scorched earth tour if Rodgers utters "Run the table" and "R-E-L-A-X" in the same interview, then does the belt while screaming "I own you" at the interviewer. He can then pass on taking a shot (of jagermeister) and drop his helmet and walk away.

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13TimeChamps's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:49 am

I just looked up hyperbole in the dictionary...and look what I found:

"The final eight games will be a battlefield. Rodgers is normally ultra precise, but now you can expect him to drop deep balls from a hot air balloon and squeeze the football into the tightest of windows."

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm

They must update that internet dictionary daily... ;)

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Lphill's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:55 am

Meanwhile Frank Clark continues to play after 2 not 1 but 2 off season arrests for possession of an assault weapon, but Rodgers is a threat .

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Since'61's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:32 am

That's because the NFL is totally inept and inconsistent on how they deal with their players. They constantly send conflicting messages. Why Frank Clark is still in the league is beyond me. But here we are. Thanks, Since '61

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4thand1's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:40 am

I thought assault weapons were legal. Sounds like the NFL will act after the court case is resolved, he pleaded not guilty. If I was stopped by the DNR will hunting with a loaded gun in my car, they would fine me, confiscate my gun, and could by law take my vehicle. Then I would have to appear in court to try and prove my innocence.

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Since'61's picture

November 13, 2021 at 03:22 pm

4th, in some states assault weapons are banned. However, I wasn’t aware that you could be arrested for having a hunting rifle, especially if you have the appropriate license/permits.
Having it loaded may depend on which state you are in. Who are the DNR? Thanks, Since ‘61

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 10:08 pm

It's rare but not unheard of to have Department of Natural Resources agents (Park Rangers, Game Wardens, etc) called in on certain traffic stops because the powers of confiscation they have are ridiculously powerful and unbalanced.

It's a complete abuse of power, but it has happened.

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dobber's picture

November 14, 2021 at 11:57 am

...and you don't mention their ability to function on private property without just cause. My Dad was a dairy farmer and he did evrything possible to steer clear of interaction with the DNR. Dealing with cops is one thing...nobody wants to have to deal with DNR agents.

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4thand1's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:15 am

Cory is like most Packer fans. To succeed in the NFL you HAVE TO HAVE A QB. The Packers have one of the best ever with no signs of a drop off. You can't teach talent or football smarts to read defenses. He wins.......period. Be careful what you wish for, IMO Sundays would be nothing to look forward to for several years if AR is gone. We're going to find out if he's an athlete or a activist real soon.

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Since'61's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:40 am

Exactly correct 4th and 1. While I have no sympathy for Rodgers and his behavior during his Covid episode I will continue to enjoy watching him play QB. Scorched earth would not be Rodgers playing over the next 8 games but it will be come a scorched earth approach if the Packers let Rodgers go prematurely.

As for this week if Rodgers is healthy he should play. He may have some rust early in the game so the game plan should be to run the ball, keep the pressure off of him and set up the quick play action passes to the RBs and TEs.
as Rodgers settles in open up the offense. Build a lead, make Seattle one dimensional and let the defense do its job.

MY concern in this game is that Pete Carroll has figured out how to exploit our weak Special teams. I can see blocked punts and/or FGs plus long KO and punt returns against our coverage teams. I hope that MLF is focusing on our STs this week. GPG! Thanks, Since '61

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:10 pm

No sign of drop off is the epitome of hyperbolye.

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2021 at 04:55 pm

No signs of a drop-off? Really? SMH. Yeah, there are signs, but I agree that AR's football IQ is off the charts, which is how he's able to do some of the great things that he does. When his decline becomes really noticeable, I think it'll quickly become end-of-the-road for him. Sort of like Peyton Manning - really good one year, old Trent Dilfer good the next.

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Packer_Fan's picture

November 13, 2021 at 10:42 am

and I believe this scorched earth tour should start with a long standing ovation at Lambeau for Rodgers as they announce him to the crowd. He needs to know the fans are behind him. And forget about the woke crowd. He plays for us the fans so let's get behind him!

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croatpackfan's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:12 am

He plays for himself... You are welcome addition if you'll help him. If not his attitude is "f*ck you!"

Did he was ineterested how fans feels with his game during off season? No, he tried to use us as currency for negotiation with the franchize. If you are not aware of that, you'll be dissapointed!

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Michael Nault's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm

F*** that diva

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:12 pm

The woke crowd?

Quit being such a sheeple. People are pissed at Rodgers because they can't believe Rodgers is a liar.

I could care less, I've known he's a liar for going on almost a decade.

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2021 at 04:57 pm

I've been waiting for my Woke Mob membership card to come in the mail. Do you think the delay has to do with the USPS or with so many people wanting to join?

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Johnblood27's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:31 pm

His family has known even longer than that, get on board!

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Alberta_Packer's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:42 am

Unfortunately, the scorched earth tour already began (off-field) with Rodgers "immunization" performance. As for on-field on Sunday - I'm just hoping that he can start and finish the game. "Scorched earth" may have to wait at a later date.

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Leatherhead's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:15 am

That was some professional grade ball washing. I especially liked the part where the author looks into the future and sees Rodgers as a top QB four years from now, especially without any money to put talent around him. I’d file that idea under “Long Shots”.

Here’s the deal: Rodgers is going to play 8-12 more games for us. He’ll lead us to the title or he won’t. If he does, great. It’ll make the torrent of “Rodgers Has Clean Balls” stories bearable. If it doesn’t, I’m sure we’ll find somewhere else to lay the blame for going 0-5 in the Championship game

I expect we’ll see Love at the season finale in Detroit, and the coaches will see if he has progressed.

I still think Rodgers will end up in Denver next year. Denver has made some trades and is stockpiling extra draft picks. They have a good defense and some good receivers and Rodgers would make them a playoff team, so that’s a win for Denver. Rodgers and his sweetheart can start their new life in a little more cosmopolitan area, so that’s a win for Arod/Shailene. The Packers use the picks, and the money they save, to put a strong team around Love. That’s a win for the organization.

Win, win, win.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

November 13, 2021 at 11:26 am

As probable a scenario as any.

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dobber's picture

November 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm

"Here’s the deal: Rodgers is going to play 8-12 more games for us. He’ll lead us to the title or he won’t."

Can't say it any plainer than that.

"I expect we’ll see Love at the season finale in Detroit, and the coaches will see if he has progressed."

I expect the Packers will still be playing for seeding at that point, so they may not be sitting starters until that game is in hand.

That said...I hope to be at that game, so anyone else planning to go would be great to meet for a beer or an old fashioned before the game.

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Thegravedigger's picture

November 13, 2021 at 01:32 pm

was just in wisconsin had my first old fashioned. discovered what bitters was. had the best fucking friday night fish fry in the universe. god new york sucks..... we cant even fry perch on fridays? like what are we doing ny?

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 10:14 pm

Thegravedigger, did you get your old fashioned and fish fry at an authentic "Wisconsin supper club" style restaurant?

If not, the next time you're back in WI, make sure to ask a few locals what their favorite supper club in the area is and give it a whirl. It's about as Wisconsin as you can get, and it's fantastic.

BTW, glad you enjoyed what I'm guessing was a BRANDY old fashioned. the tradition old fashioned recipe calls for bourbon, but WI is the second largest consumer of brandy in the world per capita.. I like whiskey old fashioneds, myself.. sweet. But you should be able to get an Old Fashioned at any reputable cocktail bar in NYC.

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Thegravedigger's picture

November 15, 2021 at 11:57 am

bro i went to the SUPPER CLUB with my sisters father in law and family. it was unreal. friday night fish fry on friday. supper club on saturday. awesome place man. nothin like it.

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Thegravedigger's picture

November 15, 2021 at 11:58 am

it wasnt brandy at the supper club, it was whiskey but i cant remember exactly what kind. but you could definitely tell the difference between an old fashioned at a bar and one at the supper club.

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Reghamster's picture

November 14, 2021 at 04:50 am

I am hoping to be at that game Dobber so if I look over some of the tailgates around Lambeau, should I be looking for a big Mr. Red Kool-Aid guy with a beer in one hand and a brandy old fashion in the other?

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dobber's picture

November 14, 2021 at 11:59 am

That one's going to be at Ford Field in Detroit...which is much closer to me. But I'll be glad to buy you one there, too!

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 14, 2021 at 12:26 am

Or, if Rodgers moves on they draft a QB with a high pick.

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Leatherhead's picture

November 13, 2021 at 04:04 pm

No, but they will hedge their bets at QB, but not with a high pick. I’d be looking at some vet FA, about 27 years old, with some starts, and maybe a Day 3 guy.

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2021 at 05:00 pm

Wouldn't be surprised if Bortles is back in camp next year, too.

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dobber's picture

November 14, 2021 at 12:02 pm

" I’d be looking at some vet FA, about 27 years old, with some starts, "

Agreed: a Mitch Trubisky type would be perfect. I think he still has the possibility of being a serviceable starter with the right coaching staff, and a long-term backup in the league.

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 14, 2021 at 12:26 am

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jurp's picture

November 13, 2021 at 04:59 pm

"That was some professional grade ball washing"

Priceless :)

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Johnblood27's picture

November 13, 2021 at 07:34 pm

welcome to my world. GG and I have been touting that scenario for quite a while.

Welcome to the future!

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Dr.Rodgers's picture

November 13, 2021 at 03:31 pm

Rodgers will ball out to victory in the Super Bowl. Isn’t that why we watch the greatest football team of all time?

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barutanseijin's picture

November 13, 2021 at 06:26 pm

Maybe. It's entertainment either way.

I think the team around him has been better than recent editions, even with the injuries. However, Rodgers himself hasn't looked as sharp as he did last year.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

November 13, 2021 at 08:45 pm

COVID may have something to say as to how " ultra precise" Rodgers will be. It will be interesting to see how his body holds up tomorrow.

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PhantomII's picture

November 14, 2021 at 11:50 am

He's been tested positive with no symptoms.

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CWolf's picture

November 14, 2021 at 12:07 pm

He said he had symptoms on the McAfee show.

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joejetson's picture

November 13, 2021 at 09:03 pm

Rodgers is going to play with "an attitude" for the rest of the season. Some people can back up their "attitude", some can't. My money is on a highly motivated Aaron Rodgers.

So, after he wins another Super Bowl, trade him for more than Dallas got for Herschel Walker.

Then build a brand new dynasty.

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Oppy's picture

November 13, 2021 at 10:16 pm

This right here is the ultimate scenario.

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Reghamster's picture

November 14, 2021 at 05:03 am

I don't think the Sunday game against the Seachickens will be won or lost because of extra motivation from an immunized chip on Rodger's shoulder The Packers will win because they are at home and have the better team this year. Both Wilson and Rodgers will be a bit rusty and both may have some lingering ill effects from their injuries . The strange thing about articles like Cory's is that when viewed from a logical stand point of view the Packers and a Rodger's chip motivation theory would have meant winning the first game instead of losing 38 -3 with Rodgers throwing 2 picks and no tds . He didn't ball out after all the controversy in the off season. He was rusty from too few preseason work outs instead . Rodgers will do well this week to hand the ball off and do more screens and sweeps and hitches and less downfield bombs . Our defense should hold the fort and we will get around our usual 24 points which will be enough on a cold and snowy Sunday late afternoon game .

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Crankbait's picture

November 14, 2021 at 09:47 am

Goddell and his woke masters have been somewhat exposed by Aaron, and has a desire to keep Seattle's playoff hopes alive , so be prepared for the reffs to keep this game close.
Aaron will send him and Bradhsaw to the fetal position.

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