Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/18/12

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 51-45 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Anytime explosive offensive teams go through a slump, it becomes a circle the wagon type theme. Aaron Rodger had been bombarded from the media on why the Packers were not clicking. He had to be on the defensive, once stating last week, “A lot of quarterbacks would love to have my numbers.” The absence of his top receiver Greg Jennings hurt the production of the offense. Rodger’s has hit that level where it’s expected that a franchise quarterback carry the team, but we know it’s a team game.  However, for Rodgers it’s on him, and his performance against previously unbeaten Houston, tossing six touchdown passes against the Texans' vaunted defense proved he and the Packers aren’t done yet. Rodgers spoke on Jason Wilde on ESPN Milwaukee about the turnaround.

“Yeah it felt good all week. We had a good week of practice. I liked the energy, I liked the focus. We were coming off of a tough loss in Indy where we didn’t play well in the second half and let a game slip away, but I think guys really understood the urgency that was needed to get it done. That’s kind of what we stressed was just doing a little bit more. Each person giving a little bit more and playing a little bit better. I think we knew we had this in us. The game was set up nice for us; they were coming off of a short week. A lot of hype around the game and we had a lot of confidence going in. This was going to be a big win for us, a momentum win if we played the way we were capable of playing. It was nice to start fast in the game. We had a gift there with the offside to give us another chance and kind of got things rolling. Once we got things rolling the defense got a stop. Once you get up two scores on a team with that kind of running attack you make them more one dimensional. That’s what we saw a lot last year from our team was our offense playing well, giving us a cushion, and then being one dimensional. That’s what attributed to a lot of the yards that were gained by our defense last year. Teams being one dimensional and having to throw it because we had a big lead. That’s what you saw on Sunday.”

“I don’t think there was anything especially different. I just felt like I wanted to set the tone in practice last week – the urgency level that was needed. I think we needed to kick it up a tad and get it down. And I think Mike deserves a lot of the credit. He set the framework for how we were going to practice that week and how we were going to focus from the start of the week. And there wasn’t a major freak out or panic. The objectives were very clear and I think he was calling on all of us to do a little more and challenging us in a way that really caused guys to respond positively. And I know personally I made sure I was very prepared for the game. I felt good about the plan, I felt good about the calls that I was going to go to and Mike added some really good ones to the mix and we were able to make it work.”

 
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