Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 10/23/11
By Tyler Mason FOXSportsWisconsin.comMINNEAPOLIS Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers jokingly expressed his disappointment with the Packers' six consecutive running plays to close out Sunday's 33-27 win over Minnesota. Given how Rodgers picked apart the Vikings' depleted secondary all game, who can blame him?"That's Aaron," said running back James Starks, who had all six of those late-game carries to move the chains and run out the clock. "He could do both, run and throw."Rodgers finished the game 24-for-30 for 335 yards and three touchdowns as his nearly perfect day helped the Packers improve to a perfect 7-0 entering the bye week. In the first half Sunday, Rodgers' only three incompletions were drops by Randall Cobb and Starks and a spike to stop the clock late in the half.It was Rodgers' sixth 300-yard effort in seven games this season. The lone outlier was a 297-yard game against Chicago in Week 3. He's also thrown at least two touchdowns in every game this season.With Vikings cornerbacks Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield both out, Rodgers had a field day against Minnesota's reserves. But after taking a 33-17 lead late in the third quarter, Green Bay's play calling became a bit more conservative."They're playing some guys who might not get a ton of playing time. I thought we'd maybe throw a little bit more," Rodgers said. "But the way that the game kind of was flowing in the first half with us not getting a lot of possessions, it kind of hindered us from having a ton of passing attempts. But we threw pretty efficient."Rodgers' sixth 300-yard passing game surpassed his regular-season total from last year, as he did so five times in 2010. His 80 percent completion rate Sunday was his highest this season, and his best since Jan. 3, 2010 against Arizona (80.8 percent).It's a scary thought, but Rodgers might be better than he was last season, when he was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLV."He's a top-flight quarterback," said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. "You have to give him a lot of credit. He's really developed over the last few years."Added Packers receiver James Jones: "He's one of the best quarterbacks well, the best quarterback in the league right now and playing lights-out."Through three quarters Sunday in Minnesota, Rodgers had a perfect 158.3 passer rating and was 22-of-25 for 314 yards and three scores. He and the Packers opened the second half with a 79-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, who was wide open along the right sideline after a blown assignment in the Vikings' secondary. Rodgers delivered a strike, and Jennings walked into the end zone for an easy six points."I really had to do a double take to see if there was a safety back there," Jennings said, "because it was almost too good to be true.""Those are the fun ones," Rodgers said. "Tough to throw those. You don't want to overthrow it or underthrow it. I just pumped to the left, pumped to the middle, ran out to the right a little bit and he put his hand up. I like those gimme ones."At the level he's currently playing, Rodgers makes nearly every throw look like a gimme. His first legitimate incompletion Sunday didn't come until the Packers' first drive of the fourth quarter. "He's playing lights-out football. That's really the only way you can describe how Aaron's playing," said right tackle Bryan Bulaga. "He doesn't make many mistakes, gets the team in the right situations, the right plays, the right checks and we're able to execute. I know he'll tell you, 'I've got this to correct and that to correct,' but he's playing well."Rodgers was opposite Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, who made his first NFL start Sunday. Ponder made an early statement on the first play of the game, when he connected with Michael Jenkins for a 72-yard bomb down to the Green Bay 1-yard line.But after Ponder and Minnesota scored two plays later, Rodgers led the defending Super Bowl champs down the field for a nine-play, 91-yard drive. Rodgers was a perfect 6-for-6 on the drive, hitting fullback John Kuhn for a two-yard score.The quick response from Green Bay elicited plenty of "Go Pack, Go!" chants from the multitude of green and gold-clad fans at the Metrodome."It was a big one. The toughest thing about playing in the Dome is you've got to withstand that first surge," Rodgers said of Green Bay's early touchdown. "We get the ball, we have a penalty, we're backed up in the shadow of our own goal line. It's important for us to get a first down, at least. But to go down and march down and get the touchdown was big for us."What made Rodgers even more impressive was his ability to spread the ball to a number of different receivers. Nine different players had catches Sunday, led by Greg Jennings' seven catches for 147 yards."Aaron gives you great confidence as a play caller," said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. "He's a special player.""It's nice to know that you put the ball in their area that they're going to come down with it or it's going to be incomplete," Rodgers said. "It's just a comfort level that starts in practice and goes in the offseason as well. A lot of confidence with those guys."
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