A quiet 2019 season for Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers suddenly got very loud Sunday, as the veteran quarterback exploded for a monster day as the Packers beat the Oakland Raiders, 42-24, Sunday in Week 7.
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With no pass rush and little resistance from the Oakland secondary, Aaron Rodgers spent the afternoon establishing the pass better than he has all year long. He carved up the Raiders with accurate throws to all parts of the field and to a wide variety of weapons, and was especially deadly on intermediate and downfield targets.
RB Aaron Jones wasn't called on much for the ground game Sunday, but got the Packers off to a hot start with a downfield touchdown reception on the first Green Bay drive of the game. Expecting a ball to his outside shoulder, he quickly adjusted back inside as the ball arrived to haul in the long touchdown pass, looking like a veteran receiver in the process.
Adrian Amos made two nice plays on the ball in the red zone. Amos had an impressive pass breakup in the red zone on a pass intended for Derek Carrier and then batted a pass intended for Darren Waller in the air that was intercepted by Kevin King. Jaire Alexander came up big in run support as he helped stop Josh Jacobs for no gain on fourth-down on the Packers’ 1-yard line.
King gave up a 36-yard catch to Marcell Ateman to put the Raiders in the red zone. King made up for it on the next play by catching the ball out of the air for an interception after Amos batted the pass intended for Waller in the air.
The Raiders’ first two drives ended on Derek Carr overthrown passes. Darren Waller was Carr’s most effective weapon and he was highly targeted. He caught two passes for first downs on a Raiders’ second-quarter drive, but Carr fumbled the ball through the end zone to halt the drive. Waller would go on to catch two touchdowns.
Rookie first-round pick Josh Jacobs was basically the entire Raiders’ offense on their opening drive as he ripped off a 42-yard run in which he forced multiple Packers’ defenders to miss their tackle attempts. Unfortunately, Jacobs left the game after that run with a shoulder injury but returned shortly afterward. He continued to make Packers’ defenders miss all game with quick cuts.
Outside of a few cleanup pressures on plays Aaron Rodgers held the ball for an extended period of time in the pocket, the Raiders offered little in terms of a pass rush presence. Jonathan Hankins offered some resistance inside, but the Packers offensive line otherwise shut down the Oakland rush.
Rodgers is known for exploiting favorable matchups, but Sunday it seemed every receiving matchup was favorable. Cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley both gave up huge plays into their coverage, and the linebackers struggled to take proper drops and locate targets in zone coverage.