There may not be anyone better, past or present than Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at creating something out of nothing. His ability to extend plays by maneuvering in and out of the pocket is second to none. At times it looks like he is a kid playing backyard football with his buddies.
Jon Gruden and the Raiders have the unenviable task of trying to game plan for it.
“His magnificent scrambling, creating offense is uncommon,” said Gruden Wednesday. “It’s just unbearable to watch. I hate watching this guy, he’s fun to watch but he’s really not fun to watch when you got to play against him. He still has a very quick trigger, deadly accurate, a lot of overall athleticism and a great competitor.”
Gruden isn’t the one who has to do the bulk of the work prepping for Rodgers. That job falls to defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
“Well, he can make all the throws. He gets them in and out of runs and passes, he can move around in the pocket good and he can make all the throws from different platforms,” Guenther said of Rodgers. “It’s fun going against different guys like this because he is one of the best at doing it, so these are the kind of games you look forward to.”
On the season Rodgers is completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,590 yards and eight touchdowns versus two interceptions. More importantly Rodgers has led the Packers to a 5-1 start, which is tied for second in the NFC behind only the 5-0 49ers.
One thing going for the Raiders is that it looks like Rodgers top four targets, Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, and Jimmy Graham are in danger of missing Sunday’s game. All four had not practiced this week coming into Friday.
Rodgers may have to make something out of nothing with regard to his receiving corps.