Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind after a slow start

Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind after a slow start

Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind after a slow start

Rodgers leads all quarterbacks in passing touchdowns this season with 13 and ranks fourth in passing yards with 1,367 through his first five games of 2017. Four games, to be exact. I'll say this, it's a challenge to have three rookies at one position like that. If he cannot go, the Packers could be forced to play Justin McCray - and he's a liability.

"He earned the opportunity to start today, and he produced", coach Mike McCarthy said. But he did not sound Thursday like a player on the verge of a triumphant return. "Maybe that got the juices going", Rodgers said. We don't go down there and just rep the 11 guys you think are going to start.

FiveThirtyEight's 2015 National Football League forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team's chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl 50. "He's just good. He's got a great spin to get out of there when he feels the pressure".

On defense, the Packers secondary could be two starters. They were a victim of the noise last time they played in this stadium in it's inaugural opening, as their offense seemed out of sync and managed only 14 points all night. "You have to give a little bit more help (to Taylor), probably. So, we'll work with it if we have to".

After allowing oft-injured and chronically overweight Eddie Lacy to walk in free agency and having only converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery in the running backs room in April, the Packers did some late-round saturation drafting at the position. He sat out last week's game at Dallas but is wearing a bulky, protective flak jacket on his ribs and apparently got through Thursday's in-pads practice without incident. He told reporters he was feeling much better, and that he was not medically cleared to play last week in Dallas. I did what I could (in practice).

The Saints finally wised up and realize what a waste of space Adrian Peterson was on the bench-which I can only assume mean they blocked out his bitching for the last five weeks and only recently tuned him back in-and traded him to the place where old folks go in the west-Arizona. Jones is averaging 5.4 YPC and already leads the Packers in rushing.

On the ground, Aaron Jones posted 125 yards and a touchdown in 19 attempts while Rodgers added 32 yards.

Regarding Green Bay's injury situation, McCarthy said rookie cornerback Kevin King (concussion) would not practice on Wednesday, but he provided no other updates.

Safety Morgan Burnett, who sustained a hamstring injury against the Cowboys, also did not practice and appears in peril of missing the game, too.

Although this was a fantastic performance, Jones isn't about to completely dethrone the players in front of him with one game.

"You hate to ever have one of your key cogs not in there", defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. "There's a reason we're third on third down and first in the red zone".