Rodgers on Packers and playoffs: ‘We’re going to need some help’

The Green Bay Packers are struggling right now. They have lost four of their last five games, including last night as they lost to the Vikings 24-17 to fall to 4-6-1. At this point, the Packers are going have to win out and get some help from others to make the playoffs.

After losing to the Vikings on Sunday night, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers discussed the team’s chances of making the playoffs in 2018.

Q: Do you think the playoffs are still realistic for you guys?

A: We’re going to need some help. We need to win these five [games], and then get some help.

Q: You said at one point that you were looking forward to finding that galvanizing
moment for this team. Are you worried that it might not come that it’s too late?

A: We are where we are right now, record-wise, and we are going to need some help from some teams and then we have got to take care of our own business. We are going to have to find a way to win a game on the road. We are 0-6 on the road. We just need to go back home, get some rest, beat Arizona, and then come back, beat Atlanta. Then we need to go to Chicago, a place we’ve won a number of times, beat them. Go to New York around Christmas, beat them, and then come home against Detroit, beat them. Get a little help.

Q: Does a 9-6-1 record get you into the playoffs?

A: I don’t know. But I can tell you that 8-7-1 won’t get in, I don’t think.

Q: What has this season been like compared to other seasons since the playoffs
seem to be more of a reach this year?

A: Yeah it seemed like that in ’16 as well. Nobody thought we could do it. Then we came together in Philly, got the job done. Came around and beat Houston, beat Seattle, went on the road and beat Chicago, came back home and beat Minnesota, went on the road and beat Detroit. We’ve done it before. We just have to find a way. The way our defense played tonight and with the injuries they had, to hold them to 24 points, we got to win this game. So, offensively, we got to be a lot better. We all got to play better, myself included. We started off the game nice. We had a couple good drives, we were rolling there, and we did our unfortunate typical lull and couldn’t get it going again.

Q: On the rest of the season…

A: We’ll see what we’re made of for the last five weeks. Are we going to stick together through these tough times or are we going to start splintering? I’d like to think that the leadership is in place that we can stick together through whatever happens. But these five weeks will show it.

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What to look for in Week 9 of the NFL

MAGNIFICENT MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 2,526 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes through the first eight weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last seven games.

With 300 passing yards at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join ANDREW LUCK (2014) as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in eight consecutive games within a single season in league history.

The players with at least 300 passing yards in the most consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASS YARDS
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 8
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011 7
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 7*
*Active streak

Mahomes, who has thrown four touchdown passes in three consecutive games and five total games this season, can become the third quarterback in league annals with at least four touchdown passes in six different games in a single season, joining PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2004 and nine in 2013) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO(six in 1984). Manning and Marino each won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award in those seasons.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 4+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 9
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 6
Dan Marino^# Miami 1984 6
       
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 5
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

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HERE COMES HOUSTON: Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for five touchdowns with a 156.0 rating in the Texans’ 42-23 victory over Miami in Week 8.

Watson, who has 34 touchdown passes in 15 career games, needs one touchdown pass on Sunday at Denver (4:05 PM ET, CBS) to join Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (39 touchdowns) and DAN MARINO (35) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in their first 16 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 16 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1998-99 39
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983-84 35
       
Deshaun Watson Houston 2017-18 34*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 15 career games

The HOUSTON TEXANS have won five consecutive games following an 0-3 start to the season. With a win on Sunday, the Texans would join the 1970 NEW YORK GIANTS as the only teams since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start.

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SUPER CAM: Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON has 58 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history, and has at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL.

Newton, who has four rushing touchdowns this season and faces Tampa Bay on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one rushing touchdown to become the first quarterback and seventh player overall in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons.

The players with at least five rushing touchdowns in the most consecutive seasons in league annals:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 5+ RUSH TDS
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 10
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego, New York Jets 10
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 9
Ricky Watters San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle 9
Eddie George Houston Oilers/Tennessee 8
Thurman Thomas^ Buffalo 8
     
Cam Newton Carolina 7*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has four rushing touchdowns in 2018

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BACK TO BACK: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 1,151 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, four receiving) through the Rams’ first eight games of the 2018 season.

Gurley, who led the NFL with 19 touchdowns (13 rushing, six receiving) last season, needs one receiving touchdown on Sunday at New Orleans (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (2000-01) as the only players in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

The players with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history: 

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSHING TDS RECEIVING TDS  
Marshall Faulk^ St. Louis 2000 18 8  
  St. Louis 2001 12 9  
           
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2017 13 6  
  Los Angeles Rams 2018 11* 4*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Entering Week 9

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CAN’T STOP THIS THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had seven receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in Week 8 and leads the league with 74 receptions and 925 receiving yards this season. Thielen is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thielen would become the only player in NFL history to record nine consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ REC. YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 2012 8
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 8*
*Active streak

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past five games, can become the only player since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in six consecutive games.

With six receptions and 75 receiving yards this week, Thielen would become the sixth undrafted player in the common draft era (since 1967) to record consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards.

The undrafted players with the most consecutive seasons of at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in the common draft era:

PLAYER TEAM YEARS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS
Rod Smith Denver 2000-02 3
Wes Welker New England 2007-09 3
Victor Cruz New York Giants 2011-12 2
J.T. Smith St. Louis Cardinals 1986-87 2
Wes Welker New England 2011-12 2
       
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2017-18* 1*
*Has 74 catches for 925 yards in 2018

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ELITE EIGHT: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 638 receptions for 9,866 yards and 43 touchdowns in 102 career NFL games.

With 134 receiving yards on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jones would surpass CALVIN JOHNSON (115 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 RECEIVING YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 115
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 116
Torry Holt St. Louis 116
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 120
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 121
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 122
     
Julio Jones Atlanta 102*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 9,866 career receiving yards

With 134 receiving yards, Jones can also become the sixth player in league annals with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons.

The players with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons in league history:

​PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 8 SEASONS
Torry Holt St. Louis 10,675
Calvin Johnson Detroit 10,405
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 10,273
Randy Moss^ Minnesota, Oakland 10,147
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 10,072
     
Julio Jones Atlanta 9,866*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In eighth season

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TOP DAWG: Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT ties for the AFC lead with eight sacks in 2018 and has 15 sacks in 19 career games.

Garrett, who will play his 20th career game on Sunday against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs two sacks to become the fourth player with at least 17 sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS SACKS  
Joey Bosa Los Angeles Chargers 2016-17 19  
Aldon Smith San Francisco 2011-12 18.5  
Clay Matthews Green Bay 2009-10 17  
         
Myles Garrett Cleveland 2017-18 15*  
*In 19 career games

Vikings’ Zimmer on Rodgers: ‘There aren’t enough superlatives to say about this guy’

When Aaron Rodgers went down with a knee injury in the first half against the Bears on Sunday night, many thought that he would never step on a field again in 2018, and furthermore, many thought the Packers would lose to the Bears after being down 20-0 in the 3rd quarter.

However, Rodgers, who was clearly not one-hundred percent, brought the team back. He willed the Packers to a 24-23 victory over Chicago at Lambeau Field.

At this point, Rodgers’ availability is unknown as the Packers host Minnesota next Sunday.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer ran out of adjectives when it came to discussing the greatness of Rodgers.

“The guy is unbelievable. There aren’t enough superlatives to say about this guy,” Zimmer told the media today. “He’s just amazing; receivers did a great job as well. I thought their offensive line blocked really well at the end. We’re going to have our hands full.”

As the head coach of the Vikings, Zimmer has battled Rodgers numerous times, and he also witnessed the greatness of Rodgers when he was the defensive coordinator with Cincinnati.

“The guy is an unbelievable player. He’s obviously, I don’t want to say anybody’s the best, but he’s pretty darn close to being the best guy,” Zimmer said. “I mean his arm is unbelievable. I still remember when I played him in a preseason game in Cincinnati. He ducked under a guy, spun, rolled to his right and threw a 30-yard dart on the sideline over there, and I said, “Holy crap.” Since that day I’ve had the utmost respect for this guy. He can make every throw, he’s smart, he’s tough obviously. He’s a great player.”

Rodgers is the best QB in football, and last night proved that. He’s special, he’s great, and he’s simply the best.

However, as we saw last night, if the Packers don’t have Rodgers, they are going to have a hard time making the playoffs in 2018!

 

Favre on Rodgers: ‘I think when it’s all said and done, he’s a top-5 player of all-time’

Aaron Rodgers is a happy man right now. On Wednesday, the Packers announced that Rodgers and the team have agreed to an extension, and according to reports, it’s a four-year, $134 million extension, which makes Rodgers the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The 34-year-old Rodgers is still playing at a very high level. He arguably is the best quarterback in football, and because of that, his former teammate Hall of Famer Brett Favre believes Rodgers deserves every penny of his new contract.

“I’m sure he would probably say the same thing. I don’t know if anybody is worth that,” Favre told TMZ Sports.  “But, if there is one person who’s worth it, it would be Aaron. He’s a playmaker; He is fun to watch, and it’s one of those things whether you like him or not, you can’t deny that he’s entertaining.”

Favre, who was a great player in own right, believes that Rodgers will be a top-5 player in league history when it’s all said and done:

“The longer he plays, the more you’re going to assume he’s going to accumulate numbers that are going to be astounding,” Favre said. “Not that he hasn’t already, so I think when it’s all said and done, he’s a top-5 player of all-time regardless of position. Quite frankly, he could be there right now.”

According to Favre, who spent some time with Rodgers this summer, a great player is one who makes others better, and Favre believes that is what Rodgers does.

“As longs as he plays Aaron Rodgers’ football, that’s bad news for everyone else,” Favre said. “He elevates this team(Packers). To me, a great player is one who elevates the guys around him; makes them better, and you know when that guy is on the field, that your chances of winning(the other teams) are very slim, and Aaron Rodgers has that ability. That’s why when you talk about whether a guy is worth it or not worth it. I think he’s as worth it as anyone out there because of what he does to the rest of his team.”

Rodgers could end up as a top-5 player when his career is over, but at this point, you could argue that he is not a top-5 QB of all-time. He could end up being a top-5 QB and a top-5 player when it’s all said and done, but I think he has some more work to do.

Fortunately for Rodgers, he will get paid handsomely to do it!

 

 

 

 

Pack Daniels: ‘When you have the GOAT at QB, you always have a chance at a SB'(Video)

Unfortunately for the 2017 Green Bay Packers, you could argue that their season ended when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone in WeeK 6 against the Vikings. At the time, Green Bay was 4-1, but after Rodgers’ injury, the Packers went 3-8 in the final 11 games. Rodgers would return for one game, but it was not enough as the Packers were officially eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Carolina in Week 15.

Fortunately for the Packers, Rodgers is back and healthy. The Packers let go of Jordy Nelson but added Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis.  Also, they brought in former Browns head coach Mike Pettine as their defensive coordinator, which is good news to Packers Pro Bowl DT Mike Daniels.

“I absolutely love it,” Daniels told goforitradio.com at his 2nd annual football camp in New Jersey.  “Coach Pettine has had a top 10 defense everywhere he went, and I’m glad he is bringing it to Green Bay.”

Daniels is very excited about the 2018 NFL season, and believes with Aaron Rodgers, the Packers will always be in contention for a championship.

“When you have the greatest of all time at quarterback, you always have a chance at a Super Bowl,”  Daniels said.

Listen below as Daniels discusses his camp, his performance last season, Aaron Rodgers, and more:

For more information about the Mike Daniels Football Camp, go to his website: http://www.mikedanielsfootballcamps.com/

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has no interest in Colin Kaepernick(watch)

The Green Bay Packers are in trouble. Their star QB Aaron Rodgers could miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. At this point, they turn to third-year OB Brett Hundley, who has never started an NFL game.

On Monday, McCarthy was asked about the possibility of signing free agent QB Colin Kaepernick.

McCarthy gave an emphatic answer!

Take a listen:

Aaron Rodgers leaves game with broken collarbone (watch)

Update: Packers announce that Rodgers has a broken collarbone. Could miss the rest of the season.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could be gone for a significant amount of time. Rodgers was hit by the Vikings’ Anthony Barr after throwing the ball. Rodgers was taken to the sideline, and ultimately carted off to the locker room.

Hopefully, it’s not serious, but it does not look good.

Take a look at the injury: