Sunday, October 20, 2019

Air-Ron Soars as Packers Beat Raiders 42-24

By Eric Goska

Packers fans had a lot of fun Sunday against the Raiders.
He’s faster than a speeding bullet.

He’s Aaron (Air-Ron) Rodgers and he has thrown 350 touchdown passes quicker than any player in NFL history.

Rodgers threw five touchdown passes in Green Bay’s 42-24 victory over the Raiders at Lambeau Field. Five different players were on the receiving end of those tosses as the veteran quarterback made NFL history.

In recent weeks, the Packers had let their running game carry much of the load. Aaron Jones rushed for 107 yards and four scores in a 34-24 romp in Dallas. Jamaal Williams zipped to 104 yards in just 14 carries in Green Bay’s 23-22 win over the Lions.

But Sunday Rodgers and his receivers commanded center stage. Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes for 429 yards and enough scores for each finger of his throwing hand.

  • Aaron Jones hauled in a 21-yard, back-shoulder throw in the end zone early in the first quarter. Jones ran past linebacker Nicholas Morrow for the score. 
  • Jamaal Williams accepted a short pass in the right flat and ran untouched past linebacker Tahir Whitehead for a 2-yard score late in the second quarter. The Packers lined up with two tight ends and three running backs – Jones, Jamaal Williams and Danny Vitale – but opted to throw on the play. 
  • Jake Kumerow outmaneuvered cornerback Daryl Worley down the sideline and snared a pass at the Oakland 11. The wide receiver then tightroped to the three where he launched himself toward the pylon, knocking it down with the ball before returning to earth to complete a 37-yard catch and run with 12 seconds left in the first half. 
  • Jimmy Graham counted on a 3-yard pass late in the third quarter. The tight end got a step on safety Erik Harris and snared the low throw late in the third quarter. 
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling ran 68 yards down the sideline to complete a 74-yard play that all but finished the Raiders with six minutes, 28 seconds to play. Valdes-Scantling was aided by Jones’ block on Oakland safety Karl Joseph near midfield.
With those scores, Rodgers has now thrown 351 touchdown passes. He ranks ninth all time behind Peyton Manning (539), Tom Brady (527), Drew Brees (522), Brett Favre (508), Dan Marino (420), Philip Rivers (385), Ben Roethlisberger (363) and Eli Manning (362).

Of the eight, Brees had been the fastest to 350. The Saints quarterback reached that milestone in his 180th regular-season game.

Rodgers bettered Brees’ mark by the equivalent of a half a season. No. 12 tossed No. 350 in just his 172nd NFL regular-season game.

Reaching milestones quickly is familiar territory for Rodgers. He was also the fastest in NFL annals to 300 and to 250.

Rodgers has utilized a different receiver each time he ascended to a multiple of 50. His 50th touchdown pass went to Donald Driver. No. 100 landed in the arms of James Jones.

From there he found Randall Cobb (150), Davante Adams (200), Eddie Lacy (250) and Ty Montgomery (300). Sunday, of course, Graham lifted him to 350.

Rodgers’ 351 TD passes have been distributed to 37 different players. Rodgers and Jordy Nelson clicked most often (65 times).

Quick Draw
The nine NFL quarterbacks who have thrown for 350 or more touchdowns and the game in which they hit 350.

Games      Quarterback                     Date
172            Aaron Rodgers                   Oct. 20, 2019
180            Drew Brees                        Nov. 17, 2013
185            Dan Marino                        Dec. 17, 1995
185            Peyton Manning                  Nov. 15, 2009
188            Tom Brady                         Nov. 24, 2013
196            Brett Favre                         Sept. 26, 2004
199            Philip Rivers                       Sept. 23, 2018
209            Ben Roethlisberger             Nov. 8, 2018
225            Eli Manning                        Nov. 12, 2018
The Tundra Line entertained ahead of the game.
Rodgers is the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history. He has earned a passer rating greater than 100 in an NFL-record seven seasons.

Against the Raiders, Rodgers became the first Packers passer to compile a perfect (158.3) passer rating in a game (minimum 20 attempts).

Rodgers has flirted with perfection before. He finished above 150 on four other occasions in the regular season.

He previous best was a mark of 155.4 against the Browns in 2009.

Rodgers’ rating was perfect at five different times Sunday. He reached the NFL maximum after his 5th, 20th, 21st, 24th and 31st throws.

Rodgers’ last pass was a 74-yard TD to Valdes-Scantling. It was his longest completion of the season.

Heading into the game with Oakland, Rodgers passer rating for the season was 92.8. The 15-year veteran increased that to 103.7 with his big outing.

Highly Rated
Packers passers with the highest single-game passer rating (minimum 20 attempts).

Rate    Player                   Date                      Opponent        A-C-Yds-TD-HI
158.3   Aaron Rodgers       Oct. 20, 2019        Raiders             31-25-429-5-0
155.4   Aaron Rodgers       Oct. 25, 2009        Browns            20-15-246-3-0
154.9   Brett Favre             Dec. 22, 2003        Raiders             30-22-399-4-0
154.5   Aaron Rodgers       Oct. 19, 2014        Panthers           22-19-255-3-0
152.1   Lynn Dickey           Sept. 11, 1983       Steelers            20-14-290-3-0
151.2   Aaron Rodgers       Sept. 28, 2014       Bears               28-22-302-4-0
150.8   Aaron Rodgers       Dec. 11, 2016        Seahawks         23-18-246-3-0
150.0   Bart Starr               Dec. 2, 1962          Rams                20-15-260-2-0

As the old saying goes, “it takes two to tango.” A quarterback is only as good as his receivers.

Rodgers completed a career-best nine passes of 20 or more yards. His previous high had been eight in a 37-29 loss to the Panthers in 2015.

Helping stretch the field with Rodgers were Graham with catches of 29 and 25 yards. Also chipping in were Jones (21), Vitale (22, 21), Kumerow (37), Valdes-Scantling (59, 74) and Allen Lazard (26).

Brett Favre holds the Packers’ record with 10 completions of 20 or more yards in one game. His big outing occurred in a 37-30 victory over the Panthers in 1998.
Stretching the Field
Packers passers who completed the most passes of 20 or more yards in a regular-season game.

No.      Player                   Date                      Opponent
  10      Brett Favre             Sept. 27, 1998       Panthers
    9      Lynn Dickey           Nov. 27, 1983       Falcons (OT)
    9      Brett Favre             Dec. 22, 2003        Raiders
    9      Aaron Rodgers       Oct. 20, 2019        Raiders
    8      Bart Starr               Oct. 29, 1961        Vikings
    8      Lynn Dickey           Nov. 16, 1980       Giants
    8      Aaron Rodgers       Nov. 8, 2015         Panthers

1 comment:

  1. "passer ratings" me out, what exactly does any of this mean....Rodgers had a game for the ages Sunday, but how can it be "perfect" with 6 incompletions? and what does it mean when Baugh, Graham, Unitas aren't ranked? somebody? the whole thing seems as contrived as the recent "percentage likelihood of winning "x" upcoming game.....77% likelihood of a win over Cleveland? 21% chance against the Pats? who comes up with this nonsense?