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Redskins facing another hot QB in Aaron Rodgers

After containing quarterbacks Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb in the Week 4 victory over Philadelphia, the Redskins now shift their focus to another star signal caller: Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

After throwing for 4,434 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, the Pro Bowler is off to another fast start for the Packers, who at 3-1 are tied with Chicago atop the NFC North division. Rodgers has completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 940 yards, with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a 96.3 passer rating.

"I think he's ascended to that level of being [among] the top three, four quarterbacks in the league," inside linebacker London Fletcher said. "I like him. He has a great arm, can make all the throws, and got a lot of good weapons around him."

Rodgers can do it all, cornerback Carlos Rogers said.

"His ability to make all throws, he's got good pocket presence, everything, he's one of the hottest quarterbacks," Rogers said. "Everybody [in the media] was on Vick, and things like that, but a guy like him ... and he can run.

"I'd put him up there with some of the [best] veterans. You see what they're putting up, 300 yards a game. That guy can take Green Bay to the Super Bowl, along with their defense and the way they're playing. He's a good quarterback. He's a real good quarterback."

By Jason Reid  | October 6, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
 
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Thanks JReid, much better.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 6, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Hoping for a bad weather game.

Forecast is not cooperating.

C'mon weather! Get behind the team!

Posted by: p1funk | October 6, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

With my best Doctor Evil imitation pinkie curled at the corner of my mouth: "So, does he wear any additional padding on his ribs? Does he occasionally dive for extra yardage when scrambling instead of doing the slide? Does he outrun his blockers?"

Aaron Rodgers, meet pain and Mr. pain, meet Mr. Rodgers

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 6, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Have we signed a new punter yet?

Posted by: oh_boy1 | October 6, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The Packers: A team that's not at the top of their game. After a loss to Chicago, they need a pick-6 from Woodson to beat the Lions.
Offense:
Aaron Rogers is similar to Mike Vick, a little slower but reads defenses much better. Will run the ball, holds onto it a lot, and gets sacked a lot too. I suspect the game plan will be much the same as it was for Vick: 4 man rush, keep Rogers contained in the pocket if possible. If not, force him to his left. There's a little bit of back-and-forth in the press between Rogers and McCarthy, will that effect the game plan for Sunday? The Packers line is hurt: LT Clifton and LG Colledge are both nursing injuries. Clifton has a knee, which may help Orakpo beat him with speed or power. I haven't seen a dominating bull rush out of 98 yet. If he gets that going, Rogers may be joining Vick on the bench.

Other skill players -- I don't think the Pack has two guys like McCoy and Jackson. Their WR are good, but they're not likely to take a 5 yard pass and go 80 more into the end zone. Haslett may end up playing more aggressively against their WR.

Defense: after 6 sacks in 2 games, Roid-boy Matthews had zero against CHI and 1 against DET, and only 3 tackles in each game. Is the book out on him? They were both divisional opponents. Both inside backers are beasts and the 3 down linemen are playing pretty well. Cory Raymer has GOT TO HANDLE B.J. Raji. He's struggled against quality NT las couple of years, but if Raymer can't get the job done, the running game will have big problems.

A key matchup is Hicks against Jenkins in pass protection. Will Williams be back at LT?

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Hoping for a bad weather game.

Forecast is not cooperating.

C'mon weather! Get behind the team!

Posted by: p1funk | October 6, 2010 12:51 PM

Gooooooo Weather!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

On VJax, I'm in the 'AJ Smith isn't going to trade him camp'. Seems too personal for Smith and there isn't enough upside to a deal. He'll get some compensation when VJax moves on. The screw up on Smith's part is that VJax could now wind up in New England instead of in the NFC, where he couldn't do much to derail the Chargers.

In FF, the Moss trade is brutal to me. I have Sidney Rice waiting in the wings for a 2nd half surge -- on both teams. Now he won;t need to get back as quickly and he'll share targets with Moss. Plus I have Welker on one of my teams. Don't think Welker will get hurt a ton, most teams don't double up the underneath guy, but teams won't fear the deep ball and so underneath coverage gets a tighter.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 6, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Cory Raymer has GOT TO HANDLE B.J. Raji. He's struggled against quality NT las couple of years, but if Raymer can't get the job done, the running game will have big problems.

A key matchup is Hicks against Jenkins in pass protection. Will Williams be back at LT?

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 6, 2010 1:01 PM
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Corey Raymer??? Man, did you just have a brain fort.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

to think Rogers was 1 player away from the 24th pick when we got JCampbell...I wonder if Rogers slid would Gibbs have considered him??

local radio up here is saying that Bill has NO PROBLEMS, and HAD no problems with Randy in the locker room...disputing what the PFT report was....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 6, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Duh... sorry. I forget. Casey Rabach. He still gets blown up like Raymer did.

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 6, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

With his helmit on Rogers looks like Ellen De Generis.

Posted by: skinfanman | October 6, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Beaner -- and Tom Brady was only 4 picks away when the Skins picked Todd Husak.

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see the Wizards last night? They are going to be a lot better than people expect. Wall is the shiznit.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | October 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and if you want a cure for that insomnia I suggest going back and reading your own posts...

Posted by: brownwood26

Man I MUST be sleep-deprived to serve a fat set-up to that punchline. You hit it out of the park.

Posted by: TheCork | October 6, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hoping for a bad weather game.

Forecast is not cooperating.

C'mon weather! Get behind the team!

Posted by: p1funk | October 6, 2010 12:51 PM

Gooooooo Weather!!!

Posted by: PlayAction


Yeah, you know how it is. Packers are a terrible bad weather team. Never win a big one when it's cold or rainy. Specially cold. Ask Jerry kramer.

Posted by: TheCork | October 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Cory Raymer has GOT TO HANDLE B.J. Raji. He's struggled against quality NT las couple of years, but if Raymer can't get the job done, the running game will have big problems
Posted by: dpc2003 | October 6, 2010 12:54 PM


Did you say Cory Raymer? Year 2010 dude, we have Casey Rabach.

Posted by: abxinc | October 6, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Did you say Cory Raymer? Year 2010 dude, we have Casey Rabach.

Posted by: abxinc | October 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse


And Tre Johnson has to look out for blitzers, and Andy Heck has to block Matthews, and open holes for Ernest Byner, and passing lanes for Sammy Baugh!

Posted by: monk811 | October 6, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you know how it is. Packers are a terrible bad weather team. Never win a big one when it's cold or rainy. Specially cold. Ask Jerry kramer.

Posted by: TheCork | October 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Ice Bowl didn't look THAT cold, I think it was overrated.

Posted by: monk811 | October 6, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheCork | October 6, 2010 1:20 PM

Jerry Kramer? Sir these are not the Packers you watched when you returned from Korea.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | October 6, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

beep beep - roster move update!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 6, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

As before, I don't see a whole lot of difference between Raymer's play at center, and Rabach's. So if you are offended I got them confused... well excuse meeee!

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 6, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Other skill players -- I don't think the Pack has two guys like McCoy and Jackson. Their WR are good, but they're not likely to take a 5 yard pass and go 80 more into the end zone. Haslett may end up playing more aggressively against their WR.

At this point since people still dont realize he is there Greg Jennings might be the most underrated WR in the league. Dude is a beast and can do everything and anything that a Djax would have done to us. Corners will have their hands full with him and Driver and James jones, their WR depth isnt great but they have more then enough passcathing playmakers.

Just as we need to work our TEs in the passing game. I do not see how we are going to stop Jermichal Finley. Him and Rogers are really felling it.
Stopping thie pass attack will be the challenge.

Their run game is fairly one dimensional power style, not gonna happen against us.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 6, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

dpc2003,
Maybe I'd tweak the game plan a little. They like to throw to their tight end. You can take that away from them by giving them reason to keep the tight end back to block. Key on the tight end for blitzes. They have to get to Rodgers early and often to rattle him.

When the Redskins have the ball, I like exploiting their aggressive defense with some misdirection plays - maybe an end around with Banks or Moss? They are going to gang Moss so I would put him in motion a lot. CP won't be in the backfield to pass block, so the team needs to make adjustments for that. Ain't nothing wrong with putting a single blocking back like Sellers in the backfield on passing downs - if the defense goes max protect you can just have Sellers roll out for a little swing pass. I like them to put Cooley back there on occasion, too and for gosh sakes, run four wide receivers out there. If Shaun Hill could hang 331 yards passing on them, McNabb should be able to light it up. Last thing would be to get Cooley and Davis on short crossing routes to exploit linebackers in coverage.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 6, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

RE the actual post: Well let's just all roll over & play dead, then. geeze.

so... Hurricane BEEPS, thRedskins!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 6, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Only 2 games on the Skins schedule where I'd be surprised if they won. This week vs GB and Indy.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 6, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you know how it is. Packers are a terrible bad weather team. Never win a big one when it's cold or rainy. Specially cold. Ask Jerry kramer.

Posted by: TheCork | October 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Ice Bowl didn't look THAT cold, I think it was overrated.

Posted by: monk811 |

Overrated? I got frostbite watching th ehighlights in hi-def.

Posted by: TheCork | October 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Yeah dpc2003, you obviously haven't watched the Packers much lately. You are right, they are not at the top of their game yet. At least they are 3-1 and should be 4-0 after whoopin' the Bears but losing on a couple of bad plays and unnecessary penalties. Plus two defensive starters will be back in 2 weeks....they miss All-pro Al Harris. If you think the WR's are only "good" you haven't watched them much. They have absolutely the best 1 through 4 in the league...no question. Plus TE Finely is fast enough to be a wide receiver and plays there quite a bit now. Matthews "only" has 7 sacks??? Leading the league. Did you really expect him to average three a game for the season??? That would kind of smash the record doubletime...lol. Rodgers has only been sacked 5 times in 4 games and no sacks in the past two games so I disagree with what you said there too....you must have stopped watching them after week 8 last year. Maybe watch a few more games and get your facts right. Packers by 10 on Sunday....

Posted by: PackSuperbowl2011 | October 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

And actually, Aaron Rodgers hasn't had a really good game yet this season. If I were you, I would worry he lights you up for 500 yards on Sunday....

Posted by: PackSuperbowl2011 | October 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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