Aaron Rogers has a field day as he accounts for all 6 of his team's Touchdowns in route to a 42-24 win at home against the Oakland Raiders.
Rogers makes history
Rogers had one of the best statistical games of his career today. It was the first time in Green Bay Packer history that a QB has completed an entire game with a perfect passer rating. He completed 80.6% of his passes as he threw for 429 yards and 5 TDs and also rushed for a TD. He posted a total QBR of 95.3, which is the 4th-most by a QB in a game this year. In his 15th season in the NFL, Rogers continues to post insanely good numbers and he has his team as a top contender at 6-1.
The Raiders got out to a great start and Josh Jacobs was running wild as he broke off a 42-yard run on the first drive to get them within striking distance. The Raiders were on the board first with a field goal. The Packers responded to this by going on a 6-play, 75-yard drive that capped off with a beautiful catch-and-throw to HB Aaron Jones. Aaron Jones, who dropped a TD last week, made sure not to miss another opportunity and redeemed himself with a great catch in the corner of the end-zone.
so close, carr. so close
This was the turning point of the game. It was late in the 2nd quarter, Green Bay was up 14-10 and the Raiders were looking to retake the lead with the ball at the Packers' 1 yard line. Carr rolled out to the right and made a dive to the pylon. However, while he dove the ball slipped out of his hand and into the end-zone, forcing a touchback. The Packers then capitalized by scoring on a 37-yd TD pass to WR Jake Kumerow and began their quest to run away with this game.
Raiders overpowered in the Second Half
Rogers opened the 2nd half with a 59-yd pass to WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Four plays later, Rogers crossed the goal line on a 3-yd run.
Raiders QB Derek Carr and WR Darren Waller then connected on a 7-yd score to cut the lead to 28-17.
Rogers then came right back to toss it to Jimmy Graham who scored to make it 35-17 and they did not look back from there.
Despite having an excellent ground game from HB Josh Jacobs and solid play from QB Derek Carr, the Raiders made too many mistakes on offense and their defense had no answer for the Packers' passing game.
The Packers are right where they want to be: 6-1 and sitting at the top of the most competitive division in football, the NFC North. They will travel to Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday for a primetime matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs (5-2). This will likely be a favorable matchup now considering 2018 MVP QB Patrick Mahomes will be on the sidelines. The Packers have an opportunity to finish the first half of the season at 7-1, which they have not done since 2007. That year they ended up making it all the way to the NFC Championship game.
The Raiders (3-3) have had missed opportunities all season, but are far from out of the hunt. They stand at 2nd in the AFC West, 2 games behind the Chiefs. Next week, they will continue on the road to face the Houston Texans (4-3). Unless the Chiefs season tanks without Patrick Mahomes at the helm of the offense, the Raiders will likely be battling for a Wild Card spot for the rest of the season.
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