Aaron Rodgers happy Packers silenced ‘trolls’ in win over Lions: ‘People like to say a lot of bulls—’
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers looked a lot better in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season than they did in Week 1.
Green Bay knocked off its divisional rival Detroit 35-17 on “Monday Night Football.” The Packers’ offense was firing on all cylinders, and Rodgers was pleased that the team’s performance silenced its critics.
“There’s so many overreactions that happen from a week-to-week basis,” Rodgers said to reporters after the game, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “So it’s nice to come out, have a good performance and get the trolls off our back for at least a week.”
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Rodgers, in particular, had a great outing against the Lions. He was sharp and accurate, completing 22 of 27 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns. That was much better than his Week 1 performance against the Saints, during which he completed 15 of 28 passes for just 133 yards and two interceptions in a 38-3 loss.
Rodgers’ stellar day included a perfectly thrown touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan. Rodgers squeezed the throw into an impossibly small window.
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The Packers, in general, looked fired up after coming out flat against the Saints. Aaron Jones, who also recorded four touchdowns, brought quite a bit of energy and could be seen celebrating after his strong runs throughout the game.
Meanwhile, Rodgers didn’t look shell-shocked as he did at times in Week 1. He and the team were able to bounce back from the minor setbacks they faced during the contest, which included a three-point halftime deficit.
“I think we maybe tried to show that we cared a little bit more tonight,” Rodgers said.
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Rodgers improved his “Monday Night Football” winning streak to eight games with the victory. But most importantly, he has now won nine consecutive games coming off a loss dating back to 2018.
And he certainly feels that he did enough to quell criticism of his team for the time being.
“People like to say a lot of bulls—, and it’s nice to come back in here after a game like that,” Rodgers said.