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Morning roundup: Packers helping themselves on free plays

Oct. 28, 2012
 

When the opposition jumps, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' offense makes them pay.

As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky writes in Sunday feature, the Packers quarterback has become the master of making the most out of free plays over the past two seasons.

According to ESPN.com, Rodgers throws deeper down the field on free plays than any other quarterback with more than two attempts dating to the start of the 2011 season. On 14 such throws, Rodgers has averaged 25.8 yards per attempt. He has completed five of them for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers is 4-of-6 this season alone in free-play situations.

“Over the years, I’ve lost games because they call a penalty and guys give up,” Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “Guys like Aaron are going to take advantage of it. You see the penalty, and you see guys let up, and you say, ‘Oh no, keep playing.’ You’ve got to play until the play’s over.”

You can read the rest of Demovsky's story here: http://tinyurl.com/8ujus8z

*In his Sunday column, Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause compares this year's Packers to the team that went on to win the Super Bowl XLV two years ago.

There are some striking similiarities between the two teams from their 3-3 start, early season struggles and having to overcome a rash of injuries.

“Is this the same point we were at in (2010)? I don’t know,” said Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga. “As a team we’re starting to play better and better each week. … I think that’s something maybe we were doing in 2010 because we started to play better as the season went on. We started out a little bit slow, didn’t play our best football. We kind of just got it going little by little. By the end of the season we were rolling.”

Check out the rest of Vandermause's column here: http://tinyurl.com/98cndwc

*The Packers beat writers give their take on the outcome of today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here's a hint: Think blowout. http://tinyurl.com/9ys68yo

*Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty gives you 'Three things to watch' in today's game, beginning with status of Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who's battling an injury in his non-throwing shoulder.

You can read Dougherty's thoughts here: http://tinyurl.com/9bb9yoc

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