GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is back to playing like an MVP. After a slow start this season, Rodgers has thrown nine touchdown passes and no interceptions in the past two games to lead the Packers to consecutive wins for the first time this year.
In his weekly meeting with the media, Rodgers talked about injuries, the struggling running game and how this season is starting to resemble the Packers’ Super Bowl season of two years ago.
Five question-and-answer highlights:
1. Nearly 25 percent of the Packers’ roster is on the injury report. How does that impact practices?
RODGERS: (Coach) Mike (McCarthy) did a good job of cutting it short, but it’s kind of that time of the year. Everybody’s a little banged up, kind of looking forward to the bye week. We’ve got two more (games) left (before the bye). Hopefully we can stay fairly healthy and get some guys back afterward.
2. Is there a value in running the ball even if it’s not gaining a lot of yards?
RODGERS: The value, it’s about slowing down the rush, it’s about making sure they can’t tee off and come up the field every single time and get a jump on the snap. We’ve got to stay with it. It’s actually more about quantity now than quality. We’d like to have more quality runs, where we’re winning the down, as well call it, and we’re getting those 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 80 yard runs. But it’s about attempts. It’s making sure we’re keeping the defense honest and looking for some sort of balance.
3. What is the impact of losing Charles Woodson for at least six weeks?
RODGERS: I think it’s probably more significant than even people think when they talk about it. He’s more than just a player. He’s a presence in the locker room, he’s a leader, he’s a vocal leader, he’s a big-play guy on defense. He’s a guy people have to account for every time. I know if I was playing our defense, I would want to know where he’s at, whether he was at the high safety or whether he was down in the slot or whether he was coming on a pressure. He gets a lot of hits on the football. He’s forced a lot of fumbles here over his time. He’s a close friend, so (I’m) disappointed for him, but excited that he’s a little more upbeat the last couple of days, and I think he’s going to be on the low end of that timeline and we’d love to get him back as quick as possible.
4. With Greg Jennings seeking a second medical opinion on his injured groin, how much longer do you think he’ll be out of the lineup?
RODGERS: I can’t speak for Greg. I haven’t talked to him, haven’t seen him yet today. We want him to come back as quickly as he can, but he’s got to do what’s best for his body. I know his toughness and how badly he wants to be on the field. If he can’t be out there, you know it’s got to be something significant.
5. Do you see similarities between this year and 2010, given the injuries and the slow start?
RODGERS: I hope so. This has been similar in that we lost some key guys in 2010, and we’ve lost some key guys already this year and started a little slow, we lost a couple of games in overtime that year, back to back, then we started getting on a role before the bye week. We’d like to do the same thing this season. We’ve got two more left. Another little-talked-about fact was the 2010 World Series, the San Francisco Giants, are back in the World Series, so we’re pulling for the Giants to get a win and hopefully that means we’ll be headed down to New Orleans.