GREEN BAY, Wis. — Following the biggest comeback win of his career, Aaron Rodgers met with the media Wednesday to discuss how that victory could help as the Green Bay Packers move on to a difficult stretch within the NFC North that begins with Sunday’s game at the Detroit Lions.
Here are five question-and-answer highlights from Rodgers’ media session:
1. Does momentum carry over to the next game after an 18-point comeback win?
RODGERS: "I don’t know if you can carry it over, specifically on the field to on the field. But it gives us momentum this week. Winning is kind of the cure-all. It makes the work environment a little bit better during the week. I think we realize we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of improvement to make before we get to where we want to go."
2. After Jordy Nelson’s 30 targets through two games, does the ball need to be distributed around more now?
RODGERS: "I’m not too worried about that and I hope they aren’t either. This is a long season and guys will get different opportunities throughout the year. This last week and the second half of the Seattle game, our tight ends were not pass-receivers first. They were blockers first, and more specifically, pass-blockers. The last game-and-a-half, they’ve been doing a lot of pass-protection stuff and check-downs. They haven’t been primary receivers on a lot of plays. When your primary is winning the one-on-one battle, they’re going to get the football. That’s why Jordy got the ball so much on Sunday. As we settle into our protections and settle into our roles, guys will get even more opportunities."
3. What will this upcoming stretch be like of three division games in a 12-day span?
RODGERS: "I think it’s the first time since the 1980s, when I was a youngster. Is that right? . . . I don’t remember a stretch like this with three in, like, 12 days or something. It’s tough. I think the guys know: This is a stretch that could really have some implications on our postseason future. Winning your division games is the easiest way to winning your division, which guarantees a home playoff game, so these are important. Two of the three are on the road and the third one’s a short week. It doesn’t get any easier, but that’s how we like it."
4. How was Davante Adams able to step up in just his second-ever NFL game?
RODGERS: "He didn’t do a whole lot the first week but, to his credit, he didn’t hang his head. He just looked for some opportunities, and they’re going to come. I’ve said it to these guys before, everybody in that offensive meeting room is going to get a chance to make some plays. It happens every year with injuries and guys start showing up in practice and getting opportunities. You’re going to get a chance to play, whether you’re Davante or DuJuan (Harris), who’s going to get some carries at some point, Ryan Taylor’s going to get some reps at tight end at some point. We need those guys to stay ready. Davante did a good job of knowing what he was supposed to be doing and making plays. It’s about, for me, it’s about showing us in practice you can do it, and that gives you the confidence when you get in the game to look his way."
5.) You’ve had good success in Detroit, winning all four games that you’ve started and finished. What’s been the recipe for success?
RODGERS: "Shoe comfort, probably. I don’t know. They asked me the same thing. We’ve had some success against them over the years, but I don’t think you can point to one specific thing. Probably, if you point to anything, it’s probably turnover margin and big plays. We’ve done a pretty good job of taking care of the football against them the last few years and our defense getting some turnovers."