Dallas stymied Rodgers early in a 30-16 Week 6 trouncing, but that was a different Green Bay Packers team and a different quarterback. Don't expect interceptions tossed right into the gut of Barry Church this time around.
Rodgers stats in the Cheeseheads' seven-game winning streak have been MVP-level. With renewed faith in his receivers to get open, Rodgers has ditched the hesitation that caused his early season hardships.
Rodgers' first 10 games: 4-6 W-L record; 63.2 comp. percent; 276.1 pass YPT, 25-7 TD-INT ratio; 96.0 passer rating
Rodgers' last 7 games: 7-0 W-L record; 69.6 comp. percent; 289.9 pass YPT, 19-0 TD-INT ratio; 121.7 passer rating
"The guy makes crazy plays no matter what," Crawford said. "I don't know how he does some of the things he does passing that ball. We just have to keep our lanes and make sure we don't lose [containment] to make sure he doesn't get out of the pocket."
There is the rub with Rodgers: If you rush after him too hard, he'll escape the pocket and destroy you on ad-lib plays. If you keep contain, he'll sit and sit and sit and sit, bounding from side to side in the pocket until your secondary finally breaks down.
"There's no defense for that," Irving said. "No one can cover anybody that long. We not only have to rush and get pressure but we also have to do it in a smart way and keep him contained."