Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears in a 2012 game. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The Aaron Rodgers-James Jones chemical romance

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Due to a lack of a NFL package, I have not been able to see the Packers-Bears game but watching the three touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones has highlighted the chemistry which has allowed Jones to be much more effective this year than he was in 2011.

The first touchdown pass was perfectly thrown as Aaron Rodgers had that elite touch on his throw which took it out of play for any other defensive back of the Bears. Rodgers also knew how fast Jones can run and the ball fell right into the hands of Jones in the endzone for what seemed like an easy touchdown. This type of touch is only seen from elite quarterbacks like Rodgers and Peyton Manning (who is in the game I’m stuck watching instead) as Rodgers still is showing why he is the NFL’s best players despite not putting up the biggest numbers.

The second touchdown was well-called by the Packers as a slant pass is one of the smartest plays that a coach can possibly call. It works against most coverage schemes. Rodgers put the pass perfectly into the chest of Jones but it was Jones who made the better play. Jones jumped up in front of the Bears’ defender like a basketball player blocking out to get a rebound while catching and securing before making an easy move in for the touchdown. Jones’s strength is what makes him a playmaker as he is the perfect complement to Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb’s speed.

Aaron Rodgers and James Jones both showed how talented they are today and their complementary skills and chemistry has been key to putting the Packers in the lead.

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