Aaron Rodgers will return and play with a chip on his shoulder - literally and figuratively. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Sunday Night Aaron Rodgers: A Halloween nightmare for the Minnesota Vikings


 

NFL Divisional games, especially those for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, bring out the grittiness of great players.

They are a way to proclaim yourself amongst the elite against your most hated foes. The addition of playing in primetime in front of millions creates a magical aura. Green Bay has been blessed with an elixir of great quarterbacks. The most recent batch of hocus pocus more than often will provide a “belt-worthy” performance. With that said, Mr. Rodgers seems to save his best for when it counts most.

Let’s take a look:

This Sunday will mark the tenth regular season appearance that Aaron Rodgers will make under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football. Over the span of his career, Mr. Rodgers has been exceptional for the Green and Gold, but these Sunday night specials are sort of his benchmark. He has been spooky spectacular in his previous nine career starts, completing a very healthy 64.9 percent of his passes for an accumulation of 2,467 yards. His touchdown-to-interception ratio in those games hasn’t been too shabby either with a mark of 20 TDs to just 3 INTs. If you were wondering how that stacks up to a passer rating of 110.0 on the quarterbacking charts. Those eye-popping numbers are what makes him one of the elite in the game today. But Rodgers will probably tell you that the buck doesn’t stop there.

Sunday will bring a highly-anticipated road contest with divisional nemesis Minnesota. Against the Vikings, the prolific quarterback has thrown for a mind-boggling 2,840 yards with 24 TDs and 4 INTs during regular season play. His 116.0 passer rating from those contests is the best ALL-TIME against a single opponent, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In 10 career starts against the Vikings in the regular season, he has lived through the air with five games of three-plus-TDs and seven games with no INTs.  There’s just something about that dome that just makes Rodgers feel right at home.

Green Bay understands the importance of Sunday night’s divisional clash. There are bragging rights along with a way to secure a playoff berth. Before losing 37-34 at Minnesota last year, the Packers had won 12 straight against divisional opponents.

Look for number 12 to pave the way for the Packers. He won’t be bobbing for apples though …  he’ll be throwing for touchdowns.

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  • Trina Mott

    Nice