Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) drops back during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers: The foundation of the Green Bay Packers

As long as Aaron Rodgers stands tall, the Packers will continue to win.

Ted Thompson has forged an excellent foundation for the 93rd edition in Green Bay Packers history.

They have a nice chunk of veteran core players in Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams, Jordy Nelson, B.J. Raji, Josh Sitton, and A.J. Hawk. They also have young players blossoming toward their high ceiling of potential in Eddie Lacy, David Bakhtiari, Randall Cobb, T.J. Lang, Nick Perry, Micah Hyde, and Sam Shields.

Make no mistake, however, Aaron Rodgers is the rock that holds the entire foundation together. The proof lies within the structure. First Matthews and Perry are stripped from the core for a month. Then Cobb, Jones, and Finley crumble from the roster.

Surprisingly, the winning formula stays intact. Green Bay is able to plug a Jarrett Boykin in here and a Jamari Lattimore there to withstand the storm only because Aaron Rodgers is under center.

He is in complete control of the Green Bay Packers this year. McCarthy has given him more control of the offense this year than ever. He has been right about 90 percent of the time when audibling a pass to a run and vice versa.

You take away three of his four top targets is the passing game, he creates new ones within a week in Jarrett Boykin and Myles White. You start robbing him of his defensive stars, he will keep your offense off the field by audibling to a stretch play to Eddie Lacy.

Once the Packers get some of their stars back, the will be even more dangerous as long as number 12 is in the game.

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