At 4-6, Aaron Rodgers expected to run the table. He wasn’t just talking about the regular season, either.
Indeed, Rodgers and the Packers overcame a shaky start to wallop the Giants, 38-13, at Lambeau on Sunday. The Packers have now won seven straight games and will play the Cowboys in Dallas this Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.
“I think they’ve earned their way back,” former Packers Super Bowl champion LeRoy Butler said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I think they are what they are. The Giants are the best team that was balanced in the playoffs, where your defense and your offense was together. You feel like if you beat the Giants, you really have a good chance of going to the Super Bowl. That’s what everyone has been thinking. You feel like this was the toughest game this weekend. If you look at all four games, they were all blowouts, but this was the one game you did not think was going to be 38-13. So a lot of people are going to overrate them, a lot of people are going to underrate them. But the guys in that locker room, they just care about each other.”
Green Bay looked inept in the first half against New York, especially on offense, but trailed just 6-0 with less than three minutes to go in the second quarter.
“The Giants should have been up 21-0,” Butler said. “If you look at the score, they were only up 6-0. At that point, you feel like you have a chance, especially when – his words, not mine – Aaron Rodgers was just bad the first quarter, even the first half. Then all of a sudden that Hail Mary kind of got him going and they changed a few things.”
Rodgers found Davante Adams for a 5-yard score with 2:20 left in the second quarter and then hit Randall Cobb on a 42-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the half. Green Bay led 14-6 at the break and scored 24 unanswered points to end the game.
That’s the beauty of having Rodgers, whom Brandon Tierney considers the most talented quarterback to ever play the position.
“We’ve always had him high, so you can understand how we jumped off bridges when we look a some point during the season, he was last among all quarterbacks in passes over 25 yards,” Butler said. “We had not seen that. So for him to step up to the mic and say ‘It’s my fault, I’m going to get it turned around, I expect to run the table’ – when he’s done that, you put him into the greats.”
Rodgers’ legend would only grow if he can lead the Packers to a win in Dallas. The Cowboys beat Green Bay 30-16 at Lambeau in Week 6.
Will the Packers’ magic continue on the road?
“I think it will,” Butler said. “You know why? (The Cowboys are) relying on rookies. These guys have never been in games of this magnitude. Most of these guys would be in bowl games. Ezekiel Elliott, he’s played in some big games. Dak Prescott has done that as well. But their defense is based on how good Sean Lee is playing. They have a Hall of Fame tight end in Jason Witten. They don’t hurt themselves. They really don’t. You can (put points on the board), but the problem is you don’t have the ball. They eat up the clock with their running game and short passing game. Then you look up and you’re down 21 points. Now if you look at the two games the Giants (won), the Giants attacked them. (They didn’t care) about this all-rookie stuff. They went in there focused and beat them. So that’s two of the tapes obviously that (the Packers) have looked at.”