To say Aaron Rodgers has continued his play from last year is inaccurate; the reigning MVP is actually performing at an even higher level right now. Randall Cobb is justifying every cent the Packers gave him this offseason. Even the defense looks vastly superior against the run.
Green Bay looks like a dominant team during a time when the NFC appears wide open. Health could be the only thing that holds the franchise back, and not everything is rosy on that front.
If the Packers had to take the field right now, they'd have exactly four wide receivers to work with. The number of pass catchers only grows by two when you factor in tight ends, as Andrew Quarless' injury appears serious. At a time when the team has to find a spot for Letroy Guion, it may also need room to add Jared Abbrederis and/or Justin Perillo from the practice squad.
Joe Thomas wasn't perfect by any means Monday, but he did give the Packers some extra flexibility to shift Clay Matthews outside where he can better rush the quarterback. With Jake Ryan suffering an injury of his own, Thomas may have returned just in time for Green Bay.
Rodgers has no peer when it comes to catching teams offside and with too many players on the field. The amount of yardage he creates with his is second to none, it gives Green Bay an edge that no other offense possesses.
The standards Rodgers holds himself to are different than nearly any quarterback in NFL history. That doesn't change just because so many members of his supporting cast are sidelined with injury.
You'll never guess who received a blue chip.