Media sources have been on Aaron Rodgers like crazy this week, picking apart his game and trying to figure out what is "wrong" with the Green Bay Packers' quarterback. APC is no exception, as we looked at one play in particular in which Rodgers missed an open receiver for a first down. However, Rodgers spoke with members of the media on Wednesday and made it clear that he has heard the criticisms of him and his team but is not concerned about them.
Don't expect Rodgers to change up his preparation for this week's game, either, aside from maybe working a bit on ball security. But as far as playing quarterback goes, he indicated that his preparation and routine do not really change after a win or after a loss.
Meanwhile, the Packers are dealing with injuries to four defensive starters and a fifth who is a starter in all practicality, so that unit will be pushed to see some of its young reserves return to the field this week. Thankfully, players like Josh Hawkins, Chris Banjo, and Jayrone Elliott are back at practice and working again. Check out a discussion of those injuries and more in today's Cheese Curds.
Aaron Rodgers: 'I know I've got to play better, and I will' | Packers.com
Rodgers was pointed with reporters after Wednesday's practice when asked about his play, saying that he's "not worried about the outside expectations or scrutiny." If you have 13 minutes to kill, check out his full locker room interview here.
Timing is everything for Packers' offense | Packersnews.com
With that said, here's some unsolicited scrutiny. This comment from Tom Silverstein's has been the crux of the problem lately: "The Packers’ no-huddle offense depends on the chains moving in order to create the desired fast pace. It requires the quarterback sometimes taking an easy completion instead of a riskier deep attempt." That hasn't been happening recently.
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews has ankle, hamstring injuries - ESPN
The dreaded hammy issue has reared its ugly head once again for Matthews. Meanwhile, Morgan Burnett, Letroy Guion, Datone Jones, and Sam Shields all sat out practice as well.
NFL panic index, Week 3: Remember when the Packers were good? - SBNation.com
The description of the Packers' panic index: "Everything is fine until it isn't." I'm actually not sure what that means in this situation.
Adrian Peterson to undergo knee surgery Thursday - NFL.com
Meanwhile, the Vikings signed free agent Ronnie Hillman to bolster the running back group, which now consists of Jerick McKinnon as the starter plus Matt Asiata and Hillman as backups.
Snaps, Pace & Stats: Week 3 | PFF
Between the Packers and Lions, expect to see a lot of no-huddle on the Lambeau Field turf this Sunday. This could lead to a lot of snaps for both teams, which should mean good things for fantasy players on both offenses.
Terrelle Pryor is willing to cut off a finger or die on the field to get the Browns a win - SBNation.com
Let's hope he means this figuratively and not literally.