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APC Podcast, 10/23: Has the absence of Davante Adams helped the offense grow?

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In our game recap, we wonder whether overcoming the temporary absence of their star receiver will help this Packers team in the long run.

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This past Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders was truly a clinic on how to dismantle a bad defense through the air. By at least one metric, Aaron Rodgers was perfect. He amassed 429 passing yards (going 25/31), threw 5 (five!) TD’s and scampered for a score on his way to his first ever perfect passer rating of 158.3. He connected with eight different players, including 2 running backs and a fullback — and none of them were named Davante Adams.

Which brings us to our question: despite the fact that Davante Adams is elite and this team will undoubtedly be much, much better when he returns from a turf toe injury, is there an argument to be made for this Adams-less stretch being good for this offense? It’s a new scheme for Aaron Rodgers, who is being asked to go back to basics in terms of trusting the first or second read. As well, a cadre of young receivers has now been given ample opportunity to build timing and trust with the quarterback.

Both ends of this equation falling into place should breed in fans a ton of optimism for this offense going forward, but would it have been less possible — or at least taken much longer for things to come together — if Rodgers’ security blanket were on the field? This and other listener questions are all ahead on this week’s podcast. Enjoy!


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