Although the NFL mantra of taking things ‘one week-at-a-time’ almost never waivers, this week for the Colts is an exception.
Indianapolis is in the midst of its bye week so they can look ahead to the Week 5 matchup with the Green Bay Packers.
Quarterback Aaron Rogers will bring one of the finest passing games in all of football to Lucas Oil Stadium and his opposition knows exactly that.
“He has a lot of weapons and he has all the tools to hurt a defense,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “He can make all the throws, so as a defense we really have to be on key coming off the bye week.”
Rodgers is coming off one of the finest seasons in NFL history setting numerous records for quarterbacks.
The Colts don’t have many players who are familiar with the gunslinger but backup quarterback Drew Stanton has spent the last five seasons in the NFC North with Rodgers.
“He puts the ball in places you wouldn’t expect it,” Stanton said. “He does a great job of being on the same page with four or five different receivers that you have to be able to account for. You couple that with his escape ability and there’s a reason he is as good as he is.”
In 2011, 10 different Packers receivers caught at least 10 passes with Rodgers throwing 45 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
How do you go about stopping Rodgers?
On Monday night against the Seahawks, Rodgers was sacked eight times and Stanton agrees with that blueprint.
“The best thing you can do is try and put pressure on him,” Stanton said. “As we’ve seen in the past, if you put pressure on him, it’s more difficult to try and do things. This defense has those capabilities to come at you from all different angles.”
The meeting on Oct. 7 will mark the second time in Rodgers’ career that he has faced the Colts.
Only three Colts defenders remain from the 2008 meeting where Rodgers was 21-of-28 for 186 yards.
A lot has changed since that contest four years ago but the development of Rodgers has only gotten better.
“I see one of the top tier quarterbacks in the league,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. “He has total control of his offense and he will make you pay if you are not on your detail.”
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