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Broncos lose laugher to Aaron Rodgers, Packers

October 2, 2011 by  
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By Mike Klis, Denver Post

~GREEN BAY, Wisc. — For a little more than 2 hours, Aaron Rodgers had a new toy.

"They're pedal to the metal and they execute very well." — Broncos head coach John Fox on the Packers offense.

He would push a button, and watch the Broncos’ secondary slowly shuffle while Packers receivers would sprint. He’d pull the trigger while the Broncos’ defensive backs were looking this way and the next thing you know, Rodgers was throwing to a wide open receiver over that way.

Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers​ beat up the Broncos so bad in a 49-23 victory Sunday before a sellout crowd of 70,529 at Lambeau Field, it was almost funny.

“They’re pedal to the metal and they execute very well,” said Broncos coach John Fox.

On one play, with just seconds remaining in the first half, Packers receiver Greg Jennings​ was so ridiculously open on a simple straight route in what was supposed to be the congested red zone, his touchdown celebration was to hold up his arms in disbelief and ask, “What happened?” How could a guy be so wide open on such an uncomplicated route?

Rodgers smiled and threw a touchdown pass. He smiled and ran for a touchdown. He smiled and smiled and smiled. He threw for four touchdowns and career-best 408 yards. He ran for two more touchdowns. No Packers quarterback ever had thrown for four touchdowns and rushed for two in the same game.

Packers receivers' Donald Driver and Greg Jennings celebrate Drivers' touchdown catch in the second half. Jennings also caught a Rodgers TD pass. So did WR James Jones. And WR Jordy Nelson. Last week TE Jermichael Finley caught 3 TD passes.

“Tempo was a little bit slower than maybe we’d like,” Rodgers said. “Felt funny when we first started … it didn’t feel like we were going to put up 42 points on offense at that point.”

This was the NFL’s best quarterback having the kind of game that convinces every last holdout trying to argue someone else is best. Rodgers led the Packers to three playoff road victories last season, then all but singlehandedly defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.

The defending Super Bowl MVP, Rodgers has the Packers off to a 4-0 start while posting the league’s best passer rating 124.6. He is completing 73 percent of his passes. He has 12 touchdowns against two interceptions.

“He’s up there in the top 3 quarterbacks in the league,” said Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams. “His timing and his precision with his guys right now is No. 1.”

He is the best. And a Broncos secondary without cornerback Champ Bailey​, who missed his third consecutive game with a hamstring strain, was nothing more than something to toy with.

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