That is Aaron Rodgers' completion percentage. The game plan was a bit conservative and there were penalties galore, but Rodgers played a great game, especially considering that Tony Moll cost him a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball to Donald Driver. Moreover, the defense played pretty well. I'm still worried about Atari Bigby who was exploited all night, but he seems to be a bit of a ball magnet in 2-minute situations, and he was again tonight.
Throw in a game-changing run by Ryan Grant, (eventually leading to a scoring run from Rodgers) and you have a very solid opening game.
It was good to see Aaron get off on the right note. It was easy to imagine a situation where he played poorly, was booed mercilessly, and saw the season spiral out of control. He looked confident, made good throws, threw a nice deep ball, and didn't do anything stupid.
As for the Vikings, Tarvaris Jackson really is a big problem for them. The stout defense did not live up to its billing, but he was under 50%, was not efficient, and threw a game killing interception. This all leads to the important question: Who's better, Kyle Orton, or Tarvaris Jackson?
Brewers Now Officially In Choke Mode
Look out below! The Brewers farted away a solid outing from David Bush, and wasted a HR by Jason Kendall of all people, as Philly pulled to within 3 games of the Wild Card.
Just as they did to Cubs' closer Kerry Wood a night ago, the Reds were able to get to Solomon Torres in the 9th and steal one. The Brewer offense continued to struggle as they managed only 6 hits all night. Even worse, they wasted an opportunity to beat the excellent Edinson Volquez. On the plus side, he's the best they'll see all series.
All In The Family
You can add nepotism to the list of what's wrong with the Detroit Lions.
Freakonomics Meets The Blind Side
Steve Levitt has an interesting post about Michael Lewis's excellent book, The Blind Side.
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