After an aggressively meh offensive performance through the first two weeks of the season, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers woke up Sunday in a 31–24 win against the Lions. Rodgers was sublime, completing 15 of his 24 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns. That's pretty much a touchdown pass every four completions, and Detroit had no answer for the Green Bay offense. The Packers only punted twice all game, and also got a huge effort from Eddie Lacy, who ran for 103 yards on 17 carries. Two years ago, Rodgers famously told Packers fans to “R-E-L-A-X" after an early season loss to Seattle. He didn’t have to go that far Sunday, easing any concerns—at least for one week—with his big performance.
On Friday night, Madden NFL 17 proved that it can most accurately replicate the football that can be seen on Sunday. Not in the way that quarterbacks are consistently given upwards of eight seconds to throw the ball when they drop back, but definitely in how the Detroit Lions are able to have eight chances from inside the 10-yard line to score a touchdown and convert none of these opportunities. Well, that and Jim Caldwell opting to kick a 61-yard field goal on fourth-and-1 from the Packers 44-yard line. Let me give you the rundown for this week’s Madden simulation for the virtual Lions. The Lions’ offense came out looking unstoppable. Receivers were open, Stafford had time to throw and the Packers
The Carolina Panthers get one of their toughest defenses this season in the Minnesota Vikings for Week 3. Though they might not be a household name right now, the Vikings have a stingy defense that is among the league’s best according to the stats. In Week 2, they abused Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers en route to their second victory. In order to not be their third victim, the Panthers will need to do the following: By far, the biggest concern is making sure the NFL’s reigning MVP isn’t assaulted all game long. We’ve seen what happens when the hits keep coming and it leads to Newton throwing inaccurate passes and making mistakes. If the offensive line can keep him upright for a majority