Green Bay-Jerry Kramer can’t wait to see Aaron Rodgers in three or four years.
What Kramer has seen to date has impressed the former Green Bay guard, who played with franchise legend Bart Starr during the Packers’ unprecedented run of five NFL Championships and two Super Bowl titles in seven seasons from in the 1960s.
Kramer and his Super Bowl I teammates were honored the past two weeks at Lambeau Field during Green Bay victories over Seattle and Kansas City. They saw Rodgers continue his exceptional play at home against two tough opponents.
Rodgers has thrown 486 passes at Lambeau Field in the regular season without an interception and 43 consecutive touchdown passes at home without a pick. Both are NFL records. Monday night, he threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns in compiling a 138.5 quarterback rating.
That’s the fourth time Rodgers has thrown for five or more touchdowns in a game, breaking the franchise record he shared with Brett Favre. Three of his touchdown passes were caught by Randall Cobb, but he spread the ball to nine different receivers. James Jones caught seven aerials for 139 yards and one touchdown.
“Aaron is playing at an incredible level and he gets everyone involved,” Kramer said. “He very smart and also seems to be so calm—doesn’t get too excited or rattled. He dances around in the pocket like Fred Astaire and can run when he wants.
“He seems to make all the right moves in the pocket. He is just so accurate with his passes and consistent. He’ll zing that ball two inches from a defender’s ear and right into the hands of our receiver. He’s careful with the football and doesn’t take risks.”
Kramer doesn’t have a crystal ball, but he made a bold prediction.
“We’ll see in a few years, but if he keeps this up we may be looking at the best quarterback ever to play the game,” Kramer said. “Green Bay is fortunate to have him. I didn’t think that when Aaron first took over for Brett, but Mr. Ted Thompson knows his talent. Aaron Rodgers is special.”
Rodgers and the 3-0 Packers look to continue their winning ways Sunday against the 49ers in San Francisco.
Colin Kaepernick has had Green Bay’s number with a 3-0 career record. He’s averaged 300.7 yards passing and 100.3 yards rushing per game, giving the Packers defense fits with his athletic ability in the read-option offense.
The 49ers have a new coach in Jim Tomsula and lost a rash of key players in the offseason: defensive end Justin Smith, linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, receivers Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson, running back Frank Gore, and guard Mike Iupati.
Rodgers is 0-2 against the 49ers in San Francisco, which is just three hours south of his hometown of Chico, Calif. It will take another solid performance from Rodgers and the offense and the Packers defense to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2011.
“What’s really great about Aaron is he’s won MVPs, but it’s not enough–he’s still hungry and focused on improving,” said fullback John Kuhn. “I never take him for granted and every day I see him do something special.”
Week 4 NFL Picks
The 49ers defense is a shell of itself, allowing 47 and 43 points in San Francisco’s last two blow-out losses. Aaron Rodgers is in MVP form and Green Bay offense takes full advantage. Error-prone Colin Kaepernick and his struggling offensive unit are out of sync and simply no match.
Packers 38, 49ers 24