Packers' Aaron Rodgers had historic day in dismantling Raiders' defense


Packers' Aaron Rodgers had historic day in dismantling Raiders' defense

There's no need to mince words: Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever grip the pigskin.

Despite all of his undeniable greatness, Rodgers might have been at his peak Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Playing a Raiders team with two weeks to prepare and without his top wide receiver, Davante Adams, Rodgers ripped the Silver and Black limb from limb, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns while adding a rushing touchdown and notching a perfect passer rating in a 42-24 Green Bay win. The Packers' star quarterback registered just six incompletions on the day.

Rodgers' destruction of the Silver and Black is one he'll surely remember.

Rodgers was locked in.

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The Raiders leave Lambeau Field at 3-3, and will head to Houston to play the Texans in the finale of their five-game road trip.

After back-to-back wins over the Colts and Bears, the Raiders put themselves in the thick of the AFC West race. After Rodgers took the wind out of their sails Sunday, the Silver and Black will need to regroup fast in order to stay in the AFC hunt.

Raiders' Josh Jacobs has lofty receiving goal in his second NFL season

Raiders' Josh Jacobs has lofty receiving goal in his second NFL season

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had a tremendous rookie season. If not for a late-season shoulder injury, he likely would have been named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Alabama product is firmly situated as the lead back in what should be an improved Raiders offense in the team's first season in Las Vegas. The Raiders added pass-catching weapons Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards and Nelson Agholor in the draft and free agency, and Jacobs himself intends to be an improved receiving threat for quarterback Derek Carr (h/t Raiders Wire.)

"I worked on a lot of things that receivers do,” Jacobs said Wednesday at training camp. "Not just running-back routes, like how to get off the line, how to stack on top once you get vertical. I’ve just been working on all the little technical things that receivers do. Just trying to implement that into my own style and bring what I can to the table."

"My goal is to catch at least 60 balls this year," he added.

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Jacobs hauled in 20 receptions for 166 yards as a rookie, so that goal would represent quite a significant jump if attained. He certainly has the athleticism and ability to increase his reception total, but given the additional receiving talents on the roster, he might find it difficult to get that kind of volume. After all, there are only so many balls to go around.

Nonetheless, that's the kind of attitude the Raiders surely love to see out of one of their core offensive building blocks. There's every reason to expect Jacobs will improve upon his rookie season, and not simply as a runner.

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Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski embracing challenge as anchor of defense


Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski embracing challenge as anchor of defense

Timing sometimes being everything in life, it was almost too perfect that Nick Kwiatkoski finally got his chance to start on a consistent basis over the last seven games of last season.

Circumstance had previously blocked that possibility. A talented young linebacker with sideline-to-sideline and three-down play capability, Kwiatkoski was the victim of an extraordinarily talented Chicago Bears defensive roster that was particularly strong at linebacker.

On many other teams, he would have been a starter. In Chicago, he was a reserve.

But then came the opportunity for consistent playing time when Danny Trevathan went down with an injury in November. Kwiatkoski was inserted into the lineup. And with free agency pending and his long-range prospects uncertain, it was finally his time to show he could be counted on as a full-time starter.

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