Aaron Rodgers took the shotgun snap, faked a handoff and seemed for tight end Jimmy Graham over the center. Together with his trademark lightning-fast movement, the Packers quarterback threw the ball — however it was tipped by leaping 6-foot-5 Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
The ball, now wobbly, continued towards Graham. The tight finish reached for it together with his left hand, tipping it into the air once more — and into the arms of Payments safety Jordan Poyer for an interception.
The date was Sept. 30.
Rodgers hasn’t thrown a decide since.
Sunday, he blew past Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s NFL-document 358 passes with out an interception. He finished the Packers’ win towards the Falcons with 368 — and counting.
Rodgers’ report will face its largest challenge of the season Sunday at Soldier Subject. Takeaways — a league-greatest 34 of them — are the lifeblood of the Bears’ dominant defense. . They have 25 interceptions. Only one other staff within the NFL has greater than 15.
“He protects the football,” Bears coach Matt Nagy stated. “And he has excessive confidence in how he does it. And he’s been doing it for a very long time. So the No. 1 factor we’ve got to do is, attempt to break that.”
Rodgers’ streak is the result of accuracy, intelligence and expertise.
“He’s very calculated in his throws,” Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara stated. “And he’s great at extending performs, he’s nice at getting rid of the ball and throwing it out of bounds. That’s one thing he takes satisfaction in, in not turning over the ball.
“I don’t assume he’s going to go crazy making an attempt to turn it over in this recreation, but that’s our job: to make the pocket uncomfortable for him. And once we know that a route is coming, we make a play on it.”
Earlier than throwing the interception to Poyer, he’d gone one hundred fifty-straight passes and not using a decide. His accuracy, then, is not any surprise to Bears defenders.
“They’re aware of that,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio stated. “But he’s carried out that yearly.”
Since throwing an uncharacteristic eleven interceptions over 15 video games in 2010, Rodgers has yet to throw greater than eight in a season. Rodgers threw 46 interceptions from 2011-17; Jay Cutler, by comparability, threw eighty one throughout the identical seven-yr span.
“He’s an incredible quarterback,” Amukamara stated. “You don’t even need to name him conservative — he takes calculated possibilities and he’s very precise, and the receivers help him out in not throwing picks, also.
“We’re gonna need to do a very good job and continue to do a great job of getting the ball by some means.”
Rodgers is 17-four all-time towards the Bears, with one loss coming when he obtained knocked from the sport with a damaged collarbone in 2013. In those games, he’s thrown 45 touchdowns and solely eleven interceptions. Rodgers’ a hundred and five.9 passer score towards the Bears is the perfect of any quarterback, ever, who has 200 or more passes towards them.
“Determination-making and accuracy,” stated cornerback Kyle Fuller, who’s tied for the league lead with seven…