How Good is Aaron Rodgers or the Green Bay Packers' Running Game with an O-Line?

BenContributor IOctober 6, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers scrambles against Leonard Little #91 of the St. Louis Rams during the game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 27, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback. After two seasons as the leader he has proved that he's possibly one of the top quarterbacks in the league and in replacing Brett Favre without missing a step, at the very least he's got ice water in his veins—gunslinger extraordinaire. Rodgers is quickly proving himself to have a powerful arm, a great head on his shoulders, and the ability to make plays.

He's lead his team to a slow start so far this season but lets be honest, if he wasn't quick on his feet our 2-2 season may well be at least a 1-3 if not a 0-4 start. 

Ryan Grant, a few seasons ago, was one of the best running backs in the league. Against the Vikings Grant had a few good plays but is no where near as impressive as he used to prove himself on a regular basis.

Rather than saying that Rodgers doesn't live up to the hype and Grant isn't what he used to be I think the answer is much more obvious. As often as a defensive lineman smacks Rodgers in the face, so does the fact that the Green Bay offensive line is having huge issues. 

Rodgers could have a shot at the MVP this year if the o-line gives him the chance to.

This week against the Vikings Jared Allen had 4.5 sacks and a safety by himself.  Rodgers spent more time eluding the pass rush than he did looking down field.  It's hard to accomplish much as a QB with as little pass protection as AR had, yet the guy still looked a little amazing.

Helping Driver surpass Sterling Sharpe's all time Packer catch record, Rodgers threw for 2 TDs and over 350 yards. In passing yards he beat Favre by over 100 yards...for a loss.

The offensive line is the obvious weak point in an otherwise playoff worthy team. The new 3-4 defense everyone was worried about held the magnificent Adrian Peterson to 55 yards total rushing for a mind boggling 2.2 yards per carry.

Favre carried the Vikings tonight but with a couple extra seconds in the pocket Rodgers proved he was more than capable of the same type of fireworks.

No excuses. The Packers may make the playoffs this year, but they won't go far thanks mostly to the offensive line.

Against the Vikings the Packers brought their "A" game against a top flight team and lost, no excuses. The Packers played as well as they could with the worst O-Line in the game. The Packers give up more sacks per game than any team in the NFL and if our young stud quarterback makes it through the season without riding the pine a little I'll be amazed. 

The Packers look like a high octane sports car with one cylinder misfiring, and as long as that cylinder isn't in tune, we can expect our golden boy to keep taking consistent shots.