Aaron Rodgers: Big Game Will Be Par for Course This Season for Packers QB

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Donald Driver #80 and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers greet each other on the field prior to the start of a game against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
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In the first few weeks of the season, the Packers had been humming along. They were sitting at 3-0, and they looked every bit as good as when they walked off the field as Super Bowl champs at the end of last season.

And yet, you couldn't help but feel that they weren't quite clicking yet. They were winning games pretty handily, and their stats looked decent, but they had yet to put together a full four quarters at their best.

Now they have. In Week 4 against the Denver Broncos, the Packers put it all together. They dismantled the Broncos by the score of 49-23. It's not as if they just had one hot quarter, either. They scored at least seven points in each quarter, and they scored 14 in each of the first three.

More specifically, Aaron Rodgers had it going.

He completed 29-of-38 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns. He completed passes to eight different receivers, and seven of those receivers had multiple catches.

The Packers may very well need Rodgers to have more games like this to get back to where they want to go.

Their running game has been beaten up and inconsistent so far this season. Ryan Grant, coming off an injury that cost him all but one game last season, was expected to take back his starting role. That hasn't happened. He was ineffective in his early-season reps, and now he is out with a bruised kidney.

James Starks has filled in admirably, but you can't be sure exactly what he will bring to the table long-term since he has never been asked to be an every down back.

The defense also hasn't been anything to write home about. They've allowed some points this season to some bad offenses, including 23 this week against a relatively weak Broncos' offense.

Rodgers will clearly have to put the team on his back to get this team back to the Super Bowl. I certainly wouldn't want to get caught betting against him, however.