Aaron Rodgers’ Ridiculous Davante Adams Statistic Bodes Well for Packers’ Chances Against Undefeated Cardinals

The Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals will suit up for a massive Thursday Night Football in what should be the early candidate for game of the year. Aaron Rodgers against Kyler Murray is the talk of the NFL for the time being.

Unfortunately, the Packers will be without some key members due to COVID-19 issues. The list includes defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a pair of wide receivers — Davante Adams and Allen Lazard.

The loss of Adams will be a massive blow for Rodgers and company to overcome, but #12 will somehow find a way to make up for the absence of his top pass-catcher.

The pressure will be Rodgers even more to get the job done and push Green Bay to 7-1 on the season.

All eyes on the Packers’ depleted receiving corps

With both Lazard and Adams likely out, it will mean more work for Rodgers’ old friend Randall Cobb. The longtime Packers wideout returned to Wisconsin this offseason at Rodgers’ request and benefited a ton from the reunion.

There is still an outside shot that Adams suits up, but the chances are very slim. The expectation is that the reigning NFL receiving leader will miss the crucial showdown. In turn, Rodgers stressed the importance of others stepping up (h/t Chase Goodbread of NFL.com).

“Others guys just got to step up.”

Aaron Rodgers on absence of Davante Adams and Allen Lazard

This means more pressure for Rodgers. The good news is that Aaron Jones is still out there, and the Rodgers-Cobb connection has been underrated on the season. Robert Tonyan should see more targets, and perhaps Equanimeous St. Brown or Marquez Valdes-Scantling — who is still pending activation from the IR.

AJ Dillon could also be a beneficiary of the depleted receiving corps for Green Bay. Regardless, as long as Rodgers is out there, the Packers have a pretty good shot.

One Aaron Rodgers factoid could benefit the Packers on Thursday

The reigning NFL MVP is once again having a stellar season after a jam-packed offseason full of trade buzz and even retirement rumors.

Not having Adams in uniform against the undefeated Cardinals is a massive blow and makes things more difficult for Green Bay and its offense.

However, Rodgers has surprisingly fared well against opponents with Adams out, and they have yet to lose a game. Yes, really.

That doesn’t even make sense, but there it is.

Rodgers has not lost a game since 2019 with Adams out of the lineup and will look to continue that streak on Thursday night.

Early candidate for game of the year

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in October.
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers | John Fisher/Getty Images

Of course, a lot can happen on Thursday night in Arizona. But after weeks and weeks of mediocre — at best — primetime matchups, this one has the makings for a terrific battle.

The reigning MVP against the MVP favorite. Kliff Kingsbury against Matt LaFleur in a battle of young up-and-coming head coaches and the two of the best teams in the NFL in what could be an NFC Championship preview.

It is a shame that Adams will likely miss the game as everybody will be deprived of a DeAndre Hopkins-Adams showdown. Nonetheless, there is a ton to like about this matchup, even more after the wild Rodgers statistic with the absence of his favorite pass-catcher.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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