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Fave Five: Top Aaron Rodgers throws from Week 9

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers put together a dominant bounce-back win in Week 9, and we’re taking a look at the best throws from the MVP candidate in the victory.

The San Francisco 49ers, while not the boogeyman they were last year, were an important road block for the Packers this past Thursday. After all, when a team embarrassed you twice last season there’s an extra level of importance the next time you face off.

Aaron Rodgers knew what this game meant, and he put on a phenomenal show once again to lead Green Bay to its sixth win. The MVP candidate, arguably the front runner for the award, was throwing deep bombs and laser beams all over the field in Santa Clara, California in the mid-week matchup, every one of which brought a welcomed combination of excitement and relief.

It was hard to narrow down a top five list for the best Rodgers throws this week, especially since we had to cut out the extremely enjoyable wide-open touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis. Feel free to let us know if your favorite missed the list with a tweet to Game On Wisconsin or to yours truly.

1Q: Davante Adams, 36 yards, TD

It would be irresponsible to start with any play other than the most ridiculous catch and throw of the day.

Adams obviously deserves all the credit he gets for this catch, because it’s spectacular. He adjusts with all the right movements and the exact timing necessary, and he controls his body well enough on the way down to maintain possession and to just narrowly stay in bounds. But the throw is worth frothing at the mouth over as well.

The precision is spectacular, going back shoulder with a 36-yard strike for a ball only Adams has a chance at making a play on. What makes the placement and throw power that much more impressive is that it was generated without a step in or lean in to the pass, with Rodgers leaning back when he lets it fly. Hard to ask for a better to start to a game than this sick hookup for six.

2Q: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 52 yards, TD

We will see plenty of a certain No. 1 receiver later in this week’s Fave Five, but next up we have the deepest throw of the day, a 52-yard bomb to MVS.

Valdes-Scantling is undeniably one of the most frustrating players on the Packers roster. He’s got game-breaking speed and and big-play ability, but his semi-constant drops can be aggravating. Rodgers clearly has faith in the third-year receiver, though, and unleashed this monster long ball for a touchdown on Thursday night. Once MVS gets by Marcell Harris (36) it’s all over as long as the ball is delivered accurately, and Rodgers gets off a beautiful rainbow to complete the play. In his 13th year as a starter Rodgers still has one of the best-looking deep balls in the business.

4Q: Davante Adams, 34 yards

We now return to the WR1 portion of the program, and on this play early in the fourth quarter QB1 dropped another perfect dime to him along the sideline.

This is one of the plays we’ve heard about so much from Adams when Rodgers just knows his favorite target will be open. Adams beats Jamar Taylor (47) from the jump and Rodgers identifies it right away. The throw is put up with perfect touch, and the delivery is gorgeous, too. There’s no wasted movement, picture-perfect upper-body torque and a sweet flick of the wrist. All together, it’s a perfect throw.

3Q: Davante Adams, 49 yards

This was the longest catch of the day for Adams thanks to plenty of YAC (although not as much as he hoped for), but a simple move by Rodgers opened up the big play. To give you the full context for this one, let’s go to the all-22.

Once again, overall, everything goes right here between quarterback and receiver. Rodgers buys a little extra space with the pump fake,  getting Harris to bite underneath just enough to get him off kilter and behind the play in pursuit of Adams. No. 17, meanwhile, toasts Jason Verrett (22) and gets open down the field. Mix it all together and you have a wide receiver deep beyond the men in coverage and a quarterback with a rocket arm and plenty of time to set up the throw. That’s a death sentence for a defense.

2Q: Davante Adams, 4 yards

It was only a four-yard play, but this throw and catch was maybe the strangest of the day.

The play call here, on fourth and less than a yard, is curious to say the least. Rodgers has to make a ridiculous throw, sliding to his non-dominant side and throwing in the same direction with an unorthodox base. The timing and placement required to make this pass work also leaves no margin for error, but Rodgers does what he’s done all year and executes it perfectly, getting the ball out in front of Adams right as he turns his head. Adams, meanwhile, makes the snag while being blatantly interfered with. This play was weird and didn’t go for much yardage, but it was pleasurable to watch in its own way.

It’s a whole lot more fun to relive highlights when they come in a victory. And when Aaron Rodgers is feeling himself like he was in Week 9, that’s usually the end result.

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