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Why Didn’t Aaron Rodgers Throw The Football In Richard Sherman’s Direction At All Last Night?

Submitted by on September 5, 2014 – 10:40 amNo Comment

The 2014-15 NFL season kicked off last night when the Green Bay Packers traveled to the state of Washington to take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL’s annual Kickoff Game. But unfortunately, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is going to have to wait until next week to start his season. Because while he was on the field for the entire game—playing both defense and, at times, special teams—Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw the football in his direction once. Not one single time! He had wide receiver Jarrett Boykin lined up against Sherman, but he didn’t try to take any chances down the field and only worked the left side of the field.

And we have to ask: Why? On the one hand, we get it. Sherman is one of the best cornerbacks in the entire NFL, if not the best cornerback in the entire NFL. So it’s not exactly a surprise to see Rodgers looking away from him. But Rodgers seems like one of the biggest competitors in the league and doesn’t look like a guy who would back down from a challenge. So it seems crazy that he wouldn’t throw at least one ball to Sherman’s side of the field. If nothing else, it would have forced the Seahawks to stop loading up the left side and given the Packers a more balanced approach to the game. But instead, Rodgers stuck to throwing to Jordy Nelson on the left side and didn’t take many shots down the field. And ultimately, it led to the Packers only putting up 16 points and losing the game 36-16.

We hope this doesn’t become a trend. Because while Sherman has proven that he can shut down opposing wide receivers, he’s also not immune to getting beat down the field. So we hope that other NFL quarterbacks are willing to try and challenge him. Otherwise, it’s going to be a very long, boring season for him—and teams are going to have trouble beating the Seahawks.

What do you think? Did Rodgers make a good decision by staying away from Sherman, or do you wish he had challenged him more throughout the course of the first NFL game of the season?

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