In a story praising Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for condemning anti-Islamic sentiments expressed by a fan during a moment of silence before the Packers-Lions game Sunday, the website Michigan Live couldn't subdue its Lions loyalty. After describing Rodgers' principled stand and what he expressed as his "disappointment in the fan," the article then reported that "Rodgers was mostly shut down by the Lions in the game. He completed 35-of-61 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns."
The Packers didn't score the way they usually do, and they lost the game 18-16. But "mostly shut down" is a crazy description of a man who completed 35 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Only five quarterbacks threw for more yards in Week 10. Only five QBs threw for more touchdowns. No quarterback in the NFL completed more passes in Week 10 than Aaron Rodgers -- albeit no QB attempted more either. True he was sacked three times and his passer rating was 20th among quarterbacks for the week. With no interceptions and 333 yards in the air though, it's hard to say Rodgers was "shut down." It's a good win for the 2-7 Lions, who haven't had much bright news so far this season, so you can hardly fault a little cheering.
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