Having book on Aaron Rodgers not the same as stopping him, Atlanta knows

From ESPN - September 17, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Ricardo Allen has a pretty good feel for Aaron Rodgers.

Allen, the Atlanta Falcons' free safety, recorded one of nine interceptions Rodgers threw in 2016 on 738 pass attempts, including the playoffs. And Allen was part of a Falcons team that went 2-0 against Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers last season, including a 44-21 triumph in the NFC Championship Game.

As the Falcons and Packers prepare to square off for the third time in less than a year, Allen knows the areas of caution regarding Rodgers: hard counts, quick snaps, active feet. But having a read on Rodgers does not mean you have the formula to stop him.

"He's a guy who makes very little mistakes," Allen said. "When you get a chance to capitalize, you have to. He's one of those people that if you miss out on that opportunity to turn the ball over, that thing might come back to bite your butt. It might end up being a touchdown later on."

Rodgers enters Sunday night's game fresh off throwing for 311 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' 17-9, season-opening victory over the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense. But Rodgers also was sacked four times. And he would have thrown a pick-six for just the second time in his career had a penalty not wiped away Nazair Jones' interception return for a score.

In dissecting film of Rodgers, Allen talked about what he sees in the two-time MVP.


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