Riled up QB Rodgers armed and dangerous

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had three more TD tosses yesterday against the Rams. He had six a week ago...

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had three more TD tosses yesterday against the Rams. He had six a week ago in Houston. (Getty/AFP)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

Beware of defending MVPs with a chip on their shoulder.

Just ask the St. Louis Rams, who can confirm that a perturbed Aaron Rodgers is not a lot of fun to play against.

When the Packers were 2-3 heading into last week's game against Houston, Rodgers publicly lashed out at all those inquisitors who kept asking him: “What’s wrong with Green Bay?”

“Nothing,” Rodgers barked at the time.

After talking the talk, he then went out and walked the walk, tossing six touchdown passes in a beatdown of the Texans.

Seven days later, Rodgers still seemed to be holding the same grudge against the remaining critics.

Upon spotting a TV camera recording his entrance into the Edward Jones Dome, Rodgers thrust his equipment bag in front of his face so viewers at home could not see him.

In the end, the Rams saw far too much of him in the ensuing 30-20 Packers victory on Sunday afternoon. Rodgers was 30 for 37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns, two to Randall Cobb and one to Jordy Nelson.

The Packers are now 4-3 while the Rams fell to 3-4.

GO FIGURE NEWTON

Cam Newton stood at the podium with a lost look in his eyes on Sunday and told reporters how things have to “change.”

Something already has, Cam.

You no longer are perceived as the league’s Superman, That tag seems to have been bestowed on Washington Redskin super-rookie Robert Griffin III.

Just a year after Newton wowed the league en route to rookie of the year honours, the guy who addressed the media after his Panthers’ 19-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys looked like a beaten man.

With his team now 1-5, Newton talked about the “vibe” not being right. Maybe he should look in the mirror, because the sulking and moaning he was doing in front of all the notepads and cameras certainly isn’t the “vibe” your starting quarterback should be giving off to teammates and fans.

Prior to the game, ESPN.com reported that Newton spent the bye week visiting a haunted house, go-kart racing, watching movies, playing video games and doing plenty of “self-evaluation.”

Then, after his sputtering offence had eight three-and-outs against the Cowboys, an exasperated Newton said he would bring in a suggestion box because he’s out of answers.

Here’s a suggestion, Cam: Start showing some leadership and class in the face of adversity instead of whining so much.

COWBOYS' JONES A REAL BEAUTY

Moneybags owner Jerry Jones described the 19-14 victory by his Dallas Cowboys over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday as “beautiful.”

Obviously, in Jerry’s World, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

To anyone other than the Cowboys and their fans, this was no work of art. Dallas scored just one touchdown against a Panthers team that came in ranked 21st in scoring defence and needed four Dan Bailey field goals to escape Charlotte with a 3-3 record.

Then again, you can understand where Jones is coming from.

After watching his team butcher its time management in the final minute of last week’s loss in Baltimore, all Jones cares about is getting the win against the 1-5 Panthers.

“Candidly, the win, to get out on the upper end of that score, was beautiful to me,” Jones told reporters afterward.

“If you look at where everybody else is around the league, we’re not digging out of anything. We’ve got a chance to improve and build on where we are. We’ve got a big-time game coming up here against the Giants. We know what that game means.”

Indeed, next Sunday’s home game against the defending champion Giants, 5-2, will prove to be a real litmus test for Dallas, who beat New York on the road in Week 1.

“We do a good job against the Giants and come out of there with the win, what is everybody going to be saying?,” Jones said “It’s amazing what eight days could do.”

 


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