Chicago Bears Analyst On Aaron Rodgers' Comeback: "The Horror Villain Returned"

Aaron Rodgers "is like the guy in the horror movie that you think is dead, but he’s not dead," Laurence Holmes said. "It's unbelievable."

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 30, 2018 - 7:30 am

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Aaron Rodgers authored perhaps the greatest comeback of his career Sunday night, leading the Packers back from a 20-point deficit on a gimpy knee. The Packers trailed 20-3 entering the fourth quarter, but Rodgers threw touchdown passes of 39, 12, and 75 yards, respectively, to Geronimo Allison, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb to lead Green Bay to a 24-23 win in its season-opener.

“The horror villain returned,” Chicago’s 670 The Score host Laurence Holmes said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “That’s what Aaron Rodgers is like. He’s like the guy in the horror movie that you think is dead, but he’s not dead. It’s unbelievable.”

The Packers trailed 17-0 at halftime but came alive once Rodgers returned to action.

“It’s amazing how the Packers’ offense started to click,” Holmes said. “In the first half, Khalil Mack and the Bears were doing a great job of containing Aaron Rodgers, getting after him, putting pressure on him – and that’s when he was able to move around. When he was a stationary quarterback in the second half, the Packers did a great job of getting the ball out quick and pretty much just stopping whatever pass rush the Bears had.”

Mack had an impressive Bears debut. In fact, he became the first player since 1982 with a sack, interception, touchdown, forced fumble, and fumble recovery in one half.

“Khalil Mack in the first half was all-world,” Holmes said. “It was almost too good to be true because this is exactly what we expected from Khalil Mack. This is exactly what Bears fans wanted to see: a guy that changes the game. You saw the effect that he can have. Because he’s getting pressure on one side, it opens things up for Leonard Floyd or it opens things up for Akiem Hicks in the middle – and the Bears were doing that.”

But then the Packers adjusted.

“I’m not really a big Mike McCarthy fan, but I thought that him and Joe Philbin did a great job of adjusting the game plan,” Holmes said. “Maybe they were forced to because Aaron Rodgers wasn’t able to move, but they did an incredible job of saying, ‘Okay, let’s take that away from the Bears by getting the ball out quick’ – and it worked for him. This guy is another level of quarterback. He absolutely gets it. He is able to just kind of will wins out of teams. That, to me, is incredible.”

Indeed, Rodgers saved the Packers’ season-opener, which was crucial given that they host Minnesota (1-0) in Week 2.

“You can imagine how this goes over in Chicago, but I think he’s the best quarterback I’ve ever seen,” Holmes said. “If my life was on the line, I would choose Tom Brady, but I don’t know how you can look at the regular-season numbers of Aaron Rodgers and not go, ‘Wow, that’s the best quarterback in the game.’”