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Rodgers numbers for Packer are other-wordly

The Sports Xchange

Forget about marching on Atlanta this weekend.

It's more like the Packers will be storming into their Sunday night road game against the Falcons, a rematch of an NFC divisional playoff game 81/2 months ago at the Georgia Dome.

Aaron Rodgers' sensational 31-of-36 throwing performance for 366 yards and three touchdowns in that 48-21 wipeout of the top-seeded Falcons was merely a prelude to the quarterback's scorching start this season.

"Aaron is at the top of his game, and he's at the top of the league as far as quarterbacks are concerned," veteran cornerback Charles Woodson said. "He can put that ball just about anywhere he wants to, and then he's got guys on the other end of it that are going to make the catch, going to make yards after the catch and get into the end zone."

Rodgers and his abundance of talented pass-catchers have made plenty of visits to the end zone in just four games this season. Sunday's 49-23 whipping of the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field, which kept Green Bay in step with NFC North rival Detroit as the only 4-0 teams in the league, was one for the record books.

A big interception return for a touchdown by Woodson early in the game was overshadowed by Rodgers' accounting for the rest of the points amassed by Green Bay. He became the first quarterback in league history to throw for 400 yards (his 408 are a career high in the regular season) and four touchdowns (tied a career high) and also have two rushing touchdowns (career high).

Rodgers can think of other performances the last three-plus seasons as a starter that he may rate better. His personal-best 423-yard effort with four touchdowns in a wild-card loss at Arizona in the 2009 season, the near-perfect outing against the Falcons, the MVP-earning 304 yards and three touchdowns in the Super Bowl XLV victory three weeks later come to mind.

Yet, teammates, several of whom were on the receiving end of his array of pinpoint darts Sunday, were left awestruck by what Rodgers did to the Broncos.

"He's a special player, and he raises all of our level of play," receiver Greg Jennings said. "If he continues to play at the caliber that he's playing ... the sky's the limit."

Thanks in a big way to Rodgers, who has passed for 1,325 yards and 12 touchdowns with an NFL-best passer rating of 124.6, the Packers have rolled up a team-record 148 points after four weeks.

"I just think we're in a good rhythm right now," Rodgers said. "I think the preparation has been good. We're kind of hitting all the marks right now."

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