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Aaron Rodgers Era Begins The Way You Thought It Might

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Aaron Rodgers was welcomed with all the warmth and patience that one might expect from the down-to-earth, dairy-loving folks of Wisconsin on Monday; he was booed back to the Stone Age. The new guy threw an end zone interception during a two-minute drill to go along with a dozen or so incompletions, drawing displeasure from the 56,600 who braved an hour's rain delay to watch the Family Night scrimmage ay Lambeau Field. Booed at Family Night; that's harsh. I can't imagine a ruder home reception, unless you're Steely McBeam. Meanwhile, the Packers had to cancel a press conference to introduce Favre back to the team, because he was still meeting with coach Mike McCarthy, with no indication that anything was decided. Well, this season has certainly gotten off to a smooth start.

Playing with the No. 1 offense, Rodgers completed just seven of 20 passes for 84 yards and ended his only crack at the two-minute drill by throwing an interception in the end zone on a ball that badly missed receiver Greg Jennings. A handful of plays before safety Aaron Rouse picked off Rodgers, some in the crowd began to boo. “They’re booing all of us, probably me mostly,” Rodgers said. “So, yeah, I take it personally. But it’s not the first time, and it probably won’t be the last time.”

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Except that it indeed might. Added to the fact that Favre may be "competing" with Rodgers for the starting spot beginning today, we have this:

Though Rodgers’ stats were hurt by several dropped passes, at one point he suffered through a stretch with nine straight incompletions. Six of those came against the second-string defense. What’s more, Rodgers never faced the Packers’ top cornerbacks because Al Harris and Charles Woodson were held out of the scrimmage.

By next week, Rodgers may not even be booworthy. But at least Packers' fans are keeping sight of what's really important; like offering up their toddlers as targets for the Lambeau Leap. Incomplete Reception [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel] Rodgers: 'It's Going To Be A Dogfight' [Green Bay Press-Gazette]