Raiders coach Jon Gruden: 'Obviously, Khalil Mack didn't want to be here'

Elena Summers
September 11, 2018

"I felt like once I got back out there, when the adrenaline was going, it loosened up a little bit", Rodgers said.

After the game, Rodgers was asked about if he would play against their NFC North rivals.

Mack filled up the box score, totaling three tackles, one sack, one interception returned for a touchdown and one fumble recovery. But having to settle for field goals on three of four red-zone possessions ultimately cost them the opportunity to put the game away.

Derek Carr has largely been an afterthought for fantasy after struggling in 2017, but he was considered one of the best young quarterbacks in the game at this time a year ago. Mack did appear to look a bit worn out in the second half, but his lack of impact is more likely because of the Packers emphasis on releasing the ball quickly before the Bears could get any pressure on their injured quarterback.

Regardless, Zimmer remains one of the best characters in the NFL. A stance that Mack has backed up over and over again on the field. But those with sociopolitical agendas in mind would be hard-pressed to blame player protests for both drops, as "severe" weather caused significant delays last week and last night's SNF had stiff competition.

"Well, this is what we're paid to do", Rodgers said. I think as a team, we got to hone in on the things that we got to improve on this week. "DeShone and I are with him a lot in the [indoor practice field] making sure we know the game plan and we're comfortable with it".

Zimmer said he hadn't seen Rodgers' postgame declaration, cracking, "I don't have a TV, so I didn't watch it". It won't be those offensive linemen. "But they would've had him this season to help them make a Super Bowl run. I've just got to make the play". "He was under contract, Lisa".

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In a more analytical light, what better game could there be to open the regular season stock report? The pass was intended for receiver Davante Adams, who fell after colliding with nickel back Bryce Callahan. He joins Mark Rypien in that exclusive club. He was limited to seven games in 2017 because of a collarbone injury.

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