GREEN BAY – After a knee injury cost Greg Jennings the final three games of the regular season last year, it was painfully evident that the Green Bay Packers’ two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and quarterback Aaron Rodgers weren’t on the same page during the team’s NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the New York Giants.
Eleven months later, Rodgers spent eight games without Jennings because of the soon-to-be free-agent wide receiver’s lower abdominal injury, but the two played their fourth consecutive game Sunday, and the chemistry appeared to be coming back in the Packers’ 55-7 rout of the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field.
Although they failed to connect on what would have been a 37-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter – Rodgers led Jennings just a hair too much – the quarterback did target Jennings nine times (second-most on the team) and connect with him on seven completions (tied for the team high) for 45 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown.
“I think it does take a little bit,” Rodgers acknowledged after the game, while also admitting that he “overthrew” Jennings on the would-be touchdown, which “frustrated” him.
“He’s such a smooth route-runner and he understands the game, played a lot of football. We’ve played a lot of football together. He’s a big-time player. I said last week I need to be more conscious of just giving him opportunities. (I) felt like I was doing that a little more today. Just missed him on a couple that I probably should have hit him.”
Jennings now goes into the regular-season finale against Minnesota having caught 28 passes for 246 yards and two TDs on the year.
“I think it was a good game just for the team in general,” Jennings replied when asked if the game helped regain his chemistry with Rodgers. “We wanted to make a statement.”
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