Starter Pack: Impossible to defend?

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

By itself, Aaron Rodgers’ 480-yard passing day in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins was a remarkable performance that tied the Packers’ single-game record for passing yards.

But combined with what has gone on around the NFL in the first two weeks of the season, perhaps it wasn’t such an anomaly.

ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, with the help of our NFL Nation team of reporters, looked at the widespread increase in the passing game during the first two weeks of the regular season and got reaction from players around the league who were asked: “Is this the simple result of scheme development over time? Or has the NFL effectively made the pass impossible to defend?”

Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett weighed in with his thoughts, which echoed what many other defensive players were saying around the league.

“I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, but it’s tougher, definitely tougher,” Pickett told me on Wednesday. “It’s the way the league is now. We play in an offensive league, so they’re going to protect offensive players. I don’t really care for it. But that’s how it is.”