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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers' first and only appearance on Monday Night Football this season coincides with quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 100th NFL start.
But don't expect him to spend much time pondering it in advance of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.
"I just turned 31 [on Tuesday]; I'm getting kind of old in this league here," Rodgers said. "A hundred starts, that's kind of all it means. I'm not too excited either way about it. Hopefully get another hundred."
Maybe it shouldn't be the feat itself that's celebrated but rather the player Rodgers has become along the way.
Coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Tom Clements have made reference to it at various points this season, that Rodgers is in complete control of the offense in his seventh season as the starter. That's where Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who was a rookie when Rodgers took over as the starter in 2008, sees the biggest difference in his quarterback today.
"What he does every play for us now from an offensive standing point -- [we] used to huddle every play to now we're no-huddle every play, and he's got full control over anything and everything he wants to check to, developing with his receivers, as a leader over the years stepping into that role -- he's the best player in the game," Nelson said. "I don't know if you could say that seven years ago, but there's no doubt about it now."
When asked what has impressed him the most about Rodgers, Nelson mentioned the very thing that Rodgers is perhaps most proud of -- his touchdown-to-interception ratio (219 to 54 as a starter).
"The way he takes care of the ball compared to any quarterback in the league, in the history of the league, he values the ball," Nelson said. "And he'll do whatever he has to do in order to keep us with the ball. He tells us every game, 'If we don’t turn it over, we're going to win the game.' And that’s usually the case, so the way he takes care of it and the way he can make plays with his feet, it's amazing."
In case you missed it from ESPN.com:
Falcons coach Mike Smith heaped all kinds of praise on Rodgers in advance of Monday's game.
We discussed Rodgers' 100th start in this video.
Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure and I discussed some of the key aspects of Monday night games in our weekly preview.
Best of the rest:
At PackerReport.com, Bill Huber wrote that the Falcons probably aren't as bad as they seem, given how they've played in the past four games.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote that A.J. Hawk's days as an every-down player should come to an end.
In the Wisconsin State Journal, Tom Oates wrote that this Packers' team doesn't seem likely to have a letdown after Sunday's win over the Patriots.