When Aaron Rodgers is on the field, Packers safety Morgan Burnett is sitting down. Usually.
“Most of the time when I watch the offense, I look at the Jumbotron, so I was sitting down watching the Jumbotron,” Burnett said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show, recalling Rodgers’ brilliant touchdown throw to Davante Adams against Jacksonville this past Sunday. “And once I seen (Jalen) Ramsey grab Aaron’s jersey, I was thinking Aaron is about to throw the ball away. I just see him chuck it downfield, so I look – i stand up and look – just to see where he was throwing the ball, and I see Davante (catch it).”
Adams made the catch – a 29-yard touchdown snare – with corner Davon House draped all over him. That play gave Green Bay a 21-17 lead just before halftime – a game the Packers would go on to win, 27-23.
“That’s just Aaron being Aaron making amazing plays, and that was also a great catch by Davante,” Burnett said. “That’s a moment where you sit back and go, ‘Man, I’m glad those guys are on my team.’”
The Packers (1-0) will go for 2-0 in their divisional game of the season this Sunday, a prime-time matchup with the Vikings (1-0) in Minnesota. The Vikings, who beat Tennessee 25-16 in Week 1 despite not scoring an offensive touchdown, could play both Shaun Hill and Sam Bradford at quarterback this weekend.
“You just have to prepare for both,” Burnett said. “Those are two veteran quarterbacks. They’re good quarterbacks, in my opinion, so you have to prepare for both. It’s going to be a division game, so you know the sense of urgency is going to pick up. The energy is going to be very high. You’re going into a hostile environment, playing on prime-time TV, so it should be a lot of fun.”
While Minnesota was able to shut down the Titans’ aerial attack, Rodgers poses a slightly bigger threat than Marcus Mariota, especially with Jordy Nelson back and fully healthy. Nelson had six catches for 32 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville.
“That’s big for us because Jordy is not only just a leader on our offense; he’s a leader on our team,” Burnett said. “You never want to see no one on your team go down with any type of injury, especially not one of your leaders, and just seeing Jordy back, that brings confidence to your team. You know with his leadership that’s going to help our team out on the field and off the field.”
Kickoff on Sunday is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET.