Aaron Rodgers tried to throw a block at Zadarius Smith and it ended just as you probably thought.
It was a rough week for the Green Bay Packers, but a particularly tough one for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Things started off slow for the Packers, who didn’t put any points on the board until after halftime. Rodgers threw his first interception against the NFC North team since 2019, and was mistreated by a Vikings pass Rush all afternoon.
What it lacked in production under the Center it failed to make up for in other areas of its game.
On the Packers’ first touchdown drive of the day, Rodgers tried to throw a block at Za’Darius Smith, but it didn’t go the way he might have expected.
Thankfully, Rodgers took it swiftly and seemed to respect Smith rather than back down when he was flown on the block.
Despite seemingly no hard feelings, one has to admit that Block was particularly cathartic and satisfying to Smith. As noted during the broadcast, and highlighted by Smith this off-season, his exit from Green Bay was not very pleasant and left such a sour taste in his mouth that he used it as a means of revenge. Signed with the Vikings.
Smith detailed his treatment by the Packers last season with a disdain that left them seeking revenge:
“I was like, ‘Hey, why am I being treated like this,'” Smith said of how he was seen after missing time due to his back injury. “I brought up the culture. I helped change it—why f— am I being treated like that?’
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Not saying anything while walking behind me. ‘Jade, how’s your back doing?’ There was none of that. As you can see, this adds to why I’m on the other side. So, I can go back. I have to go back twice a year.”
Not only did they get their revenge on the block, but the Vikings completely wiped out the Packers for most of Week 1’s performance.