GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The "YAC" attack is thriving once more in Green Bay.
Passing yardage statistics can be deceiving. Those gains through the air aren't always about the throw and the catch — it's the yards gained after the catch that can result in big plays.
Aaron Rodgers may have set a career high with 480 yards passing in the 38-20 victory Sunday over the Redskins, but targets James Jones, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley gained a lot of those yards with what they did following the catch.
The Packers had 295 "yards after catch" against the Redskins, their most in any game since 1992 and the second most by any team in that period, according to STATS, LLC. Only the Houston Oilers had more, 348 on Nov. 15, 1992 against Minnesota.
"Just guys being athletic I guess, nothing much," Nelson said Monday when asked why the receivers excelled in getting yards after the catch.
Some guys will try to stiff arm a cornerback to break free. The speedy Cobb can make people miss in space. And 6-foot-5 tight end Finley might drop his shoulder to bowl over a defender.
"I mean, there's not a recipe for it. It's just catching the ball and then making the first guy miss one way or another," Nelson said.
Sounds simple enough. Every receiver wants to gain as many yards as possible.
But in Green Bay, it's long been a key to the offense.
"I mean, the emphasis has always been there, but we're just trying to coach it better and the players are doing a better job at it," coach Mike McCarthy said. "The timing of the throw and the routes are more in sync. It creates another half yard of separation as opposed to when you're not as in sync. So all those things factor."
As always, Rodgers gets things started with his knack of getting the ball to his receivers at just the right time. He finished 34 for 42 with no interceptions on Sunday.
According to the Packers, Rodgers became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 480 yards and four touchdowns without throwing a pick. The Giants' Y.A. Tittle also accomplished the feat in 1952 against ... the Redskins.
Rodgers was quick Sunday to give credit to his receiving corps.