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Aaron Rodgers will make Chiefs pay if they jump offsides

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A little talked about part of the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers game on Monday is Aaron Rodgers.

No, wait. Everyone is talking about Aaron Rodgers.

Let's go a little deeper. I have heard several analysts in recent days talk about Rodgers drawing the defense offsides and then making them pay by going deep on the "free play". I wanted to know how often that actually happened and how Rodgers did in those scenarios so I went to Pro Football Focus.

The folks at Pro Football Focus actually do track the numbers after a defensive offsides penalty - what don't they track? -and those numbers show Rodgers will try to make the Chiefs pay.

Since 2010, Rodgers has attempted 27 passes after a defensive offsides penalty. He has completed 11 of those while two of them were defensive pass interference penalties. So, effectively, he has completed 13 of 27 passes in those situations.

Once you add in the defensive pass interference and count those as completions, you get 13-of-27 passing for 383 yards, four touchdowns and a 133.9 passer rating. (There were three picks there too but those don't count since the play came back.)

A 50 percent completion rate is not great when you compare it to all passes thrown but 20 of his 27 attempts in these situations were more than 20 yards downfield. That tells us that when he gets a "free play" he goes for the jugular.

This is a critical stat for the Chiefs because central to their defensive game plan is getting pressure on the quarterback. I can tell you that Rodgers is going to be trying to draw the defense offsides plenty to slow them down a step. The Chiefs can't bite.

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