Quick decisions, shorter routes helping Rodgers

After eight games, Aaron Rodgers ranked third in the NFL in yards per attempt (8.67) behind New Orleans' Drew Brees (8.82) and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (8.76). The next closest to Rodgers was Dallas' Tony Romo (8.39).

After 16 games, Rodgers ranks fourth (8.2), just ahead of Houston's Matt Schaub (8.18) and Romo (8.15). The second half of the season his yards per attempt was 7.75, down almost a yard from midseason.

Rodgers's completion percentage, meanwhile, improved from 63.1% over the first eight games to 66.2% the last eight. His touchdown-to-interception totals went from 16-5 to 14-2.

Clearly, he's doing a better job of dumping the ball off and checking out of bad running plays at the line of scrimmage to quick completions to his receivers.

"I think it's that and having Jermichael Finley out there," Rodgers said of his pass-catching tight end. "When he's out there, it's more of a spread set. The emphasis is on quick decision-making and shorter routes.

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