Rodgers: Nice to get 'trolls off our backs' with win over Lions

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Instead of telling the football community to relax following his team's disappointing season opener, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed more drive in a 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

"I think we maybe tried to show that we cared a little bit more tonight," Rodgers said postgame.

"I just think people like to say a lot of bullshit, and it's nice to come back in here after a game like that."

Rodgers and the Packers faced heavy criticism after getting crushed 38-3 by the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. Following the game, questions arose about whether the quarterback and franchise got over their offseason quarrel and if Rodgers already had one foot out the door.

The 2020 NFL MVP stayed away from the team during mandatory OTAs but returned ahead of training camp after agreeing to a reworked deal that could hasten his exit from Green Bay following this season.

Last week, the 17-year pro cautioned outside observers not to "freak out" after the rough Week 1 loss and was more than happy to prove why Monday.

"Even more now than when I started playing, there's so many overreactions that happen on a week-to-week basis, so it's nice to come out, have a good performance, and get the trolls off our backs for at least a week," Rodgers said.

Rodgers threw for just 133 yards and two interceptions against the Saints in the opener. However, he returned to form versus the Lions, completing 22 of 27 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns.

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