The Green Bay Packers have been a huge disappointment this season, and that’s great. Aaron Rodgers’ numbers aren’t horrendous, but his effectiveness has fallen dramatically from his two previous campaigns, where he won consecutive MVP awards. This year, compared to those performances, he looks accomplished.
All you need to do is look at the Packers’ Week 9 game against the Detroit Lions, a team that Rodgers has dominated (like the rest of the league) during his career. Going into this week, Rodgers has thrown four interceptions in eight games. The Lions tied A-Rod to three INTs in the first three quarters of the game and led 8-6 going into the fourth.
Before Sunday’s game, Rodgers had thrown 52 career TDs just eight times against Detroit. Now, Rodgers is struggling to complete the passes he used to make with his eyes closed. The Lions don’t suddenly have a tough defense that makes it difficult to move the ball down the pitch. The Green Bay offense wouldn’t have happened without Davante Adams on the outside catching the passes.
Rodgers hasn’t developed much chemistry with his young receivers and still doesn’t seem to be taking accountability on the field for the whole team’s struggles. He still pointed and blamed others when it was he who fell. Many of Rodgers’ passes this year were either late, off target, or just bad decisions. That throw he used to make looked so simple, as he turned and threw with his back foot, no longer hit the target consistently.
Going into Week 9, Rodgers was averaging just 225 yards per game, his lowest since he became a full-time starter for Green Bay in 2008. If you think this argument is alarming, look at that argument. Rodgers’ performance against the Lions, where he and the Packers offense scored nine points against worst defense in the NFL. The lions defeated rival NFC North with a score of 15-9. Rodgers completed 53% of his passes against Detroit, which is his lowest percentage of the season.
We can continue to blame Green Bay’s inexperienced line players or young head coach Matt LaFleur, but at some point the finger needs to be pointed back at the guy who’s pointing out of the box. he. Rodgers is clearly not the same quarterback he was last year, and part of that is Adams’ absence, but a big part of it stems from Rodgers getting over the hill. It’s time to face the truth. Rodgers and the Packers’ championship window closed, and they wasted it by leaning on his arm and not Building properly around him.
Because NFC is so wide open this year, there’s still an outside push that the Packers can climb into the playoffs but don’t expect them to win any games post-season. If Green Bay has any chance of doing that, they’ll need to get this offense back on track quickly. The Packers dropped to 3-6 after losing to the Lions. Green Bay may not win another three games if they continue to organize this kind of outing.