The Green Bay Packers have lost three of their last four games. But their biggest loss may have come Thursday night against the Seahawks. After a big first half, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would fade away. Now they’re 4-5-1 and third place in the NFC North. They face the Minnesota Vikings on the road next Sunday. Needless to say, Rodgers isn’t happy.
“We’ve lost too many games like this – that’s the most frustrating thing,” Rodgers told reporters following the defeat. “We’ve had a chance in almost all our road games – especially against the Rams and the Patriots, and again tonight. We’re right there. But we just can’t get it done.”
So, what needs to change? Well, we don’t have an answer for that right now. Folks want head coach Mike McCarthy gone, but he’s not worrying about that. If they miss the playoffs for the second straight season, though, he might have to worry about that. In the meantime, the Packers need to do a better job of executing. Rodgers is right; they keep losing in similar fashion. Something needs to happen. Even if takes a question like ‘Is there still hope for this season?’
“What kind of question is that? Come on, man,” Rodgers said in response. “I don’t even know how to answer that. I mean, come on, what am I supposed to say? Of course there’s hope, of course we believe in each other.”
But he’s not the only one expressing frustrations. Other Packers believe they should’ve put the game away earlier.
“Most definitely, we should have (put them away),” Tramon Williams told reporters. “There’ve been too many games where we didn’t finish, where we couldn’t maintain momentum. We’ve just gotta get that win. … ‘ve got Aaron Rodgers. We (should) play to win – period. We don’t want to put it in anybody else’s hands. We’ve got the best quarterback in the league. We’ve got to put it in his hands and let him do what he does.”
This season, Rodgers only has one interception across 10 games. However, sometimes he holds onto the ball to avoid the interception and it’s to his detriment. He would take a sack on 3rd down multiple times Thursday night. Plus, he’s missing more throws than usual. He’s currently pacing the league in pass attempts (385), but is completing just 61.8 of his passes — down three ticks from a year ago. Still, he’s averaging 307.3 yards per game and has a 102.2 passer rating. And yet, he’s playing a bit worse than either of those numbers suggest.
He and the rest of the Packers will need to figure things out quickly. Otherwise, they’re going to miss the postseason for the second straight season.