Sunday Night Football yesterday saw us treated an Aaron Rodgers vs Sam Bradford quarterback battle at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Going into the game, there were two narratives, that Bradford would almost certainly struggle in his debut and that the Rodgers vs the Vikings defense was going to be an epic.
Well, it didn't go that way with Bradford being the one who excelled and Rodgers struggling massively to do anything as the Green Bay Packers went down 17-14. This seems to be the continuation of a bad pattern for Rodgers under center.
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Despite beating the Jaguars in week one, the Packers still haven't looked amazing on offense. This doesn't seem to be a two-week thing either, with the poor form running back almost a year now.
Rodgers numbers from his last 15 games have simply been not good enough. Over those appearances, he has a below par 58.1% completion percentage, to go along with 230.1 passing yards per game and an 84.4 quarterback rating.
For some context, Blaine Gabbert - the 49ers much-maligned quarterback - has done just as well, if not better over that same period of time.
Nobody is going to ever call for Aaron Rodgers to lose his starting place, that is truly ridiculous, but this isn't a slump that Rodgers can tell everyone to "R-E-L-A-X" about again, no matter how much he tries to play it off.
“I don’t think this is anything to get super crazy about,” he said after the game. “Well, we’re not going to overreact. It’s been two weeks. We’ve been not quite finding our rhythm yet, but we’ve got some guys working in that haven’t worked together a whole lot."
The Packers, and Rodgers himself need to make some improvements and quickly if they are going to do anything this season.