Aaron Rodgers: “I definitely missed a few throws”
The Packers had a chance to win their second home game in less than a week, four days after upsetting the Cowboys. As good as Green Bay looked against Dallas on Sunday, they were the exact opposite on Thursday night.
Quarterback after play Aaron Rodgers Faced with a delicate question about the team’s disappointing performance – starting with his own.
“I definitely missed a few throws,” Rodgers told reporters. “I must have missed a pair of throws.”
Indeed he did. This became most evident in the fourth quarter, as the Packers tried to make up for a 10-point deficit. In one drive, followed by a Rasul Douglas Titans quarterback interceptions Ryan Tannehill With the score tied at 27-17, Rodgers badly missed a wide-open layup Sammy Watkins On the third and 12th. On the next drive, Rodgers sailed a throw over an outstretched arm Allen Lazard On third and three.
Both results drew sporadic cheers from the crowd at Lambeau Field. Rodgers was asked how it felt to hear that reaction from Packers fans.
“Interesting,” he said after a long pause. “That’s the best I can give you.”
It’s hard to know if Rodgers is truly up to his best on the field, given a thumb injury that factored into their loss to the Giants in London. He said he won’t make excuses based on lingering issues, but added that he “didn’t have a consistent grip” against the Titans, and he “threw a lot of jabs.”
At one point he was asked, “Where do you go from here?”
“Home,” he said.
The literal response carries a potentially unintended meaning. At 4-7, they teeter on the brink of going home, as it relates to their shrinking postseason hopes.
There were still glimmers of optimism from the two-time defending league MVP.
“If we play to our potential, we can win the next six games,” Rodgers said.
The problem is they haven’t been playing up to their potential for most of the year. He said it will take longer than he and the rest of the team’s captains to get the message through the locker room about the possibility of turning it around.
On Sunday they showed what they can do. But they have to do it consistently. They can run the ball against the Cowboys. They couldn’t execute it against the Titans.
This is the basic reality for every NFL team. The talent gap between franchises isn’t as big as it used to be. Both the teams are expected to play to their potential in every match. If one does, the other does not necessarily.
Seven of 11 times this year, the Packers haven’t. While it’s not impossible to think they can go six for six and make the playoffs, every additional loss at this point will close the door a little more.
At some point, they have to accept that this is not going to happen. Maybe that’s when Rodgers will go on injured reserve. jordan love The 2023 prep gets some reps, and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time sees his career end with a whimper, not a bang.
That possibility remains many games away. Led by Rodgers, they were able to catch fire, putting together a string of victories.
The next opportunity comes in 10 days, when they face the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday night football. Next, the Packers go to Chicago. Then comes the bye, followed by a Monday night game against the Rams, a Christmas Day trip to Miami and season-ending home games against the Vikings and Lions.
The seventeenth game kept a little more hope alive for each team. Before 2021, the Packers will likely already be 4-7. A loss to Philly in Week 12 would likely mean they have to go 5-0 and hope to help make the playoffs with a 9-8 record.
So, basically, the playoffs start next Sunday night for the Packers. If they lose to the Eagles, it might be time to start thinking about turning the page on 2023, meaning the book on the Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay could finally be closed.
Again, it’s not over. Not by a long shot. After one of these upcoming games, however, when Rodgers is asked where he goes from here and he says “home,” it may have a much greater sense of permanence.
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