With an 82.8 passer rating in the Green Bay Packers’ 24-10 win over St. Louis last week, it’s not as if Aaron Rodgers played a bad game.
He just didn’t play well by the incredibly high standards he’s set during a record-setting career.
Nonetheless, when Rodgers plays an un-Rodgers-like game, he typically returns to form the following week.
When Rodgers had two-interception games in losses to New Orleans and Buffalo last season, he bounced back by throwing for 315 yards with six touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 145.8 in a 55-14 win over Chicago and 318 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 108.1 rating in a 20-3 victory at Tampa Bay. Rodgers hasn’t had consecutive games with passer ratings of less than 90 since facing Chicago and Seattle in Week 2 and 3 of the 2012 season.
So, after leading the offense to merely 17 points and seeing a few interception-free streaks come to an end against St. Louis, Rodgers was more than happy to get back to work on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s game against San Diego.
“There’s going to be games like that every year — hopefully not that many,” Rodgers said. “You’re just try and keep on doing the same stuff, not get too high or low every week, realize your preparation’s gotten you to this point, the routine has worked for years, stick to it. Yeah, that’s the toughest part – it’s a week between games, you just can’t wait to get out there.”
Before the first of his interceptions last week, Rodgers had NFL records of 492 passes (586 including playoffs) and 44 touchdown passes (49 including playoffs) since his last home interception. Plus, he had 32 touchdown passes and no interceptions during the first half of games dating to the start of last season.
Rodgers saw no silver lining in those streaks being snapped.
“When you get on a groove like that, it’s exciting and fun and you keep things going with your efficiency and taking care of the football,” Rodgers said. “So, no, I don’t think there’s any relief. Maybe the only relief is not being asked about it every week. But I hope to be asked at some point again to have a similar streak. You know how I like to take care of the football and be efficient for my team. So, it’s frustrating turning the ball over. Just got to start a good streak.”
After the game on Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy sensed frustration from some members of the offense after back-to-back games of 17 points. That production stands in stark contrast to Green Bay’s league-leading output last season.
“I think he’s a lot like some of the guys on offense,” McCarthy said. “You’re happy you win. It’s important to make sure we all understand that. I felt some of that in the locker room after the game. You win a game by 14 points in this league, that’s a decisive victory. But then you break it down in all three phases and so forth. Monday was a little rough in that room. It was healthy, though. Had a chance to talk to him at length yesterday. He’s looking forward to adjusting and being creative, as we like to think we are on offense, and get ready for these guys.”
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