After last week’s feel-good overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers came crashing back to Earth this week.
Taking on Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans for Thursday Night Football, the Packers lost by a score of 27-17 in their own backyard, subsequently dropping their record on the season to 4-7. To add insult to injury, the Lambeau faithful also booed Rodgers off the field at one point.
The most startling part of the Packers’ struggles this season has been two-time defending MVP Aaron Rodgers, who — without former #1 target Davante Adams — has struggled more than he has since the early days of his career. So far through 11 games this season, Rodgers has completed 64% of his passes for 2,542 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. To put those seven interceptions through 11 games into proper perspective, through the 2020 and 2021 seasons — in which Rodgers was named league MVP — he threw 9 interceptions across 32 games.
This stat, though, perhaps best epitomizes Rodgers’ dip in form as the sample size is basically that of an entire season: the future Hall of Fame signal-caller has had 16 consecutive games with less than 300 passing yards.
Rodgers’ last 300-yard game was in Week 13 of the 2021 season against the Bears. After that he came up short of 300 yards in the final four games of the regular season, in the Packers’ playoff loss to the 49ers, and then in all 11 games this season. This is the longest streak of consecutive games without 300 yards in Rodgers’ career. [via ProFootballTalk]
Granted, while this can also be seen as an indictment of the weapons that the Packers have provided him with, the fact is that even third-stringers like the Jets’ Mike White can occasionally stumble into a 300-yard game.
To close out the 2022 season, the Packers will face off against the Eagles, Bears, Rams, Dolphins, Vikings, and Lions. Currently, they trail the 49ers, Commanders, Falcons, and Cardinals for the 7th and final seed in the NFC Playoffs.