On Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 the Green Bay Packers future hall of famer and multiple time NFL MVP quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, doesn’t know when it will start to click or begin coming together to be on the same page as him for the Green Bay Packers’ young and quite inexperienced wide receivers, but he knows and has publicly stated what he believes he has to do in the meantime.
“I’ve got to play the same way,” Rodgers recently explained to the sports media outlets on Wednesday, September 14th, 2022. “I don’t play the way I played in 2011, [but] I’ve got to play on time and guys gotta get open, so no, I’m not gonna change the way I play. I have to realize who’s out there, who we’re throwing to and how we’re gonna actually make some hay and score some points.”
NFL Week 1 Poor Performances from the Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers
Rodgers and his new and youthful crew of rookie wide receivers did not get off to the most efficient starts on the offensive side of the football in their Sunday afternoon’s 23 to 7 regular – season – opening devastating loss to their divisional rival in the Minnesota Vikings.
Christian Watson dropped a for sure would – be 75 – yard touchdown pass from Rodgers on the Packers’ first offensive play of the game, and he was wide open as he must have had several steps on the defensive back who got beat badly on Watson’s route that play.
Romeo Doubs did not play up to the pretty high standards that and big play making abilities that he frequently displayed throughout the Green Bay Packers training camp and their three NFL preseason games this summer.
Another young wide receiver and second – year pro in the National Football League, Amari Rodgers, did not even get to play a single offensive snap from scrimmage, and Amari was limited to only special teams plays as well as kick returns.
No Allen Lazard for the Green Bay Packers in Week 1’s Game vs. the Minnesota Vikings
It also did not help that Rodgers had to begin the 2022 – 2023 NFL season without the services of his apparent new number 1 wide receiver, Allen Lazard, who was forced to be sidelined for the Green Bay Packers NFL season – opener vs. the Minnesota Vikings due to a lingering pesky ankle injury. Lazard was able to practice on Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 for the very first time ever since his ankle got aggressively stepped on during a Green Bay Packers practice just 2 – weeks ago. Although Lazard was listed as a limited participant, I am sure it was still a thrilling sight for Rodgers to see as he is struggling to carry this young and frequently disappointing team on his shoulders all by himself.
Injured Starting Offensive Tackles of the Green Bay Packers
Aaron also didn’t have either of his starting tackles in David Bakhtiari as well as Elgton Jenkins, who were not ready to return from knee injuries they suffered during the previous 2021 – 2022 NFL season. Both of those crucial support pieces for Aaron still have a very unpredictable status for them to play in this Sunday’s Green Bay Packers NFL home – opener against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football from the legendary and historic Lambeau Field.
“I think he’s done as good a job as we could possibly expect,” the Green Bay Packers head coach, Matt LaFleur, mentioned in response to being asked how Aaron Rodgers has been handling the new situation that he was forced to inherit this year. “He’s always hard on himself and I know there were a couple plays that he certainly would like to have back, just like there’s some play calls that I would like to have back as well. That happens every game, right? But I think he’s done a great job of demanding the urgency from those young guys, yet putting an arm around them as well at the same time.“
The Loss of Davante Adams and its Effect on the Green Bay Packers this Year
Still, it added up to a 0 – touchdown, 1 – interception, and 1 – lost fumble miserable performance for Aaron in the 1st – NFL regular season game in the post – Davante Adams era for the Green Bay Packers after the NFL All – Pro veteran wide receiver in Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders during the past 2022 NFL offseason.
“I didn’t lose a fumble all last year and hadn’t thrown a pick in a division game in, I don’t know, a while, so that’s kind of the standard that I hold myself to, regardless of who’s out there with us,” Rodgers went on to say. “So that’s why that’s frustrating. I don’t look at it as ‘Tae’s not here [so] I’ve got to do even more or play perfect football.’ I’ve just always held myself to a standard of taking care of the football and that wasn’t good enough on Sunday.“
The Green Bay Packers Recent Slow Starts to the NFL Season
You do not have to look too far to see an example of how the Green Bay Packers had a terrible start to a season of the National Football League, and then they miraculously turned things around to becoming one of the best teams in the NFC and making a playoff run. For instance, last year the Green Bay Packers got smoked in their first game by the New Orleans Saints only to recover and put together a 13 – win NFL regular season.
There was also that season not that long ago when Rodgers told the media, fans, and the entire world to R – E – L – A – X, and of course the Green Bay Packers once again found a way to work their way into playing very winning football. This year the task in front of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers is very different as they do not have many proven veteran offensive weapons especially in the passing game. We will see how the Green Bay Packers and their young and inexperienced receivers respond to the adversity they are currently dealing with at the moment.
As far as for this Sunday night’s SNF game against the NFC North rivals in the Chicago Bears, who Rodgers has claimed to own, the Green Bay Packers organization, players, coaches, fan base, etc. may begin to panic if they get embarrassed on prime time national tv against the Chicago Bears. The Bears Packers rivalry is the oldest and one of the most serious in the illustrious history of professional football and the NFL. It will be interesting to see how the Green Bay Packers respond following their bad loss last Sunday afternoon in their week 1 season opener vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
Rodgers’ Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- Super Bowl Champion (XLV)
- Super Bowl MVP Award Winner (XLV)
- 4 – Time NFL Most Valuable Player Award Winner (2011, 2014, 2020, 2021)
- 4 – Time First – Team NFL All – Pro (2011, 2014, 2020, 2021)
- Second – Team NFL All – Pro (2012)
- 10 – Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- 4 – Time NFL Passer Rating Leader (2011, 2012, 2020, 2021)
- 2 – Time NFL Passing Touchdowns Leader (2016, 2020)
- NFL Completion Percentage Leader (2020)
- NFL 2010’s All – Decade Team
- Bart Starr Award Winner (2014)
- Associated Press Athlete of the Year Award Winner (2011)
- Bert Bell Award Winner (2011)
- 5 Passer Rating: Single Season (2011)
- Lowest Interception Percentage in a Single Season with 0.3 % (2018)
- Most Consecutive Passes without an Interception with 402
- Lowest Career Interceptions Percentage with 1.3 %
- Best Career Touchdown to Interception Ratio with 4.83