Believe it or not, the 2019 NFL season is already well past its halfway point. While some players have struggled and are running out of time to turn things around, others simply need to keep up the good work and help their team win.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fits the latter description. After seeing his 2017 season cut short due to injury and playing through a leg ailment for all of last season, the seven-time Pro Bowler is finally healthy and thriving. In 10 games under new head coach Matt LaFleur’s system, Rodgers has amassed 2,718 passing yards and 17 touchdowns — along with tossing just two interceptions on the year.
The veteran ranks among the top 10 passers in the league in several categories, including but not limited to passing yards, passer rating, yards per attempt, and interception percentage. Rodgers has played an integral role in his Packers’ success, as Green Bay currently holds the No. 2 seed in the NFC with an 8-2 record. Now that we’ve laid the groundwork for Rodgers’ 2019 thus far, let’s grade his campaign overall.
What Went Right
When Rodgers has been on, he’s had vintage nights. In three games against the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings, he combined for 10 touchdowns and didn’t throw a single interception. His passer rating was over 100 in all three contests.
Rodgers has also bought into the system LaFleur has implemented. Despite being labeled as difficult to coach or work with over the course of his career, along with experiencing some early road bumps with his new coach, Rodgers has settled in. There were legitimate worries before the season about the two butting heads but through 10 games, things appear to be smooth sailing for the most part.
What Went Wrong
Sure, Rodgers has had some throwback performances that remind us of the 2011 and 2014 MVP. On the other hand, he’s also had a multitude of ho-hum ones. On Nov. 3 against the Chargers, Rodgers completed 23 of 35 passes for 161 yards and a lone touchdown. The following week, he threw for 233 yards and zero touchdowns nor zero picks.
Finding consistency will be the key to the rest of the Packers’ season. Part of it can be attributed to Aaron Jones and Davante Adams both missing time with injuries this year. Now that the gang is back together, expect an improved product.
Overall, Aaron Rodgers has had a pretty solid 2019 season. Certainly not at the level we’ve seen in the past, but the best version we’ve seen since 2016. At 35 years old, Rodgers is approaching the back nine of his career. His 10-week grade is a B, with room for improvement over the last six matchups.