Grading Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ play through first two games
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are sitting pretty at 2-0 through two weeks of the 2019 NFL season. What makes that record even better is that the Packers have defeated both the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings to earn it. Taking an early lead in the NFC North is a huge start for Matt LaFleur in his rookie season as a head coach.
While the 2-0 record looks nice, the way they have accomplished it has not. The offense has been rough, to say the least. At times, they have looked completely out of sync, but there have been some flashes of big-time potential.
For example, in the first quarter and early in the second quarter against the Vikings, the Packers took a 21-0 lead. Rodgers was firing strikes to his receivers and the offense was moving down the field at will. Then, the Packers failed to score in the second half and nearly let Minnesota come all the way back.
Thankfully, the Packers have a legitimate defense this season under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
All of that being said, we’re going to take a look at Rodgers’ play so far and give him a grade.
In two games this season, Rodgers has completed 62.5 percent of his pass attempts for 412 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He has also picked up eight yards on the ground, which we had to add in for good measure.
During the first game of the season against the Bears, Rodgers looked pretty bad. He had one big drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham, but the rest of the game was forgettable. Rodgers missed some easy throws and the offense as a whole couldn’t move the football.
Part of the struggles have been due to a completely new offense coming in under LaFleur. Rodgers and his new coach have not been on the same page at times. That will improve as the two get more games under their belts.
Green Bay believes that the offense will come into its own in the near future. Until then, however, grading Rodgers may not be what Packers fans want to see. Without further delay, let’s dive in and grade Rodgers’ first two games of the 2019 season.
Explanation: Rodgers is going to get better as the season moves forward, there’s no question about that. He simply hasn’t looked like himself at times, but he hasn’t thrown an interception either. Expect this grade to rise fairly quickly once he gets on the same page with LaFleur in the new offense.