Quick fixes Packers QB Aaron Rodgers must make to get things back on track
The Green Bay Packers are 2-0 to begin their season led by Aaron Rodgers. They faced two strong defenses so far in the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. Despite the two wins, Rodgers has not looked like himself.
Rodgers has not turned the ball over this season, but he has only thrown for three touchdowns. He has thrown for 412 yards this season and has not eclipsed the 210-yard mark in either game. The Packers will go up against the Denver Broncos and Vic Fangio’s defense.
At 2-0, all is well in Green Bay. If they want to get to the playoffs and make some noise, they will have to get No. 12 back on track.
Quick Fixes Rodgers Must Make
Rodgers threw just two interceptions last season, but even then he did not look like himself. The days of Rodgers winning MVP seem to be in his rear view mirror. So far this season, Rodgers has not made routine throws that he could make in his sleep just a couple short years ago.
Against the Bears, Rodgers’ footwork seemed to be a touch off as he over and under threw receivers all night. He was throwing off his back foot instead of stepping in and firing a dart to his receivers. The Packers have been leaning on their run game. Aaron Jones has rushed for 155 yards in two games and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
For Rodgers to be successful, the offensive line needs to pass block better than they have been. The Packers offensive line has allowed Rodgers to be sacked seven times in two games. That is ninth most in the league. Rodgers is a quarterback who has always been able to elude pressure using his legs. At 35 years old, it is all about staying healthy.
Rodgers needs his receivers to get involved. Davante Adams is being his normal self with 11 catches for 142 yards in two games. The Packers have just two wide receivers with five catches or more through Week 2. That is a low number. Jimmy Graham has just three catches at the tight end position. The No. 3 and 4 leading receivers on the team are running backs. It is hard to play quarterback if there are not weapons to throw the ball to.
The Packers have found a way to win two games this season. Rodgers is still elite to where he can beat lesser teams, but he will need to return to the Rodgers of old if Green Bay wants to make a deep playoff run.