The Packers had a possibility to win their second house sport in lower than a week, 4 days after upsetting the Cowboys. For nearly as good as Green Bay seemed towards Dallas on Sunday, they have been the precise reverse of it on Thursday evening.
After the sport, quarterback Aaron Rodgers confronted a stream of pointed questions concerning the workforce’s disappointing efficiency — beginning together with his personal.
“I missed a couple of throws, for certain,” Rodgers instructed reporters. “I positively missed a couple of throws.”
Indeed he did. It turned the obvious within the fourth quarter, because the Packers tried to carve into a 10-point deficit. On one drive, after a Rasul Douglas interception of Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill held the rating at 27-17, Rodgers badly missed a wide-open Sammy Watkins on third and 12. On the subsequent drive, Rodgers sailed a throw over the outstretched arms of Allen Lazard on third and three.
Both outcomes sparked a smattering of boos from the group at Lambeau Field. Rodgers was requested the way it felt to listen to that response from Packers followers.
“Interesting,” he stated after a lengthy pause. “That’s the very best I may give you.”
It’s exhausting to know whether or not Rodgers is actually in a position to give his finest on the sphere, on account of a thumb damage that dates again to their loss to the Giants in London. He stated he will not make excuses based mostly on the lingering problem, however he added that he “did not have a constant grip” towards the Titans, and that he “threw a lot of wobblers.”
At one level, he was requested, “Where do you go from right here?”
“Home,” he stated.
The literal response carried a probably unintended which means. At 4-7, they’re teetering on the brink of going house, because it pertains to their shrinking postseason hopes.
There was nonetheless a flicker of optimism from the two-time defending league MVP.
“If we play as much as our potential, we will win the subsequent six video games,” Rodgers stated.
The downside is that they have not been enjoying as much as their potential, for most of the 12 months. He stated it’ll take greater than him and the remaining of the workforce captains to get the message to the locker room at giant concerning the probabilities of turning it round.
On Sunday, they confirmed what they will do. But they should do it persistently. They may run the ball towards the Cowboys. They could not run it towards the Titans.
That’s the fundamental actuality for each NFL workforce. The expertise hole among the many franchises is not as massive because it as soon as was. In each sport, each groups are hoping to play to their potential. If one does, the opposite one essentially does not.
Seven out of 11 occasions this 12 months, the Packers have not. While it is not inconceivable to suppose that they will go six for six and get to the playoffs, every further loss at this level will shut the door a little bit extra.
At some level, they could must admit that it is simply not going to occur. Maybe that is when Rodgers heads to injured reserve, Jordan Love will get some reps in preparation for 2023, and one of the very best quarterbacks of all time sees his profession finish with a whimper, not a bang.
That risk stays a number of video games away. With Rodgers on the helm, they’re succesful of catching fireplace, of placing a string of victories collectively.
The subsequent likelihood is available in 10 days, once they face the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday Night Football. After that, the Packers went to Chicago. Then comes a bye, adopted by a Monday evening sport towards the Rams, a Christmas day go to to Miami, and season-ending house video games towards the Vikings and Lions.
The seventeenth sport retains hope alive a little longer for each workforce. Prior to 2021, the Packers may already be finished, at 4-7. A loss to Philly in Week 12 will doubtless imply that they’d must go 5-0 and hope to assist get to the playoffs with a 9-8 file.
So, principally, the playoffs begin for the Packers subsequent Sunday evening. If they lose to the Eagles, it might be time to begin fascinated by turning the web page to 2023, which additionally may imply lastly closing the e-book on the Aaron Rodgers period in Green Bay.
Again, it is not over. Not by a lengthy shot. After one of these upcoming video games, nevertheless, when Rodgers is requested the place he goes from right here and he says “house,” it may have a far larger sense of permanence.