The Green Bay Packers offense sank to all time low in the Aaron Rodgers era on Sunday, as they were defeated by the Washington Commanders and backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke, 23-21. The Packers now have four losses on their record. They haven’t lost more than four games in a season since 2018.
Perhaps the most striking stat to come out on Sunday is that the Packers went 0 for 6 on third down. It was the first game in Rodgers’ career in which he did not complete a third, according to the Athletics. The Packers haven’t gone without a third-down conversion in a game since Oct. 17, 1999. Despite the terrible start, the back-to-back NFL MVP said they can turn this ship around.
When Rodgers was asked if it seemed likely that the Packers could correct their mistakes and make the playoffs, he had this to say:
“You’re right,” Rodgers said, via ESPN. “I’m not worried about this team. In fact, this might be the best thing for us. Nobody’s going to give us a chance this week, we’re going to Buffalo on ‘Sunday Night Football,’ with a chance to expose ourselves.” Shoot, this might be the best thing for us.”
Rodgers has experience when it comes to midseason turnarounds. His “RELAX” comment after a 1-2 start in 2014 could go down in NFL lore as Green Bay rebounded to win the NFC North 12-4. However, this test can be more difficult, as the offense fights on multiple fronts.
On Sunday against Washington, Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon combined for just 38 yards as this new look wide receiver corps was once again ineffective. Sammy Watkins caught two of four targets for 36 yards and rookie Romeo Daubs didn’t catch any of his four targets.
The Packers have their backs against the wall in what could be a pivotal Week 8 matchup on the road against the explosive Buffalo Bills. As it stands, the Packers are a 10.5-point underdog to Josh Allen and Co., according to Caesars. Rogers was never a double-digit underdog in 235 career starts — including the playoffs.