There’s no question that Aaron Rodgers is scuffling… And as the Packers try to rally after a short week against a brutal 1-5 Bears team, Rodgers needs to shake loose and do it, with an offensive depth chart that might need name tags on both the front and back of their jerseys.
The Pack just traded for Knile Davis — with running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks both declared OUT for tonight’s game. The receiving corps is just as decimated — Jared Abbrederis and Davante Adams both unlikely to play and Randall Cobb rallying from a back injury and playing tonight at less than 100%.
The ground game is averaging just over 100 yards a game. The Packers vaunted passing attack is 25th in the league. And if Aaron and the Pack can’t get right against a 1-5 team that’s playing maybe worse football than anybody – all hell will break loose.
And This isn’t just about Aaron. There’s no hiding this is a RODGERS house — and I’m a huge fan of this guy. But even the biggest fan will acknowledge that something is a little off with the former MVP… Aaron Rodgers doesn’t air mail open throws in the end zone. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t cough up the football near the goal line. And Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get flustered when the play breaks down.
Brian Hoyer and Aaron Rodgers are on the same field tonight. And it’s HOYER with a better stat line across the board. How is that even possible?
So the former MVP needs to find a way to get on the same page with an offense that looks like a revolving door. And he needs to find some confidence in a receiving corps that has looked mighty ordinary after once being one of the league’s most dangerous position groups.
But it’s Rodgers who stirs this drink, the quarterback who is the face of this franchise. So he and Mike McCarthy need to get this offense right and keep the Pack in the playoff chase, because the Vikings are already looking at a two-game division lead.
The Packers are shaking it up — wearing WHITE at home for the first time since 1989. And they couldn’t have dialed up a better opponent to get right against. A short week to make everyone forget about what happened last week and a chance to get right against a tomato can. It’s all right there: Now they’ve got to get it done.