The Green Bay Packers fell to an embarrassing Week 1 loss against the New Orleans Saints. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled to find any rhythm in the lopsided defeat, which led to plenty of criticism. One of Rodgers‘ former teammates took it a step further with his harsh criticism toward the three-time MVP.
Aaron Rodgers and Packers fall to crushing Week 1 loss to the Saints
After venturing through a storyline-filled offseason, Rodgers and the Packers suffered a discouraging Week 1 loss to the Saints.
The three-time league MVP showed rust as he completed 15-of-28 passes for 133 yards with two interceptions and held a 36.8 passer rating. Meanwhile, the running game struggled, compiling 43 rushing yards while averaging 2.9 yards per game. It featured Pro Bowler Aaron Jones rushing for nine yards on five attempts.
Green Bay’s offense never found a rhythm, averaging 4.4 yards per play, and converted 1-of-10 third-down opportunities. The Saints took advantage of the Packers’ struggles, going 4-for-4 in the red zone, with Jameis Winston recording five touchdown passes despite throwing for only 148 yards.
The disappointing Week 1 showing from the Packers has led one of Rodgers’ former longtime teammates to blast him publicly.
Aaron Rodgers’ Ex-Packers teammate brutally blasts him after disappointing Week 1 performance: ‘I just don’t see a work ethic in Aaron Rodgers that I have in previous years’
The Packers’ porous performance in Week 1 has drawn plenty of criticism, primarily directed toward Rodgers‘ lackluster outing.
One of the star quarterback’s former teammates, Jermichael Finley, didn’t hold back with his strong criticism during an interview on the Keyshawn, JWill & Max ESPN radio show.
“It’s the National Football League. Each offseason, you have to work like it’s your last season. I just don’t see a work ethic in Aaron Rodgers that I have in previous years,” Finley said. “You can see it right through his helmet. The eyes and the face tell everything about the personality. I just don’t see that hunger to go win another championship.”
“I just think it’s cliche and talk that guys get up there and say, ‘Oh, I want to win a championship.’ It sounds good, but I want to see what you do on the field.”
Finley’s stern comments only feed into the belief Rodgers is tanking it to prove a point to the Packers. However, it’s hard to jump to that conclusion, given that it would waste an opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl. It’s an assumption that many will dive into, especially after the eventful offseason.
However, these comments from one of Rogers’ former teammates push it into the limelight because they played together. The three-time league MVP may not publicly acknowledge the remarks, but he will certainly take intel of it behind the scenes.
Packers are eyeing bounce-back outing in Week 2 against the Lions
The Packers’ disappointing season opener performance has left a sour taste in the team’s mouth, but Week 2 is an opportunity to push forward.
Rodgers displayed rust due to not playing in any preseason action and missing the bulk of the offseason. The Packers have an extra day for preparation for the Monday night matchup against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
The Lions are coming off an encouraging performance after nearly erasing a massive second-half deficit against the San Francisco 49ers. However, Detroit’s defense struggled, allowing 442 total yards, including 8.0 yards per play and 131 rushing yards.
The Packers should experience much more offensive success against the Lions, especially with the running game. Aaron Jones should be on track for a bounce-back performance, while Rodgers has historically performed well against his NFC North rival.
In 22 career games against Detroit, the 37-year-old holds a 17-5 record while passing for 5,662 yards with 46 touchdowns to eight interceptions and possesses a 106.2 passer rating.
All those factors strongly suggest Rodgers and the Packers will get back on track in a huge way.