Tough game for the new $20 million man.
He made some good throws and had some good reads, but once again - when the game was on the line, when the game was there for the TAKING - Rodgers could not get it done. Sure the turnovers hurt - these fumbles are becoming alarmingly routine - and the interception was just a result of forgetting to look off the safety in the face of the blitz - but once again it was Rodgers' inability to move the offense when it counted the most that doomed the Packers yesterday. Add to that the continuing problems in the red-zone and it was just a tough day at the office for the first year starter.
On that note - has anyone else noticed that the Packers have regressed to 2006 in their red-zone offense? I'm not sure what it is, but this team is a mirror image of the Favre-led squad that could move up and down the field between the 20s but almost always bogged down in the red-zone. And it's no mystery what teams are doing - they are playing coverage, dropping seven to eight guys for Rodgers to navigate his way through. To his credit, he hasn't thrown many interceptions - however, he hasn't thrown many touchdowns either (though funnily enough, he did both yesterday) McCarthy must find a way to get Ryan Grant going and get some pressure off of Rodgers when it comes to getting the ball in the end zone, because right now teams know that Grant won't or can't beat them inside the 20.
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