Wednesday, September 25, 2013
QB Watch: Packers' Aaron Rodgers
By Rob Demovsky
A weekly examination of the Green Bay Packers' quarterback play.
Rewind: It’s not often that Aaron Rodgers plays poorly, but his performance in Sunday’s 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals might have been his worst since the 2009 road loss at then-winless Tampa Bay. On Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, Rodgers posted his second-lowest passer rating (64.5) in a game he completed since that loss to the Bucs (57.6) on Nov. 8, 2009, and his lowest in a game he finished since Oct. 31, 2010, against the New York Jets (59.7). Rodgers snapped his NFL-record streak of 41 straight games without multiple interceptions, but one of his two picks was the result of a poor route by receiver James Jones.
Fast-forward: The Packers have their bye this week.
Batted balls: Rodgers’ quick release means he doesn’t usually have many passes batted down at the line of scrimmage, but the Bengals did it three times in the final two minutes on Sunday, including on his last pass on fourth-and-5 from the Cincinnati 20-yard line with 1:25 left. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Rodgers previously had only one game in the past five seasons in which three of his passes were batted down.
Prediction: Rodgers will bounce back with a strong performance on Oct. 6 against the Detroit Lions because that is what he usually does after a rare poor outing. Since becoming a starter in 2008, he has followed multiple-interception games by combining to throw 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions in his next outing.