GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Only three quarterbacks have more wins this season than Aaron Rodgers, and only one has a better touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Yet his 10-win, 30-touchdown, seven-interception season has generally been panned as a down year.
And the Green Bay Packers quarterback understands. As a two-time NFL most valuable player, he's fine being held to a higher standard.
"Well, I should be, based on production," Rodgers said Wednesday. "And I'm OK with that. It's been definitely a different year for me."
Nevertheless, Rodgers and the Packers will play for their fifth straight NFC North title on Sunday when they face the Minnesota Vikings. And regardless of the outcome, they're in the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
"I'm proud of the way we've responded through some adversity we've dealt with, obviously, losing a great receiver," Rodgers said. "But we've had some guys step up and it's been a disjointed year schedule-wise, play-wise, inconsistency-wise, and it's been frustrating at times. But it's also been really exciting at times, and it's been a year that I think a lot of us will never forget and hopefully we can add some more memories the next couple weeks."
Still, the Packers will almost certainly finish with their lowest offensive ranking in 10 years under coach Mike McCarthy. With one game to play, they rank 24th in total offense and 26th in passing yards per game. They have never finished lower than 13th in total offense and ninth in passing yards under McCarthy and Rodgers.
Rodgers is also on pace for his lowest career completion percentage (60.4), lowest yards per attempt (6.69) and worst passer rating (93.7) as a starter. But his touchdown-to-interception ratio of 4.29 trails only New England's Tom Brady (5.19). And only Brady (12 wins), Arizona's Carson Palmer (13) and Carolina's Cam Newton (14) have won more starts this season than Rodgers.
However, the offense struggled so much that McCarthy took back play-calling duties from associate head coach Tom Clements after just 12 games.
When asked how much that has impacted Rodgers this season, McCarthy said, "I think in the game of football, it's all about adjustments and emphasis and even change. So that's what a season brings, and that's why you put so much time into the planning stages and the ability to adjust throughout the game, throughout a quarter, throughout a season. There's always things that happen. I don't think I've ever coached throughout a season where you haven't said, 'Well, I haven't seen that before.' We've had a couple of those this year, and hopefully you have a few more of those on the positive side."