Aaron Rodgers has been good coming off the bye and Packers fans hope he's on his game Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Raymone T. Rivard photograph

Will Aaron Rodgers return with a vengeance after bye week?


Other than the week two victory against the Washington Redskins, in which Aaron Rodgers threw for nearly 500 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, the Green Bay Packers quarterback has had a rough season.

In week one, Rodgers completed only 56.8 percent of his passes, and threw one interception when Jermichael Finley bobbled what would have been a complete pass. In week three, Rodgers completed 60.1 percent of his passes, and was intercepted twice, which was the first time since week seven of the 2010 season that he threw more than a single interception in a game – with one of those interceptions coming late in the game during an attempted fourth quarter comeback.

It isn’t difficult to imagine how much those stat lines bother Rodgers, especially if you have been a Packers fan over the course of A-Rod’s tenure as starter. The official twitter account of the Packers quoted Coach McCarthy yesterday in a tweet:

Aaron Rodgers is very tough on himself. He’s had a good week of preparation, and he spends a lot of extra time in the office.

Notice McCarthy is quoted as saying Rodgers is “hard on himself,” not on the offensive line that has allowed 10 sacks in three games, nor the lack of a definite starter at running back. This not only shows the class of A-Rod, but is McCarthy’s way of telling fans to “rest assured.”

Last season, when the Detroit Lions came to Green Bay, Rodgers had an average game, completing 14-of-24 passes while throwing for 173 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, in a Packers victory.

This is, however, an important game for the Lions, who haven’t won in Green Bay since 1991. Hopefully, Rodgers will return after the bye week with the stellar play necessary to lead the Packers to victory over a 3-1 Lions team.

Surely all the “extra time in the office” will pay off for Rodgers.

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