Will Aaron Rodgers bounce back in the Green Bay Packers’ home opener?
Prior to Week 1, the Green Bay Packers had lost six times in the regular season under Matt LaFleur.
Each time, the Packers came back the following week and won. In 2020, Aaron Rodgers was dominant in all three games following a loss.
Former Packers fullback John Kuhn believes it could happen again in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions.
Speaking to Matt Lombardo of FanSided, Kuhn said last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints was ‘definitely the worst performance by Aaron Rodgers’ in the LaFleur era.
There’s no denying that. Rodgers threw for just 133 yards with no touchdowns, two ugly interceptions, and a passer rating of 36.8.
But Kuhn expects a bounce back, and he said it should come as no surprise if the defending MVP goes ‘scorched earth’ on Monday night against the Lions.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron comes out and throws four or five touchdowns against the Detroit Lions,” Kuhn says. “He could really go on a tear. The key is going to be the San Francisco game in two weeks.”
Kuhn has good reason to believe Rodgers could bounce back quickly.
First of all is the opposition. The Lions just allowed 442 yards of offense including 311 through the air. They’ve also lost number one cornerback Jeff Okudah for the season.
Then there is Rodgers’ recent record in games following a loss. Green Bay lost three regular-season games in 2020. Here are Rodgers’ stats in the games immediately following a defeat last year:
- 23/34, 283 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 132.4 rating
- 25/31, 305 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 147.2 rating
- 21/29, 211 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 132.3 rating
Not bad at all.
Rodgers knows he needs to play better. So do the Packers. Last week’s performance wasn’t close to good enough, but they now have the opportunity to return home and put it right in front of a sold-out Lambeau Field.
Rodgers hasn’t become a bad player overnight, and this offense has far too much talent not to bounce back.
Kuhn could be spot on. Rodgers could go ‘scorched earth’ on Monday Night Football.