Packers coach Mike McCarthy said last week that Aaron Rodgers has been playing the best football of his career and the best of any quarterback that McCarthy has ever seen, comments which would have made little sense to anyone who watched Rodgers play for the first time ever on Sunday.
Rodgers finished the day 17-of-42 for 185 yards and two interceptions in one of the worst days of his career. It’s the lowest passer rating and completion percentage of his starting career, leaving Rodgers to make a pretty succinct statement about his performance.
“It wasn’t my best day by any stretch of the imagination,” Rodgers said, via the Associated Press. “I gotta play better for us to win. I expect more of myself.”
Not all of the struggles were on the quarterback. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson dropped what would have almost certainly been a 94-yard touchdown that could have made the Packers winners and there were other errors on a rough day across the board for the Green Bay passing game.
A very good Bills defense deserves a lot of credit for making things rough and the Bucs won’t be putting the same kind of unit on the field next week. That bodes well for the Packers, who will still win the NFC North and a first-round bye if they win their final two games of the regular season.