NFL removes “Rodgers vs Mahomes” from schedule release commercial

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During the 2021 draft, the NFL ran a commercial for the May 12 schedule release. The 30-second spot hyped “Rodgers vs Mahomes” as one of the games to be played in the first-ever 17-game season.

With the schedule release three days away, there’s a new version of the commercial. And “Rodgers vs Mahomes” is gone.

Replacing “Rodgers vs Mahomes” is “Jackson vs Mahomes,” a reference to the Chiefs-Ravens game set for 2021, which will pit 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson against 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes.

It’s an unofficial acknowledgement by the NFL of the uncertainty as to the question of whether 2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers actually will be playing for the Packers in 2021. And it underscores the eleventh-hour complications to the scheduling process regarding the placement of the Packers-Chiefs game — and of the two games between Kansas City and Denver, the most likely Rodgers destination (if he’s traded).

Those will be among the first names noticed when the schedule emerges. Green Bay at Kansas City. Denver at Kansas City. Kansas City at Denver. In which week will each be played? Will they be dropped into spots from which they can be flexed?

The league office doesn’t know how this will play out. The fact that “Rodgers vs Mahomes” no longer appears in the effort to attract viewership to the show that adds the “when” to the “who” and the “where” proves that, when it comes to the biggest story in the NFL, the powers-that-be are in the dark, along with the rest of us.

16 responses to “NFL removes “Rodgers vs Mahomes” from schedule release commercial

  1. The NFL shouldn’t worry. They’ll be getting 2 games a season of Rodgers vs Mahomes when Rodgers is traded to Denver. Then they get 2 games of future 1st ballot HOFer Aaron Rodgers vs young superstar Justin Herbert. Rodgers to Denver benefits the NFL, so expect it to happen.

  2. I can’t imagine why he’d leave for the AFC west of all places. Objectively speaking, it is one of the toughest divisions as it stands (granted there’s still games to play), and he currently is on easy mode in the NFC North, virtually assured a top seed in the playoffs.

  3. I don’t think that the powers-that-be are in the dark. They know. On June 2, it’ll be confirmed: Rodgers to Denver.

  4. Interesting. And all this time I thought that football was eleven v eleven.

  5. And so it begins… The Pack get to join the Pats as newly minted irrelevant franchises returning to their previous places at the bottom of the pecking order after lengthy streaks of success. Hopefully they both enjoy being terrible once again.

  6. I like Jasckson vs Mahomes. That should be an exciting game. Jackson has something to prove.

  7. What’s wrong with promoting a Mahomes vs. Love matchup? The Packers think he’s better than Rodgers.

  8. Idk if any of these rookie QB’s will be any good ever. I’m going to assume some will and some wont. But the big lesson to take away from all of this is that Aaron Rodgers needed to overshadow them when the draft and even now should be about them and other rookies at other positions. It should be about the teams and what they did or didn’t do to improve.
    No one cares about a 38 year old guy crying about not being appreciated enough (as if). As great as he is, I can’t stand his crappy prima Donna attitude.
    You want a new deal fine… after you resign, and say you were terrible next year… would you allow the pack to walk away? Didn’t think so

  9. IF the Packers don’t watch out,they will be as irrelevant as the Seahawks.

  10. Whether Rodgers likes it or not he has to realize who’s boss, and it’s not The moment management bows to a player’s demands, it sets a bad precedent for how they will be perceived in the future. One doesn’t have to be a fan of either, management or player, to know who’ll win this stand off.

  11. If the NFL “knows Rodgers is going to Denver” wouldn’t the Mahomes vs Rodgers headline still work? They’ll play twice a season in that instance…

  12. Green Bay isn’t serious about winning right now so Rodgers has every right to be upset how things are being run. Management really screwed Rodgers and this team by drafting a QB in the 1st round last year. They had a chance to get elite WR talent and passed for an unknown QB then lost in the NFC championship game because of the lack of weapons on offense. Stop wasting this guys time.

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