Aaron Rodgers Talks About the Packers’ Insipid Offense on Display Against the Panthers

Published 12/20/2020, 12:30 PM EST
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Aaron Rodgers is in scintillating form this season. With his touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, Rodgers recorded his 40th touchdown for the season.

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With it, he became the first-ever player to record 40+ TD seasons on 3 separate occasions. For Rodgers, though, the game against the Panthers was a bit of an anomaly.

His touchdown pass to tight end Robert Tonyan was his only one for the game. A rare off day for Aaron Rodgers, who’d previously thrown 13 touchdowns in his last 4 games.

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Aaron Rodgers output suffers without Davante 

Although the Packers managed to get a win against the Panthers, the offense struggled. Especially when it came to passing the ball. Rodgers ended the night with 143 passing yards, his lowest of the season so far. Lower than the 160 yards he managed against the Buccaneers, in their 38-10 defeat.  

“Even though we were obviously very efficient running the football. We need to keep finding ways to get Davante involved because he’s such a difference-maker. We couldn’t involve him a whole lot tonight,” said Rodgers while talking to the media after the game on Saturday.

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The Panthers understandably put double coverage on wide receiver Davante Adams through the majority of the game. A move that left Aaron Rodgers without his go-to aerial route. 

“They really didn’t give him a lot of single coverage. Maybe one or two plays in the entire game. We have got to find a way to keep him involved because he’s so dynamic. Looking at all of it is frustrating, but we won the game,” he added.

Packers’ offense needs to buckle up

The Green Bay Packers struggled to score a single touchdown through the second half. For a team boasting of the likes of Rodgers, Davante, Aaron Jones, Allen Lazard, and MVS, such stats are damning heading into the Playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers highlighted the need for the offense to pick up its boots if they are to make a deep playoff run. “That type of football in the second half is not going to get it done in the playoffs.

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“That’s where we’re going. That’s the trajectory we’re on. We’re gonna at least host a home playoff game, we win these next two we’re going to be the number one seed,” Rodgers said. 

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

With 2 games left in the regular season, the Packers will hope that the poor offensive showing in the game against the Panthers was simply a glitch in the matrix. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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