‘Good Kick in the You Know Where’ – Aaron Rodgers Introspects After Humiliating Opening Day Loss to Saints

Published 09/13/2021, 12:09 PM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field on December 19, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)


Aaron Rodgers took a huge hit as Sunday Night football turned out to be a nightmare for the Green Bay Packers. Even though Rodgers sees great potential in the team, a 38-3 demolishing loss this early on in the season, devastated those who think the same.

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Although, the quarterback believes that this was a much need lesson to get the players and the team in the right track. It’s just week 1 and they have a long way to go. “This is a good kick in the you-know-where to hopefully get us going in the right direction,” Rodgers said.

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Demolition of Green Bay Packers

However, this was not the kind of outcome expected from a franchise that reached the NFC Championship Game in each of the last two seasons. With merely 133 passing yards, two interceptions and a 36.8 passer rating, the Sunday Night game saw a major roundabout in Rodgers’ stat game.

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His passer rating plummeted to this low ever since Week 15 of 2014, and his passer yards total dropped this low since Week 8 of 2015, as per the NFL research. And if this wasn’t enough, then Rodgers never saw a defeat with a margin as big as 35 points, ever in his whole career.

“I think there’s probably some of that,” Rodgers said. “We probably felt like we were gonna go up and down the field on whoever they had out there and that obviously wasn’t the case today. I give [Saints defensive coordinator] Dennis Allen a lot of credit. I think I’ve always thought he’s a really good defensive mind. They had a good plan. It was to play a lot of two-shell and slow us down with the front. They did a good job of that.”

Aaron Rodgers feels optimistic

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts to a call during a NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 27, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Even after a humiliating defeat in the very first game of the season, the veteran quarterback injects a sense of hope in his approach. He feels it was much needed for the team to hit rock bottom, as it will make them work harder and come back even stronger next time.

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“They beat us. They played way better than us,” Rodgers said. “We played bad. I played bad. Uncharacteristic of how we’ve practiced in training camp, obviously how I’ve played over the years. This is hopefully an outlier moving forward. We’ll find out next week.”

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However, it should not be forgotten that last year Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw an equally humiliating defeat 38-3 by the Saints in the 9th week. Yet they went on to win the Super Bowl that very season. Aaron Rodgers feels that his team has the correct mindset, but it needed the right push in the right direction, which they got in their very first game.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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