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Playmaker Michael Irvin, Who Predicted Kirk Cousins as 2022 MVP, Calls Out Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers for Losing Top Divisional Berth to Mighty 6–1 Minnesota Vikings

Published 11/01/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

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The Green Bay Packers are off to one of their worst franchise starts to a season. The Aaron Rodgers-led Packers side is currently 3-5 after their fourth straight loss this season. To some, this is an enormous shock, but Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin is not surprised at all.

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Dallas Cowboys playmaker Michael Irvin went on ESPN First Take and listed his favorites from the NFC North Division. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Green Bay. Irvin didn’t think the Packers were divisional title contenders and said, “I knew the Packers were gonna have a tough go, but no one expected them to be here at this place right now.”


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Why are the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers struggling this season?

The Green Bay Packers lost their 4th successive game in the league on MNF to Josh Allen and the 6-1 Buffalo Bills. This comes after losses to the Commanders, the Jets, and the Giants in the three previous weeks. Hall of Famer and 3x Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin doesn’t give the Cheeseheads any chance this season. Irvin has Vikings QB Kirk Cousins as his MVP and the 6-1 Minnesota Vikings are certainly justifying Irvin’s expectations sitting at the top of the NFC North division.

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Irvin was a wide receiver. That’s why the former Cowboy understands why Rodgers and the Packers are struggling. The reason is a hole in Green Bay’s wide receiver position. Gone are the golden days of Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Davante Adams, the former star Packer WR, left the Wisconsin side in the off-season for the Las Vegas Raiders.


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This left Aaron Rodgers with Alan Lazard and Randall Cobb. Lazard has been suffering from shoulder problems and Cobb has a sprained ankle.

Is it the QB’s fault that Green Bay is suffering?

Aaron Rodgers is not the problem. In the last four losses, the Super Bowl XLV MVP quarterback threw for almost 900 yards with seven touchdowns. Clearly, the problem is the absence of a reliable receiver. To make matters worse, The Packers also lost offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to the Broncos and assistant OC Luke Getsy to the Chicago Bears.


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Matt LaFleur’s Green Bay side has always made the postseason. However, things look bleak right now. Last year, the Packers failed to qualify for the NFC Championship for the first time since 2018. Green Bay Packers are looking to strengthen their position at the trade deadline.


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Green Bay had a three-game winning streak from Week 2 this season before their poor form started. Can Aaron Rodgers help the Packers bounce back for a playoff berth? Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly


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Rivu Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favourites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC and Formula 1.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial