QB Aaron Rodgers Believes Green Bay Packers Cannot ‘Freak Out’ After Heavy Opening Day Loss

Published 09/17/2021, 7:16 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers signals for a first down during their game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)


This season started with a lot for Aaron Rodgers to deal with. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has faced a lot of criticism and shame regarding his unsatisfactory performance against the New Orleans Saints. His dreams for a perfect “Last Dance” seem to be under threat.

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However, Aaron Rodgers is no amateur. One bad match cannot change the fate of the veteran, and so he plans to retaliate with force. However, the retaliation can bring fruitful results only if the team does not fall into the trap of being under pressure.

Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) covers his ears in the huddle during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers wants to make a comeback

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“If we’re starting to freak out after one week,” Rodgers said Thursday, “we’re in big trouble.”

The confidence and the willpower that the veteran has are certainly noteworthy. After the embarrassing loss on Sunday, he was not at all influenced by what other people said or talked about. His sole focus was to lift the spirits of his teammates before their next match.

“Now, I wasn’t trying to be inspiring,” Rodgers said of Sunday’s post-game message. “I was trying to put the loss in the context where it deserves to be put. And that is, it’s not acceptable, but it’s just one game and we’re not gonna be held prisoner mentally by that poor performance.”

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)

High hopes from the Packers

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NFL is not for weak-hearted players and Aaron Rodgers is not at all easy to break. His competence and ability to absorb criticism are way ahead of so many players. His expectation from the Packers this season is so much more than what they had displayed in their previous game.

“I’m not going to make it bigger than it was,” Rodgers said. “I’ll let you guys on the outside world do all that. Look, we’ve won a lot of games around here. We’ve lost a few. But you move on. It doesn’t matter if you play incredible and put up 50 or you get blown out. You move on to the next opponent.”

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after getting the win against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on December 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers keeps the spirits alive for the team, as the franchise moves on to the second week of the regular season. He plans to take over the Lions and rise above all the criticism that has been thrown at him.

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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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