To say that the Green Bay Packers have had a tough start to the season would be an understatement.
The team has regressed drastically from last season. They’ve dropped three consecutive games for the first time since 2019 when they fired Mike McCarthy, and things won’t get any easier when they play the Buffalo Bills as double-digit underdogs.
Notably, this will be the first time Aaron Rodgers is a double-digit underdog since becoming a full-time starter.
Rodgers Won’t Forget His Former Teammate
The Bills boast an explosive offense led by Josh Allen and Steffon Diggs. However, Rodgers is looking forward to facing a guy who hasn’t played since Week 3: Former teammate Jake Kumerow:
“I know we’re playing a tough opponent,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show. “They’re coming off a bye week (and) they get an extra week to prepare for us. They got a great quarterback, a great defense, very well coached, a lot of weapons – Jake Kumerow. A lot going for them.”He Won’t Apologize For His Comments
Maybe name-dropping Kumerow was a subtle shot at the front office for letting him go, but it’s not like he was much of a factor during his three-year stint in Wisconsin.
However, Rodgers is far from satisfied with his receiving corps’ performances this season. He’s repeatedly called them out in public and recently stated that he won’t apologize or back down from his comments:
“People in this society have a hard time hearing the truth sometimes,” Rodgers said during his press conference. “I’m not saying anything [publicly] that I’m not saying to those guys. So, maybe that’s talking about a conversation that’s behind closed doors in public, but the level of accountability is the standard here.LaFleur Has His Back
Notably, HC Matt LaFleur seems to be on the same page with his star QB. He believes the Packers need to hold everybody accountable, as that’s the only way to get better:
“I think that, you know, we have to be truthful with one another, and sometimes the truth hurts,” LaFleur said, via ProFootballTalk. “And it’s no different than when your kids make a mistake, right? You tell them about it.”They Need To Turn Things Around
Most analysts predicted the Packers would struggle offensively sans Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
But not even the most pessimistic saw them dropping games to the New York Giants, New York Jets, and Washington Commanders.
The Packers are a long shot to win their division now, let alone make the Super Bowl. But if they don’t straighten the ship soon, they might not even make the playoffs.