It’s not going well for the Packers, who managed all of nine points Sunday against a Lions defense that has yielded 417.3 yards and 29.3 points per game this season, both worst in the NFL. Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers hasn’t exactly helped the cause, throwing as many interceptions in his last two games (four) as he did all of last season. The Packers’ five-game losing streak is their longest since 2008, Rodgers’ first year on the job after spending his first three seasons holding the clipboard for Brett Favre.
Green Bay’s front office deserves equal blame for letting another trade deadline go by without making any tangible improvements (the Packers explored deals for Darren Waller and Chase Claypool, neither of which came to fruition), though, weeks away from his 39th birthday, Rodgers may very well be entering the twilight of his career, experiencing the early stages of what could be a steep decline.
Save for an 18-yard scramble on third down (which, in retrospect, was just delaying the inevitable), Rodgers looked painfully ordinary against the Lions, a team he’s largely dominated throughout his career. The Packers’ front office hasn’t done Rodgers any favors, leaving the cupboard bare at receiver while barely lifting a finger to fill the void left by Davante Adams this offseason. But Rodgers in his prime would have found a way to make it work, putting the team on his back as superstars do. With the future Hall-of-Famer beginning to show glimpses of his football mortality, recording artist Lil Wayne, well-known for his Packers fandom (in spite of being born and bred in New Orleans), took to Twitter to vent his frustration with the team’s current state of affairs, arguing Green Bay should have moved on from Rodgers when it had the chance.
The rapper of “Lollipop” and “A Milli” fame obviously doesn’t speak for all Cheese-heads, but he probably does for a good number of fans who have grown increasingly exasperated by Rodgers amid what appears to be a midlife crisis of sorts, regaling Pat McAfee with tales of his psychedelic experiences on ayahuasca while positioning himself as one of the more vocal opponents of COVID vaccination. Rodgers also threatened to retire when the Packers wouldn’t trade him last offseason, which turned out to be a shrewd negotiating tactic, ultimately landing one of the richest deals in NFL history, at great expense to Green Bay’s salary cap.
If it’s any consolation to Weezy, at least running back Aaron Jones avoided a major setback, with all tests on his injured ankle coming back clean. The Packers, whose quest for a fourth straight division title is looking about as probable as winning tonight’s Powerball jackpot ($1.9 billion!), will have their work cut out for them when they host the Cowboys (well-rested coming off their bye week) next Sunday at Lambeau Field.