Aaron Rodgers: Slow Start to 2012 Season

Jeff Hanisch – US Presswire

In 2011 Aaron Rodgers set Green Bay Packers records with 4,643 passing yards, 9.2 yards per pass attempt, 45 touchdown passes, just 6 interceptions, and an NFL record 122.5 passer rating.

Through two games in 2012 Rodgers has just a 6.9 yards per pass attempt average and just a 89.9 passer rating.

Give him some credit though, for their first two games the Packers played the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears, two of the best defenses in the NFL. But if the Packers are going to win the Super Bowl, his current stats just aren’t good enough.

Given the Packers’ relative inability to run the ball and questionable defense, the Packers rely on Rodgers to be the star. He didn’t disappoint last year, rewriting the record books and winning the NFL MVP during a 15-1 season, but perhaps that was his peak.

Even if Rodgers falls down to Earth he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, he just hasn’t been playing up to the transcendent level that he was in 2011.

Part of the issue has been the Packers’ offensive line. Rodgers has been sacked 8 times and hurried into throwing 2 interceptions already this season. He just isn’t getting the time he got last year, though to be fair they won’t face Justin Smith or Julius Peppers in every single game.

Rodgers needs to step his game up, and do it soon or risk falling into an early hole in the NFC North race. Luckily Rodgers has a few extra days to recover for their next game: their first road contest against the always tough at home Seattle Seahawks.

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