MINNEAPOLIS – Believe it or not, the 75-yard bullish receiver passes Christian Watson Dropped in the Green Bay Packers’ first offensive game of the season wasn’t at the top of my list of things that bothered it Aaron Rodgers After another season failed to open.
All of the mental errors, missed assignments and poor decisions – including some by Rodgers himself – in Sunday’s 23-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium upset him much more.
“Obviously it would be great to have 75 touchdowns to start the game,” Rodgers said. “But drops will happen. It’s part of the game. It’s the mental stuff we can’t have because we’re hurting ourselves. Whether we’re going the wrong way on a block or missing protection or missing hot. [route] or not going the right way [at] At the right depth, there were a lot of mental errors.”
This was life in the first match without her Davant Adams.
While Rodgers’ former goal favourite had 10 assists for 141 yards and a touchdown on his debut with the Las Vegas Raiders, the new-look receivers group (which was missing the supposed first goal) Allen Lazard due to an ankle injury) aggregated for 12 hunting points for 120 yards and no touchdowns.
It would have looked different had Watson, the Packers’ second-round player, not let the ball pass from his hands after he was more than 3 yards away from the Vikings corner kick. Patrick Peterson.
“This is just a play I know I should make,” said Watson, who finished my fishing career for 34 yards. “Most of the time, it’s a play that I know I’m capable of giving. We just have to put that in the past and move on.”
But there were other problems: fellow rookie receiver Romeo Dobbs (Four catches for 37 yards) His signals crossed with Rodgers at least once. After Watson fell, he was not targeted again until late in the fourth quarter. After Rodgers and Dobbs seemed to miscommunicate in third in the middle of the first quarter, he wasn’t targeted again until the third quarter.
“Look, we have to be patient with these guys,” Rodgers said, finishing 22-for-34 for 195 yards and not making up for that interception. “They’re young. They weren’t on fire. Patience will be weaker as the season goes on, but expectations will be high. We’ll keep them responsible, but that’s going to happen. There will be drops. I hate seeing it in the first play, but it’s part of it – there will be drops throughout the season.”
Rogers would think to himself, too. He said he should have pulled out the center guard in the fourth game and the failed goal in the first round AJ Dillon in the second quarter. He described his objection in the last minute of the first half as a “stupid decision”. This throwing that Harrison Smith Picked up, Rodgers’ streak of touchdowns finished unchallenged against a northern NFC opponent at 38 — the most consecutive unselected touchdown passes in a divisional game in NFL history.
A year ago, after the Packers coached 38-3 in the season opener against the New Orleans Saints, Rodgers drew criticism for playing it as no big deal. And of course, Al Hazzoon went on to finish 13-4 and earn the top seed in the NFC.
He still has a sense of humor after this.
“We scored four more points than we scored that day,” Rodgers said with a smile. “There’s a lot to build on when comparing the two. Look, it’s hard to win in this league, and it’s definitely tough when you get in the way so many times. So, I felt like we did some good things. Maybe we should get some more touches for Jonesy.” [Aaron Jones] And the [AJ] Dillon. He made a lot of mistakes in the perimeter, he missed a few throws, so there’s a lot to clean up all over the place.”
Perhaps the offensive performance should have been expected given Adams losing combined with the absence of Lazard and starting tackles. David Bakhtiari And the Elgton Jenkinswho have not been allowed to return from knee surgeries. But the agony of the defense, which Rodgers repeatedly praised in training camp, was unexpected. He couldn’t stop the reception of the Vikings Justin Jefferson (Nine grabs for 184 yards and two touchdowns.)
“These are two years in a row where we went out the first week and didn’t look ready,” Packers coach Matt Lafleur said.