By Carmen Vitali
FOX Sports NFC North Writer
It’s not hard to see: Aaron Rodgers still isn’t comfortable.
Green Bay hung on for a 27-24 overtime win over the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, but it was stressful. The Patriots were operating with their third-string rookie quarterback after Brian Hoyer exited the game with a concussion. Bailey Zappe took the reins and helped the team to 21 more points, at times even looking more at ease than his veteran counterpart.
“A win’s a win,” said Rodgers after the game. “Ugly first half. Good second half. I felt like we got into a rhythm in the second half with some of the play calls. I settled in and usually don’t have two terrible halves. I kind of returned to the form I expect for myself and we started moving the football.”
The first half Rodgers spoke of included actually helping the Patriots to seven of those 21 points thanks to just the fourth pick-six of his career. New England cornerback Jack Jones jumped a route on the outside and ran 40 yards to the house in the second quarter to cut a bonus possession for the Packers short. It had come after outside linebacker Rashan Gary strip-sacked Hoyer, knocking him out of the game and gifting Green Bay with possession. Rodgers’ pass on the next series was intended for de facto No. 1 receiver Allen Lazard, but it ended up as just the second pick six he’s ever thrown in front of his home crowd at Lambeau Field. Rodgers had a halftime passer rating of 11.2.
From there, things got a lot better for the Packers and their QB. The opening drive of the second half saw more passing yards from Rodgers than the two previous quarters combined. Green Bay drastically improved on third down, going from converting one of five attempts to five of nine in the second half. Even so, it wasn’t up to the caliber Rodgers and the Green Bay staff anticipate from a team expected to make a deep playoff run this season.
It speaks to the larger fact that Green Bay doesn’t know…
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Publish date : 2022-10-03 01:43:53
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