Aaron Rodgers Says Being Stuck In Green Bay Sucks

Aaron Rodgers Says Being Stuck In Green Bay Sucks

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night 30-16.

Now the Packers get a week off for their bye, before having to face off against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 18.

Normally a bye week is something to look forward to for veterans like Rodgers – but this year is different.

This year, the 36-year-old is stuck in Green Bay.

“It sucks, it totally sucks,” Rodgers said.

“Obviously it is what it is; especially as an older player, I look forward to the bye weeks. It is what it is. We’ll be here. We’ll make the most of it, but it sucks.”

Last week, the NFL and NFL Players Association instituted a new rule mandating that players and coaches cannot leave their home cities during bye weeks so they can be there for daily COVID-19 testing.

Rodgers’ reaction to being stuck in Wisconsin for slightly more time than completely necessary notwithstanding, he is coming off a great performance versus the Falcons.

He went 27 of 33 while recording 327 yards, four scores and zero picks. His QBR for the night was 96.9 and passer rating was 147.5.

Aside from being on house arrest in Green Bay, Rodgers seems to be in a good place.

“I like where we’re at,” he said after the game.

“I really do. I like the diversity in our approach. Again (coach) Matt (LaFleur) was really good kind of mixing it up with the calls. Obviously we had to do some different things without Davante, without Allen and without Marcedes, but I thought we had a nice plan and we executed really well.”

LaFleur, for his part, had nothing but praise for Rodgers.

“He’s one of those guys who’s self-motivated,” he said.

“It doesn’t take anything other than he wants to be the best. He usually is the best every Sunday when we’re out there. We’re fortunate to have him as our leader. He’s the one driving the ship out there.”

After this bye week, Green Bay has outings on the books against the Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.

On paper, at least, it feels like the team could easily escape with at minimum seven to eight victories from that group. From there, the final two games of the season would be against the Tennessee Titans and Bears – with only the former posing any legitimate threat.

That means there is a very conceivable scenario where Rodgers and the Packers finish this year out with anywhere from 12 to 13 wins.

Obviously this is a group that made it to the NFC Championship Game last year, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that they are good this season as well – but that mark would still be extremely impressive.

Does Rodgers have one more Super Bowl run left in him? It is certainly looking that way.

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Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7's go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.

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