The Packers find themselves on the precipice of a lost year with half a season still to play — a near impossibility in the Aaron Rodgers era before 2022. After amassing 39 regular-season wins and two NFC Championship Game appearances in the team’s first three seasons under head coach Matt LaFleur, the wheels appear to have officially fallen off following a 15-9 defeat against the previously one-win Detroit Lions.
But for as bleak as things appear and as poorly as he admittedly played on his first three-interception day since 2017, Rodgers is still not ready to wave the white flag. “When I decided to come back it was all-in, and I don’t make decisions and then hindsight 20/20 have regrets about big decisions like that,” Rodgers told reporters when asked about his decision to forgo retirement over the offseason. “So it was all-in, and this is a lot of life lessons for sure this year. But luckily it’s not over. There’s a lot of games left. We’ll be counted out probably by many. And we’ll see how we respond.”
The offensive disappointments have become a common refrain for the 2022 iteration of the Packers. Already the 26th-ranked scoring offense coming into Sunday, Green Bay’s nine points are its worst scoring output since the season-opening 23-7 loss against Minnesota. It will be a tall task at this point to right the ship even if Green Bay does return most or all of those who left Sunday’s game injured in the near future. Despite Rodgers’ noticeable frustration throughout the loss, he still sees a course to do so.