Everyone invested in the NFL overreacted when the Green Bay Packers lost big on opening weekend to the New Orleans Saints, 38-3.
There were talks of them having a terrible season after failing to score a touchdown.
But most of the derogatory comments were for reigning Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers, who finished the game with 133 yards and two interceptions.
Some say that he lost his drive to play football or protesting the front office’s unfair treatment of high-character veterans.
While Jameis was incredible, how about the Saints’ defense?
The 3 points scored by Green Bay are the fewest *ever* in a game that Aaron Rodgers started and did not leave early due to injury.
Just a dominant performance to start the season by New Orleans.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 12, 2021
There are even those who shared their views on social media that he lost his competitive drive.
However, the noise didn’t last long, and to borrow Dennis Green’s immortal quote, “They are who we thought they were.”
The Packers won three games since that disappointing defeat and regained their position as one of the NFC’s elite teams.
They released their frustration from the New Orleans game upon division rival Detroit Lions in Week 2 at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers completed 22 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns, three of which went to Aaron Jones.
Aaron Rodgers looked lost in his first game of the year, then played Detroit, popped off for 4 TDs
Justin Fields looked lost in his first start, now he’s playing Detroit & popping off
Thank you Lions for your perpetual role helping more interesting NFC North teams find themselves
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) October 3, 2021
He followed up his last five losses with games of four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
With this performance, the Super Bowl XLV MVP tied Drew Brees with 27 games with at least four touchdown passes and a passer rating of 125.
Jones also added a rushing touchdown while Robert Tonyan caught the other touchdown pass.
De’Vondre Campbell also led the defense with ten tackles and one interception.
In Week 3, the Packers had an intense battle with the San Francisco 49ers.
Jimmy Garoppolo converted a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Juszcyzk to take the lead, 28-27, with 37 seconds left in the clock.
But that was enough time for Rodgers to set up Mason Crosby for the game-winning 51-yard field goal.
These Packers fans in the stands in San Francisco knew Aaron Rodgers had everything under control. https://t.co/D0rNQ4No65
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) September 27, 2021
Packers Unpacking The Streak
“How can you not be romantic about football?”
That’s the statement Rodgers gave in one of the interviews after the San Francisco game.
More importantly, Packers fans will love their team again after getting consecutive victories.
Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, one to Davante Adams, who finished with 132 yards on nine receptions.
The 37-year-old quarterback also had a four-yard scoring run.
Aaron Rodgers: “How can you not be romantic about football, man”pic.twitter.com/og6gklYap9
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 27, 2021
Jones added 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught the other touchdown pass from Rodgers.
Green Bay continued its onslaught in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rodgers won his duel with Ben Roethlisberger by throwing for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
Both scores went to Randall Cobb, who finished with 68 yards.
Those two throws tie him with Dan Marino at sixth in the all-time passing touchdowns list with 420.
— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2021
Crosby also extended his consecutive field goals streak to 24, which dates back to 2019.
Green Bay is firing from all cylinders, leading the NFC North with a 3-1 record.
They look to continue their winning ways against the 3-1 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5.
"We took care of business today."
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 4, 2021