Aaron Rodgers was inefficient in his first game back since suffering a broken collarbone on Oct. 15.
The Green Bay Packers (7-7) are on the brink of playoff elimination following a 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Green Bay would be officially eliminated if the Atlanta Falcons defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Rodgers characterized the game as a “disappointment.”
The Packers quarterback was 26-for-46 passing for 290 yards to go with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. His performance was up and down, to say the least. He was naturally rusty in his first game since mid-October. He missed on several throws and the interceptions were just bad passes.
“Felt fine. I just missed some throws I’m used to hitting,” Rodgers admitted after the contest, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
This season is pretty much a wrap for the Packers. It would be wise for Green Bay to shut down their franchise quarterback for the remainder of the season so he can focus on season year. That move would benefit Green Bay for two reasons. One, the Packers would get a refreshed and healthy Rodgers in 2018. Two, Green Bay could continue to showcase Brett Hundley, a young quarterback who should garner some trade interest. The more Hundley puts on tape the more assets the Packers could get for him.
It would behoove the Packers to rest No. 12.