Aaron Rodgers’ first game back since suffering a broken collarbone on Oct. 15 was inefficient.
The Green Bay Packers (7-7) are on the brink of playoff elimination following a 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Green Bay will be officially eliminated in the likely event that the Atlanta Falcons defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Rodgers characterized the game as a “disappointment.”
The Packers quarterback was 26-of-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 Oct. He missed on several throws and the interceptions were just simply 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 just focus on next year. That move will benefit Green Bay for two reason. One, the Packers will get a refreshed an healthy Rodgers back in 2018. Lastly, Green Bay can continue to showcase Brett Hundley, a young quarterback who should garner some trade interest from other teams. The more Hundley puts on tape the more assets the Packers will get for him.
It will behove the Packers to rest No. 12.