The challenges for Rodgers wouldn’t stop there — he would also fumble in the third after a strip-sack by Robert Quinn, leading to Rodgers’s first game with three turnovers in any stadium since 2009.
On what could be his worst outing in years, Rodgers completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 percent) for 241 yards and two touchdowns for a 82.8 passer rating. The last time the Packers got a win with Rodgers having a sub-90 passer rating was during Week 17 in 2013 against the Chicago Bears (85.2).
But it doesn’t matter: the Packers cruised to a 24-10 victory because even when Rodgers is bad, the offense he plays with is really good. So is the defense.
According to Football Outsiders, the offensive line is in the top 10 for adjusted sack rate (4.9 percent), which gives sacks (plus intentional grounding penalties) per pass attempt adjusted for down, distance, and opponent. So even if Rodgers is missing his receivers, he gets enough time in the pocket to read the field and make the throws — only Tyrod Taylor gets more time in the pocket.
Defensively, the Packers allow just 5.1 yards per play (seventh lowest in NFL heading into Week 5) and force a three-and-out 22 percent of the time (12th best), allowing Rodgers and the offense to have an off game without it costing the team.
Will this win be one that Packers fans gloat about in the coming weeks? Probably not, but it all looks the same in the standings, and it is enough to keep the Packers on the short list of Super Bowl contenders.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Aaron Rodgers completed 43.3 percent of his passes on Sunday, it was actually 63.3 percent.