Aaron Rodgers of Inexperienced Bay Packers plots path to playoffs after loss

MINNEAPOLIS — Aaron Rodgers pledged one factor.

It wasn’t that the Green Bay Packers would “run the desk” — his mantra in 2016 after they have been 4-6 and gained out all the way in which to the NFC Championship {Game}.

It pertained to himself after one other missed alternative Sunday night time at Minnesota, the place the Packers fell to 0-6 on the street and 4-6-1 total with Sunday night’s 24-17 loss at U.S. Financial institution Stadium.

“I do know I’ve received to play higher,” he mentioned. “However I’ll. And we’ll put ourselves in place.”

And that is how Rodgers ended his postgame information convention.

Earlier than that, nonetheless, he acknowledged that even his finest won’t be sufficient to save lots of this season. Sure, they’ve 5 winnable video games contemplating their remaining schedule is tied with the Rams for the best within the NFL. However after shedding the tiebreaker to the Vikings, they may nonetheless miss the playoffs at 9-6-1.

“You may crunch the numbers there,” Rodgers mentioned. “I can let you know 8-7-1 will not get in although. I do not assume.

“We’re the place we’re at proper now record-wise. We’ll want some assist from some groups after which we have got to maintain our personal enterprise, you realize? We’ll must discover a method to win a recreation on the street. We’re 0-6 on the street. So we simply received to return dwelling, get some relaxation, beat Arizona … after which come again and beat Atlanta … then go to Chicago, a spot we have gained various instances, beat them … go to New York round Christmas, beat them …after which come dwelling towards Detroit, beat them. Get a little bit assist.”

Like he has been for many of this season, Rodgers’ play wasn’t horrible. He simply wasn’t as exact as in previous seasons. After the sport, he lamented overthrowing Davante Adams for what would have been a 20-yard landing within the fourth quarter and bouncing a go on the toes of rookie Equanimeous St. Brown, a throw he blamed on his grip. Per week earlier at Seattle, he bounced a key third-down go on the toes of Marquez Valdes-Scantling on the ultimate possession.

If the Packers miss the playoffs, will probably be the primary time they’ve accomplished so in consecutive years since Rodgers grew to become the starter in 2008. Final yr, he missed half the season with a damaged collarbone. This yr, he is began each recreation regardless of a Week 1 knee harm that he says is not an element.

“That is undoubtedly irritating,” mentioned Rodgers, whose lone Tremendous Bowl got here within the 2010 season. “Clearly, I’ve received much more grey within the beard than I did a number of years in the past. So I do know that soccer mortality catches as much as everyone, and also you by no means need to lose a season — particularly whenever you felt nice beginning the season about our prospects. However we will battle the following 5 weeks and put ourselves able to be within the dialog. Then hopefully it’s going to be sufficient, and like I all the time say, you’ve got simply received to get in. So we have got to win these 5 and see what occurs.”

Rodgers referenced the 2016 season, when the playoffs appeared like an extended shot with a 4-6 report.

The Packers are nonetheless on the lookout for the “galvanizing second” that Rodgers referenced 10 days earlier after the loss at Seattle.

“We’ll see what we’re manufactured from the final 5 weeks,” Rodgers mentioned. “Are we going to stay collectively in these powerful instances, or are we going to begin splintering? I would wish to assume the management is in place that we are able to stick collectively via no matter occurs, however these 5 weeks will present it.”


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