Packers’ Aaron Rodgers takes blame for missed
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers used to thrive in these conditions: cold, snowy and under the lights at Lambeau Field. It’s when the Green Bay Packers quarterback has done some of his best work.
Instead, Rodgers missed open receivers, took a sack at an inopportune time and rendered last week’s season-saving upset of the Dallas Cowboys practically meaningless Thursday night in a 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field that dropped the Packers to 4-7.
And Rodgers knew it.
“I’ve got to throw the ball better than I did tonight,” Rodgers said after going 24-for-39 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. “Not a lot of margin for error for us and definitely not against a team that gives you some opportunities. We’ve got to have those plays.”
Among the ones Rodgers meant came in the fourth quarter, a play the Packers had to convert in order to mount any type of comeback.
Like on third-and-12 with 9:23 left, when he over-led a wide open Sammy Watkins across the middle, leading to a punt.
And on third-and-3 with 5:32 left, when he sailed a ball over Allen Lazard’s head and the Packers turned it over on downs after the next failed pass to Lazard.
And the 12-yard loss on a sack with 2:39 left that all but ended any hope of a turnaround.
After the win over the Cowboys, which snapped a five-game losing streak and seemed to energize the locker room, Rodgers said he “felt like I threw the ball just about exactly where I wanted it.”
He couldn’t explain why it felt so different on Thursday. Was it the conditions? His injured right thumb?
“I couldn’t tell you [or] point to one thing,” Rodgers said. “I’m not going to make excuses about my thumb. It’s been the same since [he hurt it against the] New York [Giants]. I don’t know. I’ve got to go back and look at it.
“I felt like fundamentally I was in a good spot. I just didn’t have the same type of consistent grip and ball coming out the same way. I threw a lot of kind of wobblers tonight. There was some wind. Just missed a few throws I…