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Cheese Curds, 10/3: Can practice time get Rodgers & Packers offense back on track?

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Rodgers has just one practice day during the week since his knee injury, and that may be part of the reason for the offense’s struggles.

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We’re midway through the week, giving us a few days worth of time to reflect back on the comments made by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers regarding the team’s 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills. There still is little clarity on whether a rift truly exists between him and head coach Mike McCarthy, but it’s certainly clear that Rodgers was frustrated by the team’s lack of success on offense recently.

Part of the problem on Sunday was Rodgers himself, however, as he missed a handful of throws that he would typically make. A 22-for-40 day is pretty poor by Rodgers’ standards, and represents his lowest completion percentage over a full game in about two years (since a 23-for-45 day against the Giants in 2016). Drops were certainly a factor again, but these may be two symptoms of a single cause.

That possible cause is Rodgers’ lack of practice time since injuring his knee in week one. Yes, Rodgers did practice on Thursday last week, but that was the first non-Saturday practice he has participated in over the past few weeks. With the team returning to the practice field today, hopefully Rodgers will be able to work on a Wednesday as well to help ensure that his chemistry with his receivers gets back on track.

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