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Cheese Curds, 11/6: How can the Packers fix Aaron Rodgers?

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Is the knee injury the reason for his struggles throwing the football, or is there something more to it?

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Anyone watching the Green Bay Packers this season can tell that something is off with Aaron Rodgers. The two-time MVP isn’t playing anywhere near his normal high standard of football, looking truly ordinary at times.

Sure, Rodgers’ mobility and ability to step into his throws has been limited by his left knee injury, but without a brace on Sunday night Packers fans should reasonably have expected some improvement in that area. Instead, Rodgers still was not showing his trademark accuracy and threw several ugly passes while falling backwards. That all combined for one of the uglier stat lines of the season, as he completed just 56% of his passes at 6.02 yards per attempt.

Perhaps issues with the Packers’ offensive scheme are compounding Rodgers’ physical limitations. After Sunday’s game, he discussed needing to feed his top receiver a bit more (more on that in a moment) but he just doesn’t seem comfortable, either with the playcalls or the personnel on the field.

Ultimately, Rodgers still isn’t the reason the Packers are losing games this season, as he has only thrown one interception (though he has fumbled six times). It’s just that too often this year he isn’t winning games either. Let’s look at more on Rodgers in today’s curds.

Aaron Rodgers’ lack of accuracy, zip concerning | Packersnews.com
This piece helps describe some of the thoughts that I had while watching Sunday’s game. Although Rodgers has typically been able to throw accurately and with great velocity despite bad mechanics, that doesn’t appear to be the case this year. At one point it got so ugly that I thought I was watching Alex Hornibrook floating passes to his receivers a few times instead of the most talented quarterback ever to play the game.

Aaron Rodgers' recipe for saving the season: feed Davante Adams - ESPN
I can't say I disagree with this plan, though — Adams saw a drop in targets on Sunday to nine, well off the 14 he had averaged over the previous three games.

Packers rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling proves he’s no fluke | Packers Wire
That's another 100-yard game for the rookie, who keeps making big play after big play. Every one of MVS's three catches went for at least 24 yards, including his deep 51-yard bomb that set up the Packers' tying touchdown.

Expectant father JK Scott appreciated Packers’ contingency plan | Packers.com
The Packers had a plane chartered and ready to send Scott back to Green Bay if his wife went into labor on Saturday or Sunday, which was indeed the reason the team signed punter Drew Kaser on Saturday. Scott shouldn't miss next week's game, either, as his wife will be induced mid-week and the Packers will play at home.

Sharrif Floyd suing Dr. James Andrews for $180M - NFL.com
Andrews, who moved his practice to the Green Bay area recently, is accused of negligently administering a pain blocker that caused permanent muscle and nerve damage in Floyd's right leg.

Michigan man flips ex-wife's car after argument, points crossbow at police | Click On Detroit
Is Michigan Man the new Florida Man? This disgruntled individual used a front-loader to flip over a car then got belligerent with police when they arrived on the scene.