Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gestures to the
sidelines during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills on
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
GREEN BAY — Despite
having their five-game winning ended, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay
Packers still control much of their postseason destiny.
Now if they can just
get their offense to look as it did for most of the season.
Even after the worst
statistical performance of Rodgers' career, the Packers (10-4) still
have solid playoff prospects — if they win their final two games.
Doing so would give
them the NFC North title.
That would mean
winning at Tampa Bay next Sunday and then beating the Detroit Lions at
Lambeau Field on Dec. 28.
But first, Rodgers
and the rest of the Packers offense need to get back on track.
In Sunday's 21-13
loss to the Bills, Rodgers was 17 of 42 — the 25 incompletions were
a career high — for 185 yards with no touchdowns and two
interceptions for a passer rating of 34.3, the lowest mark of his
Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is tackled by Buffalo
Bills' Nigel Bradham (53) in the end zone for a safety during
the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014,
in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won the game 21-13.
He entered the game
as the NFL's highest-rated passer (119.0) with 35 touchdown passes and
only three interceptions.
"I know Aaron
didn't feel very good the way it panned out," coach Mike McCarthy
said Monday, as the Packers turned their attention to the Buccaneers
(2-12) and a trip to Tampa, Fla., where Rodgers is 0-2 as a starter.
"(But) I look
for him to have a big game in Tampa."
Rodgers did not speak
to reporters during Monday's availability session — his scheduled
day is Wednesday — but he reiterated McCarthy's stance on the
playoff picture and took the blame for the loss after the game.
"It wasn't my
best day by any stretch of the imagination," Rodgers said.
"I've got to play better for us to win, and I expect more of
everything is right in front of us. We win out, we still win the
North. We're a tough team, a good football team, and we just didn't
play very well on offense."
Bay Packers fans react during the second half of an NFL football
game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in
Orchard Park, N.Y.
No, they didn't.
Against a Bills defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown passing in the
past four games, Rodgers didn't get much help from his receivers, who
by the coaches' count dropped nine passes.
"We had all
sorts of chances and just didn't make them, for whatever reason,"
said leading receiver Jordy Nelson, who dropped what could have been a
94-yard touchdown when he was wide open late in the third quarter.
drop could have won the game for us. We've got to make those no matter
how easy or hard they are."
A second loss to the
Lions, who haven't won a game in Wisconsin since 1991, would give them
the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Packers.
Having won all seven
of their home games this season, McCarthy, Rodgers and others have
acknowledged that the No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage
throughout the NFC playoffs is their goal. But the loss to the Bills
made that more difficult for Green Bay.
Sunday's game as the league's highest-scoring offense, the Packers
failed to score multiple touchdowns for the first time since their
Week 3 loss at Detroit.
Tom Clements was brusque in his answers to questions about Rodgers and
"It just wasn't
working," Clements said. "We didn't play as well as we had
been playing. You have to give them credit. They won the game, they
scored more points than we did, but we certainly weren't at our
NOTES: McCarthy did
not have an update on right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who suffered a
concussion against the Bills. Clements, however, said, "I think
Bryan will be available." ... Cornerback Davon House, who
suffered a shoulder injury against Atlanta on Dec. 8, said he won't
play Sunday but is "praying" to return for the finale
against the Lions.