Aaron Rodgers, 2021 MVP, struggled in his first game without WR Davante Adams. The Green Bay Packers quarterback was intercepted once and failed to power his team at the US Bank Stadium on Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings won 23-7.
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Adams and Rodgers played together since 2014. The Green Bay Packers in 2022 off-season traded the wide receiver for a record five-year, $141.25 million deal with Las Vegas. There, the 29-year-old, reunited with his former Fresno State teammate – QB Derek Carr.
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Without Davante Adams, Rodgers had rookie Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Aaron Jones to throw at. However, none of them had more than 37 yards receiving.
Adams, on the other hand, had 141 yards on 10 catches against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Rodgers threw for 195 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 67.6. He managed to hit Jordan Love in the final minute, for a TD, with the Packers trailing by 16 points.
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Watson, who was drafted to replace Adams, dropped Rodgers’ pass.and missed an easy touchdown.
Justin Jefferson started his third season with Minnesota by smashing Green Bay for 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns. After accumulating the most receiving yards (3,016) in a player’s first two years in the NFL, Jefferson set an all-time Vikings receiving record with 158 yards in the first half against a stacked Packers defense. Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 32 passes for 277 yards without a turnover.
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The Packers were trailing 20-0 before they could put together a scoring drive. Aaron Rodgers was sacked four times.
“Rodgers already missing Adams,” a Twitter user said.
“Rodgers missing Adams right about now…” another one added.
“what happened to Rodgers? is missing Devante Adams really holding the offense back that much?” a third one said.