Aaron Rodgers: Packers ‘needed a kick in the ass’

Aaron Rodgers admittedly had a bad feeling about Sunday’s game while watching the Green Bay Packers work in practice following their bye week.

The Pack got hammered by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-10, their first loss after opening the 2020 season with four straight wins.

“I think we needed a kick in the ass a little bit,” Rodgers said after the game. “There’s a little bit of wake-up to stop feeling ourselves so much and get back to the things that got us to this position.

“I think this would be, unfortunately but fortunately, something we can really grow from.”

Green Bay grabbed a quick 10-0 lead, but Rodgers threw his first two interceptions of the season in the second quarter. One was brought back for a touchdown by Jamel Dean and the other was returned to the two-yard line by Mike Edwards, leading to 38 unanswered points by the Bucs.

“That s—t happens. I haven’t had a lot of those over the years,” said Rodgers, who’d previously only had two picks returned for touchdowns in his 16-year career. “I don’t feel like we ever got into a rhythm, even with the 10 points to start the game. They deserve credit, they got us out of our rhythm…and obviously I missed a few throws I usually hit.

“Those were frustrating plays, especially giving them basically 14 points. It obviously changed the momentum of the game.”

The Packers, who slipped a half-game behind Chicago (5-1) in the NFC North, will visit Houston this week.

“I don’t think you want to totally flush something like this,” Rodgers said. “You have to be as critical during the wins as you are during the stinkers. It’s important for us to realize the whys…There’s a lot to be learned from this game.”

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