NFL Week 9 Grades: Packers Get ‘D’ in Aaron Rodgers Crash Game; Jets earn ‘A+’ for upset win over Bills

The Packers spent some time trying to add a receiver at the NFL trade deadline, but perhaps they should have been looking for a new quarterback.

In what will probably be remembered as one of the worst games of his career, Aaron Rodgers had a three-interception meltdown on Sunday during Green Bay’s stunning 15-9 loss to the Lions. It wasn’t necessarily shocking that the Packers lost, but it was shocking how they lost: They just couldn’t put up points while facing one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

Entering Week 9, the Lions are averaging 32.1 points per game, which is the worst in the league by more than five points. If the Packers were going to solve their offensive problems against someone, the Lions seemed like a good candidate. However, this did not happen, and it did not happen because of Rodgers, who made numerous mistakes that were completely out of character for him.

Rodgers threw two of his three interceptions inside the red zone, marking the first time in his career that he threw multiple red zone picks in the same game. Two were intercepted in the end zone, both clearly Rodgers’ fault. On the first one, which came after a field goal from Detroit’s 5-yard line, Rodgers threw the ball low and it bounced off a defender’s helmet before being picked off by Kerby Joseph.

The next red zone pick came on the next possession. On fourth-and-goal from the Detroit 1, the Packers made a perfect play called: Offensive lineman David Bakhtiari had the right to catch a pass and was wide open, but Rodgers threw it and Aidan Hutchinson came up with the pick.

That’s usually a throw Rodgers can make in his sleep, but the 2022 version of Rodgers just isn’t as accurate.

Rodgers then completed a hat trick of interceptions when he threw his third pick of the day on a second down play in the third quarter.

There were a few other throws where it looked like the Packers might be able to make a big play, but Rodgers just didn’t pay enough attention to it.

Rodgers did throw for 291 yards and a touchdown, but he made too many mistakes, something he almost never does against division rivals. That game marked the first time since 2013 that he threw multiple interceptions against a division opponent.

At 3-6, the Packers’ season isn’t over, but it’s hard to see them rebounding with the way they’re playing on offense. They have now lost five games in a row and their season seems to be spiraling out of control.

Alright, let’s get down to the grades for each game in Week 9. If you’re looking for more in-depth coverage of the Eagles’ win over the Texans on Thursday, be sure to click here.

Detroit 15-9 over Green Bay

Packers at Lions grade by John Breach (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

LA Chargers 20-17 over Atlanta

Chargers at Falcons classes by John Breach (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Jacksonville 27-20 over Las Vegas

Raiders at Jaguars grade by John Breach (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Cincinnati 42-21 over Carolina

Panthers at Bengals grade by John Breech (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

NY Jets 20-17 over Buffalo

Bills-Jets Grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New England 26-3 over Indianapolis

Colts-Patriots grades by John Breech (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Minnesota 20-17 over Washington

Vikings-Commanders Ratings by Jordan Dayani (Love Ratings? Hate Ratings? Let him know on Twitter.)

Miami 35-32 over Chicago

Dolphins-Bears Grades by Garrett Podell (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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