Aaron Rodgers is an all-world quarterback and the reigning back-to-back NFL MVP. But when he’s on the road in Tampa, he’s had an extremely rough go of it.
Struggling isn’t something that Aaron Rodgers does all that often and something you could argue that he’s never done consistently since he took over as the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback. That’s also something the franchise is hoping will keep up in the 2022 season after a disastrous Week 1 performance that was followed by a dominant Week 2 victory.
But now Rodgers and the Packers head to Raymond James Stadium in Week 3 for a matchup with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. And when the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback has visited Tampa (whether Brady has been there or not), he’s looked more like a quarterback that Bucs fans are all too familiar with: Jameis Winston.
Rodgers has quarterbacked the Packers four times at Raymond James Stadium and his numbers have been absolutely horrendous. Per Jacob Morley of 247Sports, he’s thrown for just 909 yards with only three touchdowns over those four games and has a shocking eight interceptions in that span.
Oh yeah, he and Green Bay are also just 1-3 playing in Tampa.
Aaron Rodgers has been awful against Buccaneers in Tampa
Actually, that’s not even the worst of it. Morley notes that Rodgers, who has been famously terrific with protecting the football, only has four games in his entire career in which he’s thrown three interceptions. Two of those games were among the four he’s played at Raymond James Stadium.
Now, there is some merit to the notion that the Bucs have traditionally fielded a great defense, but even then, Rodgers turning into a turnover-happy quarterback akin to Winston is truly wild. And if you think that the Jameis comparison is too extreme, Winston infamously had a 30-touchdown, 30-interception season in his final year with Tampa Bay. If you extrapolate Rodgers’ career starts at Raymond James over a 16-game season (what was played at the time), he would have 12 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.
Rodgers will try to turn that narrative around on Sunday at the helm of an offense that is trying to rebuild itself after the Davante Adams departure this offseason. If there’s a silver lining for Packers fans, though, it’d be harder for the signal-caller to be much worse than he has been in Tampa.
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