Aaron Rodgers tracker: Unforgettable, awful opener for Packers vs. Saints in Jacksonville

Safid Deen
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Oh, the drama. 

Aaron Rodgers' long-lived career with the Green Bay Packers is nearing its end, and someone needs to keep track of all the twists and turns along the way. 

This Aaron Rodgers tracker will keep tabs on the superstar quarterback as he navigates his 17th NFL season — one that could be his last and almost didn't happen at all.

After a volatile offseason, Rodgers contemplated retirement before the 2021 season, he told Fox Sports during an interview before Sunday's opener against the New Orleans Saints. 

“I don't think I have anything left to prove on the field,” Rodgers said during the interview. “I think it's more about the enjoyment and happiness and quality of life that this game has afforded me over the years, and being able to 100% commit to everything that my job entails. And there were many times during the offseason that I didn't think I was fully ready to do that.”

Is he ready now?

Here’s how Rodgers is coming along this season:

Week 1: vs. Saints (in Jacksonville)

Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) covers his ears in the huddle during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: IMAGN-451483 ORIG FILE ID:  20210912_twg_gb3_050.JPG

Well, that was unexpected.

Rodgers and the Packers struggled mightily offensively, falling behind 17-0 at halftime and then getting blown out early in the fourth quarter. 

Saints 38, Packers 3.

Rodgers was benched with just under 11 minutes left to play. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 133 yards before second-year backup Jordan Love replaced the reigning league MVP. Rodgers also threw two interceptions in the second quarter that turned the game on its Green Bay cheese head.

New Saints starter Jameis Winston, who threw five touchdowns with 14 of his 20 passes, outplayed Rodgers.

Maybe, the New Orleans Saints were onto something. Needing to move their opening home game due to Hurricane Ida, they thought of every possible scenario, including Rodgers’ 3-4 career record in the state of Florida.

Choosing to play in Jacksonville paid off for the Saints.

Looking ahead for Rodgers, Packers

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions, 8:15 p.m. (Monday)

Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.

Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Week 6: at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Week 7: vs. Washington Football Team, 1 p.m.

Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals 8:20 p.m. (Thursday)

Week 9: at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.

Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

Week 12: vs. Los Angeles Rans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 13: Bye

Week 14: vs. Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m.

Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Week 16: vs. Cleveland Browns, 4:30 p.m.

Week 17: vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m.

Week 18: at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.