Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers might be losing a step or two this season with the Packers. / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers have consistently been one of the best teams in football over the past couple of decades. They have always had strong quarterback play and are routinely in the Super Bowl conversation. This season, however, has been a big struggle for the Packers to get going.

Here are three reasons the Packers have struggled this season:

1. Receivers Struggling To Create Separation

The Packers' wide receiver core has been subpar, to say the least. They dealt Davante Adams to the Raiders in the offseason and his absence has been felt. Rodgers doesn’t have the same kind of talent to work with and it’s hurt his performance and the offense as well. Christian Watson has played well and Randall Cobb has been out since week 6.

2. Subpar Rushing Defense

The Packers' defense has been one of the worst in the NFL. They are allowing 135.8 rushing yards per game which is 25th in the NFL. They have been one of the worst teams in the NFL at stopping the run and are allowing 4.8 yards per carry. This leads to long possessions on defense and less time they spend on the field on offense.

3. Aaron Rodgers Has Taken A Step Back

Aaron Rodgers had an argument for the best quarterback in the league for about a decade. His play has dropped off this season. Some of it, as mentioned before, is that his receivers aren’t the greatest. However, he deserves some of the blame as well, as he has gone 16 games in a row without throwing over 300 yards. Rodgers used to be able to put the team on his back and carry them for stretches. He just hasn’t been at that elite level this season.

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