GREEN BAY, Wis. Aaron Rodgers did not play well Sunday. Well, at least that's how the Packers' quarterback viewed his own performance in the 31-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and finished with a 96.9 passer rating. He also scrambled five times for 36 yards. But the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player wasn't satisfied with completing 14 of 30 pass attempts for 218 yards.
"Passing, it was bad," Rodgers said after the game. "I wasn't on today. I didn't make a lot of good throws. I have to play better. I just wasn't in a great rhythm. I made a couple decent throws for touchdowns, but it wasn't one of my better games."
Many NFL quarterbacks wouldn't think of a four-touchdown game with such negativity, especially after a win. But Rodgers' high self-expectations are all part of the mentality that's helped him ascend to the top of the league at the most scrutinized position.