The Green Bay Packers were arguably the most criticized team in football following a 38-3 Week 1 loss to Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers told the media there was no reason to freak out about the performance as it was just one game. He followed up those comments with an impressive game against the Detroit Lions in Week 2 on Monday night.
The veteran quarterback threw for 255 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-17 win at Lambeau Field. After the victory, Rodgers made it clear to reporters that he was well aware of the criticism following Week 1, adding it was nice to get the "trolls" of his back in Week 2.
“I think we maybe tried to show that we cared a little bit more tonight," Rodgers said, per Mark Maske of The Washignton Post. “... I just think people like to say a lot of bulls--t, and it’s nice to come back in here after a game like that.
"... I think that there’s even more now than when I started playing. There’s so many overreactions that happen on a week-to-week basis. So it’s nice to come out, have a good performance and get the trolls off our back for at least a week,” Rodgers added.
The Packers entered the 2021 season with high expectations, so fans were understandably frustrated after a Week 1 loss to New Orleans.
After a big win over the Lions, Packers fans can at least rest comfortably until Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers.