During Sunday's 15-9 loss to the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a temper tantrum after throwing his third interception.
With more than 11 minutes left in the third quarter and an 8-0 advantage for the Lions, it took place. Rodgers attempted to pass deep in the middle of the field to tight end Robert Tonyan on a 2nd-and-9 situation at the Lions' 22-yard line, but Kerby Joseph intercepted the pass. It was Joseph's second game-high interception.
Rodgers missed two excellent scoring opportunities in the first half by tossing interceptions inside the 5-yard line with one goal remaining. FOX cameras caught Rodgers yelling to himself after throwing the ball at this point because he was so frustrated
Packers supporters are not used to seeing this because Rodgers is typically regarded as being composed, cool, and collected. Rodgers was the one who famously told alarmed Packers supporters to calm down a few years ago, after all.
Unfortunately for the Packers, the loss to the Lions brought their skid to five games, giving the Vikings a five-game advantage over Green Bay in the NFC North. For Packers supporters, it is getting harder and harder to draw any positive conclusions from what they are witnessing on the field at this point.
Can Rodgers and the Packers make things better? The upcoming games against the Cowboys, Titans, and Eagles—teams that have all had strong first halves of their seasons—will make that difficult. As Rodgers muses over what the future may hold, he might want to cool off with a grape Crush soda.