Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy never could figure out how to win consistently without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
We’ll find out Sunday if Matt LaFleur has better luck.
Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Packers’ game at Kansas City. Second-year man Jordan Love, a 2020 first round draft pick, is set to make his first NFL start.
Since becoming Green Bay’s starting quarterback in 2008, Rodgers has missed 18 starts. The Packers are 6-11-1 in those games, a winning percentage of .361.
In that same time, Green Bay is 133-64-1 in games Rodgers has started (.674).
Here’s a quick look at how the Packers have fared without Rodgers:
Rodgers suffered a concussion in a Week 14 loss at Detroit. The Packers went to New England the following week, started Matt Flynn at quarterback and nearly pulled off a stunning win before falling 31-27.
McCarthy famously stated Green Bay was “Nobody’s underdog” before the game, and he was right. Flynn threw for three touchdowns, completed 24-of-37 passes for 251 yards and gave his team a chance to win at a place where the Patriots had been largely unbeatable.
The Packers’ inspired performance gave them the belief they could do big things. Rodgers returned the next week and led Green Bay on a six-game winning streak that was capped with a victory in the 45th Super Bowl.
Rodgers sat out the game to make sure he was fully healthy for the playoffs. In his stead, Flynn threw six touchdown passes and for 480 yards as the Packers rallied past the Detroit Lions, 45-41, to finish the season 15-1.
Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in a Week 9 loss to Chicago.
Seneca Wallace (0-1) was hurt the following week, and Scott Tolzien (0-1-1) wasn’t the answer. So the Packers resigned Flynn — who had been waived by Buffalo earlier that season — and he led them to a 2-2 mark.
Rodgers returned in Week 17 and guided the Packers past the Bears, 33-28, which gave Green Bay the NFC North title.
Rodgers suffered another broken collarbone, which meant 2015 fifth-round draft pick Brett Hundley got his chance to shine. It didn’t go well.
Hundley went 3-6 in his nine starts and Green Bay ended the year 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Hundley threw more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (nine), completed just 60.8% of his passes and had a quarterback rating of 70.6.