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Rodgers on Packers' big defeat to Saints: "We played bad. I played bad"

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacted to his team's disastrous NFL season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

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Rodgers on Packers' big defeat to Saints: "We played bad. I played bad"

Aaron Rodgers has described the Green Bay Packers' heavy defeat to the New Orleans Saints as a "good kick in the you-know-where", adding: "This is hopefully an outlier".

Rodgers suffered the heaviest loss of his illustrious NFL career as the Packers – who have reached the NFC Championship Game in each of the last two campaigns – opened their season with a 38-3 rout at the hands of the Saints on Sunday.

Rodgers registers lowest passer rating by newly-crowned MVP

After a tumultuous offseason, dominated by Rodgers' desire to leave the Packers, the reigning MVP had one of the worst outings of his career.

The superstar quarterback finished with just 133 passing yards (lowest since 2015), two interceptions and a 36.8 passer rating (lowest since 2014).

That passer rating is the lowest by a reigning NFL MVP in his first game of the subsequent season.

After the 35-point demolition, Rodgers said: "This is a good kick in the you-know-where to hopefully get us going in the right direction."

Rodgers added: "They beat us. They played way better than us. We played bad. I played bad.

"Uncharacteristic of how we've practiced in training camp, obviously how I've played over the years. This is hopefully an outlier moving forward. We'll find out next week."

Packers boss LaFleur laments "all-round poor performance"

"I don't even know how many stops we had on their offense the entire day," Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said.

"It was just an all-around poor performance. That starts with myself. Obviously didn't get these guys ready to play."