The future Hall of Famer wasn’t himself in 2018 Jake Ryan Jersey White , a big reason why the only NFL head coach he’s ever known is now unemployed."Over two weeks, Acme Packing Company will break down the Green Bay Packers’ 2018 roster position-by-position, providing our grades for each spot and looking ahead to free agency. Today, we begin with the quarterbacks.The Green Bay Packers had one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history start 16 games in 2018. The fact that the team went 6-9-1 is a function of that quarterback not playing up to his ability, but also likely due to injury and the coaching staff not working to keep him at the standard he has set in the past.Still, this is the fourth straight season that Aaron Rodgers’ numbers have been disappointing relative to a stellar six-year stretch from 2009 to 2014. Hopefully a new head coach will be able to get the 35-year-old back on track in 2019.Starter: Aaron RodgersStarted all 16 gamesPassing Stats: 372-597 (62.3% completions), 4,442 yards (7.4 Y/A), 25 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; 97.6 passer ratingRushing Stats: 43 carries, 269 yards (6.3 YPC), 2 touchdownsWhat a weird year for a quarterback. Rodgers’ yards per completion rebounded in 2018, jumping back up to 11.9 after three straight seasons around 11.0. That helped his yards per attempt reach 7.4 Womens Marwin Evans Jersey , his highest mark since an 8.4 number in his last MVP season in 2014. He also set the NFL’s lowest mark for single-season interception rate, throwing just two picks for a rate of 0.3% while setting a record for most consecutive attempts without an interception.And all the while, Rodgers struggled with his accuracy, missing deep balls that were routine for him. His footwork seemed off, as he would throw from odd platforms even when protected well. And on third downs, Rodgers too often held the football rather than throwing to open receivers, taking 49 sacks this season — two short of his career-high in a single season.A knee injury that Rodgers suffered in week one clearly affected him all year. It seemingly impacted his mechanics, even when that knee became less of an issue later in the season. There is reason to suspect that a multitude of other minor ailments bothered Rodgers this season as well, which could help explain some of the consistent issues he displayed.However, the Packers’ offense looked at its best when Rodgers was getting the football out of his hands quickly and in rhythm. Ironically, the best example of this was in the second half of the opening game, when he returned to the field in the third quarter and led the team to a thrilling comeback win over the eventual NFC North champion Chicago Bears. In that game, Rodgers was precise Justin Vogel Jersey White , he was decisive, and he looked like the Rodgers we all knew and expected.After that, it fell apart, as he and Mike McCarthy seemingly could not get on the same page. With McCarthy out and Matt LaFleur in, it’s time for Rodgers to do some serious self-scouting and buy in to the new offense that will start being installed this April.Backup: DeShone KizerActive for 16 gamesPassing Stats: 20-42 (47.6% completions), 187 yards (4.5 Y/A), 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; 40.5 passer ratingRushing Stats: 5 carries, 39 yards (7.8 YPC), 1 fumbleKizer saw action in three games this season, first filling in for Rodgers in the first half of the first game against the Bears, then taking one knee in a convincing win over the Falcons and finally playing most of the final contest against the Detroit Lions. In that time, he was responsible for exactly zero points for the Packers and seven points for their opponents Womens Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey , courtesy of a Khalil Mack pick-six.Kizer’s athletic ability was clear, especially against the Lions, when he ran four times for 40 yards. His arm strength is there as well. However, his presence in the pocket still needs significant work, and his accuracy and decision-making are both terribly inconsistent.Third String: Tim BoyleNo statsThe big-armed Boyle was a preseason darling, as he showed off his cannon on multiple occasions. However, he was only an insurance policy for the Packers this season, as he suited up on game day only a few times in the immediate aftermath of Rodgers’ knee injury.Overall Grade: CWas it a down year for Rodgers? You bet. But it wasn’t his worst season as a starter, which was undoubtedly that ugly 2015 season. Furthermore, the knee injury he suffered in week one taints the entire campaign, and the Packers’ injury issues and lack of experience at wide receiver complicate the grading as well.Ultimately, we settled on a C grade for this unit. While dealing with the challenges mentioned above, Rodgers was probably the single biggest reason why the team won as many games as it did http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-demetri-goodson-jersey , and he was historically good at avoiding turnovers. Thrilling comebacks against the Bears in week one, the 49ers in week six, and the Jets in week 16 can be almost solely attributed to the quarterback. And yet, too often he missed or passed up open receivers, he threw the ball away at a stunning frequency, and he was one of the biggest reasons for the team’s issues with converting on third down.Meanwhile, Kizer played so little that his performance barely factors in here at all, though his individual grade probably deserves an F for his handling of the second quarter of the Bears game alone.Getting Rodgers’ play back into the A range will be job number one for new head coach Matt LaFleur. If he can get Rodgers’ yards per attempt back up around 8 or higher next year, that should put him back squarely in the MVP conversation and should return the Packers to serious playoff and championship contention. It was not the prettiest game of the season on Sunday afternoon, but the Green Bay Packers (6-8-1) found a way to knock off the New York Jets, 44-38, to avoid a winless road schedule in 2018 and clinch third place in the division standings.Behind Aaron Rodgers’ 442-yard passing day and two rushing touchdowns, the Packers were able to escape New York with an overtime win despite improbable chances early in the fourth quarter. Green Bay will finish up its schedule with an NFC North tilt against the Detroit Lions next week.Perhaps the more intriguing divisional matchup in Week 17 is Minnesota’s home matchup with Chicago. After the Bears’ ugly win in San Francisco and some Christmas luck for the Vikings in Detroit Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey White , each team has its eyes set on the playoffs. While the Bears are locked in and can improve their playoff position next week, the Vikings’ season hinges on their ability to get a win or get help from a down-and-out Arizona squad.Some updates on those scenarios and what’s next for the Lions in today’s rundown.Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1)Won 27-9 at Detroit; Next vs. ChicagoReady or not, Vikings’ playoff fate comes down to final gameWin and they’re in. Minnesota can also clinch a postseason spot if it loses, but could also still earn the fifth spot. Those scenarios can be found in this article.5 Takeaways from the Vikings Win Over the LionsA “Hail Merry Christmas!” worked to perfection for Minnesota, but penalties did not. Those were two observations from Sunday’s game.Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell inactive for Lions gameIn what appeared to be a healthy scratch, the former first round pick Treadwell was inactive once again for the Vikings. The third-year pro would seemingly be on thin ice in Minnesota.Detroit Lions (5-10)Lost 27-9 vs. Minnesota; Next at Green BayLions assured of last-place finish after loss to VikingsDetroit will officially finish at the bottom of the division for the first time since 2012, thanks in part to finishing on the other end of a converted Hail Mary once again.Detroit Lions stock watch: DeShawn Shead struggles; Zach Zenner doesn’tOne corner looked promising while another was...not so much. Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ wide receivers also struggled as Detroit averaged just 3.6 yards per passing play.Buckle up. The Lions are headed for even more turnover.The Lions were not supposed to be a project when Matt Patricia took over as head coach and recent player comments suggest that not all have bought in to the new regime. More offseason changes look to be around the corner to improve the roster.Chicago Bears (11-4)Won 14-9 at San Francisco; Next at MinnesotaNFL shifts Bears-Vikings start to 3:25 p.m. because of playoff implicationsFive games with playoff implications will be played simultaneously in the later afternoon game next Sunday and the Bears-Vikings matchup will be one of them.Bears need Rams loss in Week 17 to earn first-round playoff byeChicago has minimally secured the NFC’s third seed and will play for a chance to tout a first round bye next Sunday with a win and an LA Rams loss.Bears-49ers postgame: Bears win ugly in 14-9 nail biterA mini brawl and “cute” offensive tricks were two of the quick-hitters from Sunday’s close game.