The first week of the NFL season always gives us some unexpected performances from players all over the field. Some exceed expectations and some fall flat, and this is especially prominent at the quarterback position. If a quarterback doesn’t meet expectations, it often costs their team the game because of how important the position is. Let’s look at who didn’t meet expectations in Week 1.
Quarterback #1: Aaron Rodgers
This one was obvious, right? After an offseason of contemplation and turmoil between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ front office, many expected the future Hall of Famer to look like his MVP self to show this organization they need him.
Instead, Rodgers played perhaps the worst game of his entire career, all while Jameis Winston looked like the NFL MVP on the other side. This wasn’t exactly the ideal start for a guy with something to prove to the organization in 2021. The game was hyped up as the game of the week, just for Green Bay to suffer an embarrassing 38-3 defeat.
According to passer rating, this was Rodgers’ fourth-worst game of his entire career. This is both impressive and shocking considering Rodgers has been playing NFL games since 2005. Rodgers threw 28 passes and completed 15 of them with zero touchdowns and two rough interceptions. This game is most likely just a fluke that Rodgers will recover from, but if it’s a sign of what’s to come, the Packers could be in a very awkward situation with Jordan Love.
Quarterback #2: Josh Allen
Josh Allen has played his way into being considered a top-five quarterback, at least according to most. Unfortunately, Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season wasn’t exactly a top-five performance. The Bills dropped their Week 1 game to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-16, in a game that could’ve been won if Allen stepped up. He just never really looked like himself throughout the game; he’d show flashes immediately followed by a turnover or a bad drive. It’s not something to get worked up about, and he said as much in his postgame comments, but every loss hurts.