Mid-Season Report: Disappointing Veteran Quarterbacks

With Week 9 over and done with, the NFL is officially halfway through the 2022 regular season. That means it's time to check in on the progress of various teams and players. Here are three veteran quarterbacks who have let their teams down so far this year.

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams have looked nothing like last year's Super Bowl champions in the 2022 regular season, and they have the struggles of their passing attack to blame. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has had a largely putrid year despite the continued excellence of wide receiver Cooper Kupp, throwing eight interceptions, taking a staggering 28 sacks, and managing a meagre 5.52 net yards per passing attempt. As a result, the 3-5 Rams rank 29th in scoring and 27th in turnovers.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Last year's top-seeded Green Bay Packers took a major risk when they traded away All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams this past offseason, and they appear all but certain to regret it nine games through the 2022 regular season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has proven completely incapable of building chemistry with the players his team drafted to replace Adams: rookie wide receivers Romeo Doubs and Christina Watson have combined for 402 yards at a pathetic 6.3 yards per target. The 3-6 Packers rank an embarrassing 27th in points scored despite a relatively potent run game, and Rodgers' 10 turnovers through nine games put him on pace for a career-high.

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos

Perhaps no offseason addition has proven more of a letdown than Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson. The former Seattle Seahawk has failed to find a rhythm so far with his new team, leading them to a 30th ranking in points scored and a 3-5 record. He hasn't had the turnover problems that Rodgers and Stafford have, and he tops them both in net yards per passing attempt, but a league-worst red zone success rate and a 31st-ranked third down conversion rate have kept his team to a pathetic 15.1 points per game. If he doesn't improve, the Broncos may come to regret the massive trade package they gave up to acquire him and the extension that tied them to him for the foreseeable future.
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