The fact he has also played with little self-confidence and has been a shrinking violet on the field is hardly news to his teammates.
"It's not just about your quarterback play, it's about how you lead off the field as well, and on the field," receiver Greg Jennings, a former Packer, said. "How you command the huddle. How you demand things of your teammates. I think (Ponder's) had an opportunity to see that."
Jennings believes the benching could have helped.
"Anytime you have to take a back seat, anytime you have to sit down for a minute, it gives you time to reflect and I think he's done that," Jennings said.
Of course Jennings, who combined with Rodgers for 425 receptions and 53 touchdowns in the previous seven seasons before joining Minnesota as a free agent, has also offered up some bulletin-board material for Rodgers, criticizing the All-Pro's leadership skills in an offseason interview.
"If Aaron knows me like he's known me the past seven years, then he knows I'm not one of those guys that wishes ill on anyone or just tries to stand out and be apart from the team," Jennings said. "Hopefully, he knows that."
Hope may be all Minnesota has because, along with all its QB troubles, the Vikings sport one of the NFL's worst pass defenses.
The one issue that could derail Green Bay is health. The Packers played without linebackers Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Brad Jones as well as Cobb and Jones last week. Jones is the only one who could return this time but now Finley is sidelined.
"We're going to have 46 guys lined up against the Minnesota Vikings and we're going to the Metrodome to win," McCarthy said.
In Minnesota right now the players don't believe in the coaches, the coaches think the players aren't executing their schemes, and everyone believes the GM is hamstringing them with bad personnel decisions.
It's a toxic environment and many have already speculated that Spielman and the Vikings coaching staff will ultimately lose their jobs but for now the Vikings will try to turn things around by going back to a quarterback they had already given up on in Ponder.
"Like I said before, it's getting out there and relaxing and having fun. I think these first three games I wasn't having fun and I think guys noticed that. Obviously, I played poorly," Ponder said.
Rodgers, on the other hand, has a career passer rating of 116.4 against the Vikings, connecting on 232-of-328 passes (70.7 percent) for 2,840 yards and 24 TDs with only four INTs. The 116.4 rating is No.1 in NFL history for any QB against a single opponent.
This one is too easy for the Packers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Packers 34, Vikings 10