Brett Favre explains why Aaron Rodgers is struggling, what Cowboys should do at QB

On Sunday the Packers looked really bad playing professional football. The apparent demise of Aaron Rodgers as a starting quarterback continued, with the Packers quarterback missing several easy throws and generally looking lost on the field.

As it happened, Sunday was also the day Brett Favre got honored at Lambeau Field for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So when he joined Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman in the booth, they were very interested in hearing what Favre thought might be bothering Rodgers.

Like the rest of us, Favre didn't have a clear-cut answer for why the man who was previously the best quarterback in the world was suddenly struggling.

It might just be as simple as Rodgers being mired in a slump.

"First of all, you play long enough you go through times, call it a slump. I haven't watched enough to be a critic, an expert on what his plays are," Favre said. "I think there are so many factors that go into it -- it gets to where it's a mental struggle to just block it out and play."

The problem is Rodgers play isn't just a 2016 thing. He's been bad for a while now, dating back to the middle of the 2015 season, when Green Bay got blasted by the Broncos, the eventual Super Bowl winner.

Rodgers admitted before this season that there was a heightened sense of urgency for the Packers heading into 2016, because they can see the potential for a window closing. It's possible he's not managing to R-E-L-A-X the way he has in previous years.

Instead he could be pressing.

"Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback and that's not going to change. Did he have spurts where you don't play as well? Sure. And then you press and when you press usually bad things happen," Favre said. "He needs a break or two. Will he get it today? Will he get it next week? I don't know but the guy's a great quarterback and that's the bottom line, who's struggled for whatever reason."

That's the thing about Rodgers and the Packers over the past 16 games or so. They've just been average offensively and there's no real explanation for it. Maybe Rodgers has slipped mechanically. Maybe he's stagnated with the coaching staff. Maybe the offensive schematics aren't creative enough.

No one can pinpoint exactly one thing, but it's been happening for too long to just be an aberration. The question is what exactly needs fixing. Even the guy who Rodgers replaced doesn't seem to know.

Favre does know what the Cowboys should do at quarterback, however. He thinks -- and this is despite being once replaced himself -- that Dallas should absolutely stick with Dak Prescott despite Tony Romo's impending return.

"I've always been a fan of Tony and that hasn't changed. But you can't look past how well Dak Prescott has played and how well they've played with him," Favre said. "So I think to break that chemistry like this, clutch plays in clutch times. I know Tony has done it, but I just feel like you can't break that right now."

This conversation took place during the fourth quarter of Dallas' big win over the Packers in Lambeau. So it was a little easier to say that Prescott should keep starting.

But you can't blame Favre. He sees what a fellow Mississippi man could produce as a rookie and it's hard not to believe Prescott's the guy right now for Dallas given the 5-1 start.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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