The Green Bay Packers (3-4) drop one in Landover to the Washington Redskins (3-4), 23-21, inside FedEx Field.
Green Bay has now lost three games in a row and haven’t had anything to hang their hat on through seven games.
Matt LaFleur is lost in figuring out his teams offense, which is supposed to be his specialty. Aaron Rodgers, the back-to-back MVP, is a shell of himself and has been very mediocre this season (by NFL standards, not by his standards). The best defense (paper edition) for Green Bay in years is as strong as tissue paper.
Other than that, this team is lost, soft, and to put it most simply, bad.
The Packers jumped out to a 14-3 lead after a pick-six early in the second quarter.
Washington scored a touchdown to cut it to 14-10, and after more ineffective Green Bay offense, it was halftime. Aaron Rodgers had a putrid 47 halftime passing yards.
Washington started the second half with the ball at their own 25 yard line. Curtis Samuel took a jet sweep for 15 yards and on the next second down, Taylor Heinicke went deep to Terry McLaurin for a 37-yard touchdown over Jaire Alexander to give Washington a 17-14 lead. You knew it was trouble for Green Bay at that point.
The Packers responded with a three-and-out with a very inaccurate throw by Aaron Rodgers on the third down play. Just exemplifying a terrible afternoon (and season for that matter) for the offense.
Meanwhile, Taylor Heineke had no problem moving Washington into Green Bay territory, ultimately leading the team to a field goal and a 20-14 lead.
The Packers found themselves with a 4th-and-1 from the Washington 37, trailing 20-14 with 11:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. Run the ball with Aaron Jone or AJ Dillion? Of course not! Rodgers threw an incomplete pass to Doubs, who deserves some blame for dropping the pass. But it did appear watching live that Sammy Watkins missed a blocking assignment that threw off the play.
Heineke hit Curtis Samuel for a 26-yard play, which a frustrated Eric Stokes took a 15-yard penalty after the play. After Washington killed more time, they added another field goal to take a 23-14 lead with 6:42 left in the ball game.
The next Green Bay possession was more of the same, but Watkins was able to draw a hands-to-the-face penalty which led to a first down. Amari Rodgers caught an out route and made a nice move to get the first down with 5 minutes left. Aaron Rodgers went deep to Amari Rodgers again on the very next play, but it was just out of reach for Amari.
To give you an idea how injured the Packers receivers are, Aaron Rodgers’ next throw went to Samari Toure for his first career reception to bring up a third-and-six. Following an incomplete pass, Washington was called for another hands-to-the-face penalty to give Green Bay another first down. Green Bay continued to dink-and-dunk until they were able to draw a defensive pass interference penalty on a deep pass to Robert Tonyan with 3:33 remaining. Then Rodgers went deep to Aaron Jones, who made a heck of a catch, for a touchdown to bring Green Bay to within 23-21 with 3:26 left and all three timeouts.
Washington had a third-and-nine with 2:13 left, Heineke hit McLaurin on a comeback to convert for a first down. Jaire Alexander was in coverage again, just a brutal fail by No. 23.
Washington was forced to punt with 29 seconds left and was fair caught by Amari Rodgers with 23 seconds left at the Green Bay 18. Rodgers went deep to Watkins to the Green Bay 46 yard line and spiked the ball with 5 seconds left.
For one last chance what we thought would be a Hail Mary attempt, Rodgers hit Tonyan over the middle, and after a litany of laterals and a meaningless flag, the game was over.
The Green Bay offense is totally broken, and it’s hard to see how it can be remotely fixed. But with the late announcement of David Bakhtiari being inactive, the offensive line of Zach Tom, Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers, Josh Runyan Jr. and Yosh Nijman seemed to hold up relatively well. Defensive pressure wasn’t the issue for the offense today, it was Aaron Rodgers and the receivers. The O-Line unit held their own today.
De’Vondre Campbell’s pick-six was awesome, but Rasul Douglas I thought had a pretty good game. Douglas was active and all over the field and very well should of had a touchdown of his own.
The defense played well in the first half. But after that? Nothing much, yet again.
This 2022 Green Bay Packers team is just not a good football team anywhere. They can’t get stops, they can’t move the ball, they can’t score points. It’s really hard to imagine anything other than more of the same going forward.
Aaron Rodgers is a broken quarterback. Yes, Green Bay is down some of their top receivers, but Rodgers has been very inaccurate and his decision making as been highly questionable. Oh, and a Halloween weekend road trip to Buffalo waits in the wings.
After an incomplete pass with 8:58 left in the third quarter, Aaron Rodgers was seen walking off the field saying “What the f*** are we doing?”
Everyone would love an answer to that.
Green Bay barely beat Bailey Zappe. Lost to an injured Daniel Jones. Lost to Zach Wilson. Lost to Taylor Heineke. Guess what, Josh Allen is up next.
The Packers will travel to Orchard Park, New York to play the Buffalo Bills (5-1) at Highmark Stadium. It’s the Sunday Night game so kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on NBC.
I’m seeing that Buffalo is opening as an 8.5 point favorite.
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