- The Packers deserved to lose this game. We play as an arrogant, aloof team at times – and there is no better example of this than the 2nd half of this game. We should have come out and put the game away and instead we came out flat with zero emotion. We were complacent, not focused, playcalling was really poor, there was terrible blocking, and overall, we had poor execution.
- Aaron Rodgers has not played well this year. His stats aren’t too bad today or overall this year, but he is not playing like he is able to play. And he’d probably be the first to tell you that. A couple years ago he had an ability to make the huge play at the huge moment to put opposing teams away. He’s not doing that this year. He and McCarthy both appear to be missing the killer instinct.
- Defenders of Rodgers will say “but he engineered a late TD and he drove us down for the FG attempt at the last second”. At that point though, it was too late. He had many other opportunities during the game to make something happen and he didn’t take advantage of it. His emotion in the 2nd half was questionable. And his lack of awareness in the pocket was poor. A few of the sacks were definitely the fault of the O-Line, but at least 2-3 of them were plays Rodgers would have done something positive with a year or two ago.
- The Cedric Benson injury hurt us. Green had one really good run of 41 yards but he had 8 rushes for 14 yards the rest of the time. Benson always gets 3-4 yards guaranteed but Green can’t do this, making it that much harder to get first downs.
- Jermichael Finley has gone from being a major matchup problem to being a liability. He wastes plays by dropping the ball as much as he does.
- Cut Mason Crosby. That was one of the worst big-moment kicks I’ve ever seen. He missed it by 30 yards. And his first FG attempt of 50+ wasn’t much better.
- There were some bad calls in this game that definitely did not help us, but that’s not why we lost this game. Not at all.
- As fans we may need to start shifting our expectations. At the risk of overreacting to a difficult loss, we might start thinking about the possibility this team could end up at .500. Upcoming games at Houston and at St. Louis have become must-win games both are really tough games. That said, I’ll hold out hope that we can at least split the next two (putting us at 3-4) and then, win the 2 that follow that at home, to be 5-4 at the bye week. Not very optimistic we can even do this, but I won’t throw in the towel just yet.