U-G-L-Y. You Ain’t Got No Alibi.

The NFL can humble you very quickly. The Packers players learned that on Sunday and we fans were reminded of it. All the luster and shine of the Pack’s 7-1 start came crashing down in a performance that stunk in every phase.

I wasn’t surprised to see the defense struggle out of the gate, figuring the Chargers would respond to their new play caller. The fact that the defense was holding them to field goals provided hope that the Pack would take care of business once the offense figured things out.

But that never happened. The most perplexing aspect of this performance was the flat, uninspired play on the offensive side of the ball. From pre-snap penalties to a complete inability to block Joey Bosa. From turning Aaron Jones invisible to not adjusting to what the Chargers were throwing at them, the Pack and their head coach had no answers.

After the game, we heard all the usual cliches. ‘Maybe we needed a game like this. Maybe we were listening to all the praise. They were better prepared than we were.’ None of that holds water. Aaron Rodgers’ comment after the game raises eyebrows: “We’ve got to be honest about our routine and decisions we made in the last 48 hours and make sure that our heads are in the right place the next time we come on a big road trip.” Huh? What the heck does that mean? What decisions in the last 48 hours? Maybe he’s referring to the Za’Darius Smith traffic stop. I don’t know, but that sounds alarming to me.

The Pack had a grand total of 65 yards of offense through three quarters. How is that even possible with the talent on that side of the ball? Bulaga has had a fantastic season dealing with some of the best pass rushers in the league. But he had no answer for Bosa, and LaFleur did not provide any help for him all afternoon. The triumphant return of Davante Adams was supposed to help this offense reach another level. Not on this day.

The obvious question to ask is where does this team go from here? How do they respond? They’re still in first place in the NFC North and get to return to Lambeau next week before the bye. Next week’s opponent, the 5-3 Panthers, are led by a backup quarterback, but it’s Christian McCaffrey that makes them go and he will be a problem.

So the defense will have to figure out how to corral him and the offense will need to pick up the pieces. How LaFleur, his staff and the players bounce back on Sunday will give us a very good idea what this team is made of. Was this game just one of those clunkers that teams go through every now and then? Or was the 7-1 start a mirage? As Trent Tucker likes to say, ‘only time will tell, Davey.’

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4 Responses to U-G-L-Y. You Ain’t Got No Alibi.

  1. lynndickeyfan says:

    I should have known by my optimism for this game. The questions I can’t answer although have more to do with return of Adams. We seam to have gone mostly back to an offense the centered around, Adams is open, I’ll throw it to Adams. I would have liked to have seen , and maybe I missed it, the Pack go to a heavy set with Williams and Vitali earlier and try to hit that team in the mouth a bit. This was a real step back, and I think you really can say that the Pack lost all four facets of the game. They were out played on defense, offense, special teams, ant they were out coached as well.
    The plus size it this: This was a non divisional road game that we lost on the same day that the next closer team in the division also lost their game. Not exactly , no harm , no fool, but pretty close.
    Now we get see if we can respond against a team that we will know what they want to do. This is as much about coaching and scheme as it is about the talent of the players on the field.
    This team may have been over performing and daring us to dream a bit. I have to ask what the expectation for this team are? Win the division, that’s the goal this year in my mind. Anything and everything is cake.

  2. Packerlifer says:

    This one had “danger” written on it going in. The Chargers are a better team than their record and they had several losses that could have easily turned out wins instead. They are notorious for starting slow then catching fire later in the year. Part of what happened Sunday may have been the Pack just hitting them as they are starting their perenniel second half charge to or toward the playoffs. The flatness and disorder on the Pack’s side, though, is another matter. But it happens sometimes even to the best of teams. It’s fixable and we’ll be looking for evidence of that next Sunday back at Lambeau. The loss cost the Packers a chance to gain some separation in the Divison and improve their playoff seeding chances. But they’re still in first place by a game plus tiebreakers. They came out of the game without injury problems, as far as we know now at least. Hopefully they got the message and will be awake from now on.

  3. packertroll says:

    Just came here to listen to the sorrow. Interesting how these comments go crazy after every win and “the circumstances” that may have caused them. This week without controversy it is pretty boring. Don’t need to win every game but this was a big shock even for someone who wants them to lose. Was waiting for the comeback but they were a little life less, announcers were saying “if they don’t convert here” towards the end of the 3rd quarter… I expect pride to be through the roof next week. I look forward to more antagonistic banter.

  4. Purple troll says:

    Packer troll,the banter was the same on you’re side,interesting comments on why Vikings lost,no Mahomes,poor defense,erratic Cousins,terrible o line,it goes both ways,it will be very interesting to read the upcoming banter from the purple side!!

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