Packers Limp Out of DC After Giving One Away

The signs were ominous two minutes into the game, when Jermichael Finley was carted off the field and Ryan Pickett and Donald Lee were also both lost for the game. We probably should have known right then it wasn't the Pack's day.

But the defense played inspired ball in the first half and Donovan McNabb and the Redskins offense was completely ineffective. The Pack however, only led 10-3 at the half, thanks to some very strange play calling at the goal line. 4th and goal at the one, no Finley, no Lee, Jennings and Driver on the sideline and Rodgers tries to find the rookie Quarless on a timing pattern that had no chance.

The lack of points would come back to haunt the Pack, just like the two second half timeouts they called on third down plays. The offense, despite moving up and down the field, continues to bog down on third down and the inability to convert and stop third down conversions is one of the marked differences between this year and last so far.

Things got ugly in the fourth quarter when Clay Matthews exited with a hamstring injury--early reports are that he'll sit for a week or two, putting his availability against #4 in doubt. Without Matthews, McNabb had time and was finally able to hookup with his wide receivers and Moss and Alecxander made some big plays.

This one is tough to swallow. If you are a legit Super Bowl contender, you put away teams like this. You can blame the injuries--there's no doubt the Pack has absorbed more than their share through five weeks. But when you have a 13-3 lead on a team that's searching for a rhythm you have to put them away and the Packers didn't finish the job. They had a chance at the end of regulation, but Mason Crosby's 53 yarder hit the left upright.

Finley will have an MRI tomorrow, but early reports say it's a hamstring injury and not a knee injury--early bets are that he'll miss 2-3 weeks. Pickett also looks like he'll miss some time. More ominous, we learned after the game that Rodgers suffered a concussion on his final throw in overtime. There's no guarantee he'll be available for the Dolphins next Sunday. All in all, a pretty disastrous day for the Green and Gold. How they respond to the meltdown in DC may very well define what the 2010 season becomes.

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