Game Recap: Packers top Chiefs, 31-24, Improve to 7-1

Inhale. The Packers are 7-1. Exhale.

The Green Bay Packers (7-1, 3-0 NFC North) ran away with a win at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday night, topping the Kansas City Chiefs (5-3, 2-0 AFC West) 31-24 at one of the toughest places to play in the NFL.

The Packers were certainly not perfect, but they got the job done.

“That was a really good football game. Hard fought. We traded all the punches,” coach Matt LaFleur said at the post game press conference. “You gotta give Kansas City all the credit in the world. I thought both teams were really deserving of that game. I’m really proud of our effort and our guys. Like I said, we got hit in the mouth a little bit after being up 14-0, then down 17-14. But our guys, they’re really resilient. They didn’t quit, we stuck together and found a way to pull it out.”

Even without their prolific quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs still put up quite a fight against the Packers.

Green Bay stuck first, cruising right down the field on their first drive of the game for a touchdown. Wide receiver Jake Kumerow got involved quickly with a nice 14-yard catch and then an insane 34-yard grab to put the Packers in the red zone. Running back Aaron Jones finished off the job with a 4-yard reception to put Green Bay up 7-0 early.

The defense came up big in the first quarter, only allowing a field goal attempt for the Chiefs, which ended up going juuuuuuust wide left for the Packers to maintain their 7-0 lead.

Aaron Jones got involved again later in the quarter and found himself on the end of another big play.  This time a 50-yard catch that put the Packers in the red zone. His counterpart, Jamaal Williams, then rushed 1-yard for a touchdown to put the Packers up 14-0.

From there, things got ugly for a while for Green Bay. Kansas City scored 17 unanswered points to go up 17-14 at the half. First, tight end Travis Kelce found the endzone after a 29-yard catch. Then, the Packers defense continued to look lost in coverage and wide receiver Mecole Hardman scored a 30-yard touchdown.

The only third quarter scoring action we saw was a 35-yard field goal attempt from Mason Crosby to tie the game at 17.

In the fourth quarter, the Packers put their foot on the gas when they needed to and took advantage of the opportunities they had. It all started with an insane play that really only Aaron Rodgers could turn into a touchdown. Rodgers was about to get sacked by two different Kansas City players and just when it looked like he was throwing it away, he somehow found Jamaal Williams in the very corner of the endzone to go up 24-17.

The Chiefs responded with a touchdown of their own, but it was who else but Aaron Jones who came to save the day. The wide receiver running back turned on his speed for a 67-yard touchdown reception to put the Packers back up front. Jones also sealed the deal with a first down run on third and five to drain the clock out and win the game for Green Bay.

With a career performance from Aaron Jones, some defensive and special team struggles and ultimately escaping Arrowhead with a win, there was plenty to take away from Sunday night’s prime time matchup.

 

What we learned: LaFleur is THAT guy

It seemed like almost every single day this past offseason the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur was a topic of discussion.

“Would they trust each other?” “Would it work?”

Sorry to the haters, but the answer is yes.

A few times on the sideline now we have seen Rodgers and LaFleur really vibe with how they want the offense to look, but Sunday night was extra special.  

LaFleur fully trusted Rodgers to finish out that game and it absolutely paid off.

"When you have the quarterback we have and the players we have, I didn't want to just pound the ball up the middle when we needed five yards,” LaFleur said.

You could even see LaFleur mouth, “Go win the game,” to 12 during the two-minute warning. LaFleur trusted Rodgers to win and it is proof of how close this team really is.

"Winning is a cure-all, but it's fun when you're winning with the right people,” Rodgers said at the post-game press conference. “We're doing it the right way and we're really enjoying the people we go to work with."

 

What went right: Aaron Freaking Jones

It seems like every week Aaron Jones just keeps getting better and better. This week, he had a career game, with his first 200-yard day.

Jones had 13 carries for 67 yards and 7 receptions for 159 yards and 2 TDS (ESPN stats) on the day. He was certainly the difference maker Sunday, and even after leaving the game temporarily with a slight knock, was still able to seal the deal for Green Bay.

 

What went wrong: Special teams

It is getting to the point where I do not remember the last time the Green Bay Packers had a decent look on special teams. Darrius Sheppard struggled at kick returner the last few weeks and it was no different returning punts for him this week. Chandon Sullivan was returning kicks for the Packers Sunday, but he is not the answer either. Green Bay desperately needs to find a return man because it could be a huge difference maker moving forwards.

Green Bay’s ability to allow returns to happen is concerning too. The Chiefs were able to pick up an additional 95 yards (ESPN stats) off kick returns Sunday.

The Packers special teams’ weapon, punter JK Scott, even had a tough night too. I do not know if it was wind induced, but his punts were not even close to the distance we usually see them go each week.

Tough day in the office for this crew.

 

Offensive Standouts: Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Alex Light

The Aarons stole the show Sunday and there is no doubt about it. I gushed over Aaron Jones earlier in this piece, but 12 also carried some weight this week too.

Rodgers was not perfect looking down the field for a lot of the night, but the old man still has some serious wheels. In addition to just some absolutely insane throws, Rodgers was 23/33 for 305 yards and 3 TDs and had 6 carries for 29 yards (ESPN stats).

Offensive lineman Alex Light really proved his worth Sunday as well. Both David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga had to leave the game at different points, including the final drive, and Light was able to protect really in those moments well. This is huge for the Packers’ offensive line depth moving forwards, since they often see injuries to that area around this time of the season.

 

Defensive Standouts: Tyler Lancaster

The defense was a bit of a toss-up at times but forcing a turnover late in the game was their shining moment. Nose tackle Tyler Lancaster was able to stick his hand in and hit the ball out of LeSean McCoy’s hands and recover it for Green Bay. It was a huge turning point in the game and the game changing play the defense really needed.

At first, Lancaster did not even know he made the play.

"I knew I wouldn't make the tackle, so I reached my hand out and all of a sudden the ball is rolling back in my arm, and I said, 'Ok, I'll take it.'"

 

Up next, the Packers hit the road again. Green Bay will face off with the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday, Nov. 3. Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST.

Sarah Kelliher is a contributor for CheeseheadTV. She can be found via Twitter @sarahkelliher4

 

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LayingTheLawe's picture

October 28, 2019 at 12:27 am

As it gets colder and kicks don't make it to the end zone this team is going to have to learn to cover a kickoff!

After the ugly second quarter the third quarter was such a thing of beauty. Stop the Chiefs, get a field goal, get a turnover on the first play after that and score the touchdown at the start of the 4th. Awesome coaching to come out and do that after what happened in the 2nd quarter.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

October 28, 2019 at 01:10 am

The Packers are getting what they paid for on Special Teams. The kickers are good but the rest is bad.

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Pierre's picture

October 28, 2019 at 01:47 am

Great to be 7-1. New coach doing something right after losing season last year under MM. Fortunate that Mahomes wasn’t playing against this Packers’ secondary which was porous versus a retired backup QB in Moore! That’s concerning. Rodgers was rattled seriously by the blitzes when he should have quick hitting plays to burn them. He couldn’t sustain drives in the second quarter which allowed KC to score 17 straight points, perhaps because the defense had little time to rest with all the punts in a row. There will be great teams to face in the playoffs with Saints and 49ers and of course the Patriots if GB makes it that far. Still good to get a win on the road even with a lot of KC starters out with injuries.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 28, 2019 at 03:11 am

The problem with the kickoff returns isn't the returner: it is the other 10 guys on the field.

The problem withe the punt returns isn't the returner: it is the other 10 guys. Okay, maybe the PR, too.

Scott was too concerned with pinning Tyreek Hill to the sidelines due to GB's coverage futility and Hill's return ability. He ended up shanking two punts.

How one views this game rests largely on one's expectations. GB held Tyreek Hill, Watkins and Kelce below their averages. GB gave up 88 rushing yards while KC averages 83. GB allowed 5 explosive plays whereas KC averages 6.5 per game. KC allowed 21.4 pts/game coming in, and gave up 31 (28 if for some reason you don't want to count 3 points of GB's drive starting at KC's 27 yards line after the McCoy fumble).

GB's WRs and TEs had 13 recs on 20 targets for 132 yards. That's a 10.15 yard average and 6.6 yards/target, no TDs but a respectable 9 FDs (for context, KC's TEs and WRs together average 11.37 first downs per game. That's so-so, but again KC had three top starters out.

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imnion's picture

October 28, 2019 at 03:51 am

How about our offense closing out a few of the recent games. No chance for the opponent to get back on the field.

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October 28, 2019 at 04:39 am

"Nose tackle Tyler Lancaster was able to stick his hand in and hit the ball out of LeSean McCoy’s hands and recover it for Green Bay."

This was a nice play by Lancaster BUT what really pissed me off was that dumb ass, Collinsworth.

He says "Well that was a nice gift for Tyler Lancaster, he was laying on the ground".

Hey Chris...If you were paying ANY attention to the play instead of worrying about the Packers celebration you'd have known he also CAUSED the fumble, not just recovered it. Maybe a little less talking and more analysis which is what you're supposed to be doing anyway, you'd have picked up on that. Dumb Ass!

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October 28, 2019 at 04:43 am

7-1, beat the Chargers who dumped thebearsstillsuck lmao, go into the buy 8-1! D Adams should be back and it's lights out for this offense. GOPACKGO

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Spock's picture

October 28, 2019 at 08:45 am

4th, The Packers have two more games before the bye: At the Chargers and at home against the Panthers. I'm hoping for 9-1 at the bye week.

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October 28, 2019 at 07:51 pm

ok, 9-1 it is.

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October 28, 2019 at 05:54 am

So why was moore so comfortable in the pocket? GB had a few sacks, but all week we heard how this was a weak offensive line with several backups on the field.

Usually pettine tries to disguise coverage. Brings a bunch of ppl up and then some blitz or drop back into coverage. Just so scared of Hill that he didn't want those guys to be so close to the line? End of the day 24 points isn't terrible, but felt like the wrong approach

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October 28, 2019 at 07:37 am

The last drive, starting at the 2 yard line was MONEY. In years past Packers almost certainly been stuck in neutral there. Not this years team. KC would never get the ball back. Tremendous. Great job by all, AR, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and the entire O-line.

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October 28, 2019 at 08:10 am

Yes that was MONEY. And the red zone offense is now, well, an offense, even without Adams. You look at this turnaround on offense and begin to wonder if MM will work on an NFL sideline again.

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October 28, 2019 at 08:48 am

Agreed. Let him enjoy early retirement. If only it had come 3 years earlier.

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