No Time to Sulk for the Packers

After an embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins, the Packers must remain focused on their upcoming matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

Hopes were high for the Green Bay Packers this past weekend as they traveled to our nation’s capital to take on the Washington Redskins.  With the game having some great storylines and a team looking to show that the first two weeks of the season were a false façade, the Packers laid an absolute turd at FedEx Field. 

This was not a poor performance that could just be blamed on a bad play here or a missed tackle there.  This was a bad all around loss that included poor execution, poor technique, poor coaching, poor officiating and poor weather to cap it all off. 

Just three games into the 2018 season, the Packers are still struggling to find their identity and I’m hopeful that digging into deep holes early in ball games only to potentially be bailed out by the offense is not that identity.  While 1-1-1 was not the start that the team was looking for through three weeks, a few turned plays could potentially have that record sitting much worse.

After their performance on Sunday, the flight home to Green Bay couldn’t have been a fun one for the team and rightfully so.  The struggles of both young players and veterans alike against the Redskins shouldn’t be taken lightly, but the team also has to find a way to shake it off quickly and get back to playing sound football when the Buffalo Bills come to Lambeau Field this Sunday.

Just one week ago, the matchup against the Bills could have been easily overlooked by many given the state that team was in at the time, sitting at 0-2 and in complete disarray.  But in the week to week nature of the NFL, seeing the Bills walk into US Bank Stadium last Sunday and put a hurting on the Minnesota Vikings surely sends a message to the Packers that they need to come ready to play this Sunday. 

The suddenly upstart Bills completely dominated the Vikings from start to finish and will surely be hungry for more.  As the team exited the field last Sunday, shouts of “You like that” could be heard from cornerback Tre White as he walked through the tunnel and more followed from the team locker room following the game.  Could the Vikings have been overlooking the Bills in preparation for their matchup this Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams?  Sure they could have.  But the Packers absolutely can’t overlook them.

No matter who would be on the Packers schedule in week four, the way the season has played out so far makes this a pivotal game for the team to prove who they are and how they will respond to the adversity they have encountered through the first three weeks of the season.  A loss necessarily wouldn’t rule the Packers out of division and postseason contention, but it would say a lot about their character as a football team.  On the flip side, a bounce-back game against the Bills with solid individual and unit performances and solid coaching would show that the team is able to handle the adversity of an embarrassing loss.

Perhaps Aaron Rodgers said it best during his post-game press conference when asked what he was going to tell his teammates after the loss to the Redskins when he said “Go home and have a scotch.  That’s what I’m going to do.”  Have a drink, forget the embarrassment and move on sounds like a great plan to me.  I’ll take four fingers neat my good man!

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Ryan Brunner is an avid Packers fan hailing from Chippewa Falls, WI.  He is a firm believer that punters are NFL players too!  Follow him on Twitter @brunwardo

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Coldworld's picture

September 25, 2018 at 06:14 pm

I had a scotch after the last game too.

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PAPackerbacker's picture

September 25, 2018 at 06:19 pm

The Packers better damn well be prepared to go 60 minutes in this contest. The Bills will be on a high after defeating the Vikings and will be pumped for this matchup. If the Packers win the toss take the damn ball and march down the field and score on the first possession. Do not come out sluggish. Go to the no huddle from the very beginning. And get thar running game going and stick with it. Don't call a few running plays then abandon the running game and pass on 2nd and short. Run the ball, get tough, and play smash mouth, in your face football. Once that is established then throw in a play- action. It may actually be successful once you start gaining yards on running plays. Until then you are fooling on one with a play - action if all you do is pass most of the time. The Packers need to come out strong, remain strong, and end strong. Time for some old fashioned butt kicking, smash mouth football. Go! Pack! Go!

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sardog's picture

September 25, 2018 at 09:50 pm

PAP, great post...you are so right/spot on about the run game in this pass happy league. Not that I don't respect AR12, but kind of wonder sometimes if he checks out of run plays 'cause he sees an advantage and takes the whole team on his shoulders. Get those safeties to continually come down to the box and then burn'em with the long ball. Set a 3RB backfield put 1 in motion, check the defense again, put the other in motion for blocking or route, check again. It won't work without good discipline and execution but it will keep them guessing.
You ask any OLineman, pass blocking takes more energy regardless of technique, the physics and energy needed on your backfoot is not the same as your forefoot...bulldozing forward with proper assignments gives the DLine a taste of their own medicine and it is easier to reset for no huddles...RBs can be on a play count for quick rotation keeping the D off balance...just my humble opinion...

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PAPackerbacker's picture

September 26, 2018 at 04:54 am

Thanks sardog. I think the Packers have enough talent in the backfield to get some first downs running the ball and even break a few tackles to get some long gains in the ground attack. When you limit a RB like Jones to only 6 carries and averaged 7 yards a carry it only makes sense to stick with it until the defense slows it down or stops it. Then play - action becomes much more effective. What you stated makes a lot of sense, keeping the defense off balance. Unfortunately the Packers rely on the pass to often and they have the talent in the backfield to take pressure off the passing game. What happened to running back by committee?

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croatpackfan's picture

September 26, 2018 at 04:46 am

It's always easier to say than to make..

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4thand1's picture

September 25, 2018 at 06:42 pm

WTF is going on with Everson Griffin of the viqueens. They ordered some kind of mental health evaluation of him? Sounds like he had some off the field incident and injured his knee. Is the sky falling on the queenys?

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Lare's picture

September 25, 2018 at 06:55 pm

Personally, I think they should order a mental health examination for anyone that wants to play for or be a fan of the Vikings.

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Since'61's picture

September 25, 2018 at 08:40 pm

Playing or being a fan of the Vikings is a mental disorder. Thanks, Since '61

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NickPerry's picture

September 27, 2018 at 06:41 am

Exactly Since '61...Considering all the dislikes Lare and yourself received I'd say another one of their disorders is TROLLING. You'd think they'd have something better to do during the week than trolling CHTV but they clearly don't...Losers!

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flackcatcher's picture

September 25, 2018 at 09:24 pm

I am so tempted.....

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sardog's picture

September 25, 2018 at 09:34 pm

Terrible chain of events for him and his family. Mental health issues in this league bring a great amount of negative attention. So I'm sure they are doing their best to help him and his family. It's kind of like Alonzo Spellman (Bears) who checked into Good Shepard Hospital (Barrington, IL) for mental health issues and was found wandering down Rt 22 in his hospital gown. Even though these big guys can dish it out, got to wonder how much CTE comes into play.

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Since'61's picture

September 26, 2018 at 08:15 am

Regrettably, CTE cannot be confirmed unless the person is deceased. They are working to develop a reliable test while the person is still alive as they are finding that many of our returning veterans who have passed away are also afflicted with CTE and it may contribute to PTSD and the dramatic rise in veteran suicides.

This could become another case for parents keeping their children from playing football. We'll see where this goes. Thanks, Since '61

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Rak43's picture

September 25, 2018 at 11:23 pm

Everson Griffen has bi-polar disorder that has been well documented while he was in College. It was the main reason he went as low in RD 1 as he did. He has obviously for some reason come off his meds. Here is some info on his situation...………………..www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/report-vikings-deny-everson-griffen-was-arr...

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holmesmd's picture

September 26, 2018 at 01:11 am

We now have one 61’. It’s called neurotransmitter receptor fragments and anti bodies. Stay tuned
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Since'61's picture

September 26, 2018 at 08:17 am

My understanding is that this test needs to combined with another test like a CT scan and/or MRI to provide a 3 dimensional picture of the brain to Identify the affected areas. Is that correct? Thanks, Since '61

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dobber's picture

September 26, 2018 at 09:18 am

That's my understanding.

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flackcatcher's picture

September 26, 2018 at 09:19 pm

That's correct. The error rate is still too high, but it does allow for follow up with MRI and CT. All and all, it is a huge leap on what we had before.

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Since'61's picture

September 25, 2018 at 08:48 pm

The Bills had the courtesy of 3 turnovers in Vikings territory thanks to the Vikings OL. Cousins was stripped sack twice (amazingly no roughing the passer was called) and threw a pick. Each TO gave the Bills a short field and with no film on the Bills rookie QB the Vikes defense looked totally confused. They may have still been recovering from the OT game against the Packers.

In any case the Vikings played at least as badly as the Packers if not worse on their home turf. Hopefully the Packers will bounce back and play well at home against the Bills at Lambeau this week. An early lead should help the Packers defense keep the pressure up on their rookie QB and force a few turnovers for the Packers, at least until the refs reverse the plays with flags for roughing the passer or phantom PI calls. We'll see. Thanks, Since '61

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croatpackfan's picture

September 26, 2018 at 04:50 am

If you want to know how game will be officiating, go to betting pages and you'll find the answer!

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PAPackerbacker's picture

September 26, 2018 at 05:46 am

Since '61, it Just goes to show that the Bills defense has the talent and skills to create turnovers and then the offense can take advantage of those opportunities to score quickly. Never underestimate your opponent. Once behind by a couple of scores your opponent becomes more one dimensional. Make no mistake about it, The Bills can do the same with the Packers if the Packers start the game sluggish, like they did last week against the Redskins. MM needs to have the Packers prepared to play 60 minutes of football.

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crabby's picture

September 26, 2018 at 07:25 am

Look this might sound crazy BUT I want the Vikes to win Thursday against the Rams. That way the PACK has no choice but to come out like "gang busters" and beat the Bills down. If the the Vikes loss it just gives the PACK and MM another opportunity to play sub par ball and ending up in the same relative position.

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Chuck Farley's picture

September 26, 2018 at 09:01 am

My two cents. Last season I remember the pack run defense was steller through the first six games. Teams came out trying to establish the run, the pack did well.
I clearly remember saying to self, why aren't teams coming out passing, the pass d sucks.
This year I see the flip, wash came out throwing and were successful. I see most teams thinking that strategy this year. Get ahead stay ahead.

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arthurl's picture

September 26, 2018 at 02:12 pm

Hoping these guys are coached up and play to their talent vs the Bills. Pretty sad performance last week, but time to move on. Like the recent acquisition of Breeland and glad don't have to worry about House on the field. There's another move they need to make on the defensive side and that involves Brice; get him off the field one way or another. What's latest on Bulaga? Why did Spriggs get to play and not Bell? When is the coaching staff gonna learn Spriggs can't cut it and is gonna get Rodgers killed. Bell has had moderate success in league so why isn't he playing if Bulaga can't?

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PatrickGB's picture

September 26, 2018 at 06:05 pm

Bell will play, but at guard. And perhaps Bulaga will be back?

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

September 27, 2018 at 09:30 am

K.Mack in just 3 games.
3 FF
3 Sacks
1 Interception
1 TD

A golden opportunity that will not come again.

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

September 27, 2018 at 02:10 pm

I wonder if we will get another roughing the passer penalty this week?

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Chuck Farley's picture

September 27, 2018 at 08:47 pm

We very well may, seems some packers are un coach-able. What do they say about someone who does the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome each time?...?..

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