The Green Bay Packers had 13 days to improve their overall scheme. They let a game get away against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. Coming off a bye week, the Packers traveled to Denver to take on the 1-5 Broncos. Many saw the Broncos as one of the worst teams in football. The Packers looked the exact same and didn’t seem to learn from their mistakes. As a result, they fell to Denver 19-17. The Packers are now 2-4 on the season and things seem to be going south fast. Here are some studs and duds from today’s game.
Green Bay Packers Stud: AJ Dillon
It’s been a tough year for the fourth year running back. After an injury to Aaron Jones in week one, Dillon has been the bell cow since. Dillon had a nice game today leading the Packers with 61 carries on 15 carries. He was also the team’s leading receiver with 34 yards on two catches.
Dillon has seemed to find his groove the last two games. If he can continue the stretch he’s on now, then Green Bay has that threat of a 1-2 punch they had the last few seasons. We will see if Dillon can keep this up but it was another positive showing.
Green Bay Packers Stud: Zach Tom
I thought Zach Tom played well at right tackle and then at center after Josh Meyers was injured. Tom has proven he can play multiple positions like Elgton Jenkins. It’s a big reason why Tom is one of the best offensive linemen on this team. His versatility is key and I though he did his part on the line today.
Green Bay Packers Dud: Carrington Valentine
The rookie seventh round corner drew a starting assignment today as Jaire Alexander was ruled out with a back injury. Valentine drew the assignment of Broncos wide receiver Cortland Sutton. It’s safe to say Valentine had a rough outing.
Russell Wilson hit Sutton for a 44 yard completion on third down. Valentine was beat but not badly. credit to Wilson for making an incredible throw. Wilson and the Denver offense went at Valentine a majority of the game. I still like Valentine’s game, but today was a tough one.
Green Bay Packers Dud: Head Coach Matt LaFleur
No one had a worse game tonight than the Green Bay Packers head coach. I have no idea what LaFleur did during the bye week but it certainly looked like he did not watch any film on his offense through five games. I mentioned in the game preview it would be interesting to see if he would come out aggressive. After how bad the offense has looked in the first half of games this season, something needed to change.
Instead, we saw the exact same offense. No rhythm, no shots down the field, and very conservative play calls. Denver is the worst defense in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers scored 0 points in the first half. Zero. That is inexcusable. There is no way around it and no way to sugarcoat it.
The offense is a mess. It’s costing this team games they should win and LaFleur is the biggest reason behind it. I know he’s not out there executing the plays, but it falls on him as the play caller at the end. Matt LaFleur needs to make adjustments and change the way he approaches game preparation and first half s of games and he needs to change it now. Otherwise it’s going to be a long 11 weeks to the end of the season.
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