The Green Bay Packers could have emerged as one of the few remaining unbeaten teams in the league after Week 2. Except that they did not.
Green Bay had a 12-point advantage over the Atlanta Falcons entering the fourth quarter of Sunday’s showdown, but in the end, they were unable to hold on to their lead. The Packers failed to score in the final period while also allowing Atlanta to get 13 points on the board, en route to a 25-24 victory.
Matt LaFleur Admits Game Film Was ‘Tough to Watch’
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur spoke to reporters on Monday and he admitted that watching the game film of their loss to the Falcons was no easy task. The Green Bay shot-caller clearly rues a handful of missed chances for his squad — some of which could have significantly impacted the outcome of the game:
“That film was tough to watch because there were a lot of opportunities out there for us,” Matt LaFleur said, via Brandon Carwile of Packers Wire. “We have to make some of these plays that are out there for us to make.”
Green Bay Packers’ Struggles Were ‘Self-Inflicted’
Green Bay’s defensive issues were utterly exposed in this one, particularly in the fourth quarter. It’s not as if the Falcons have an elite quarterback in second-year signal-caller Desmond Ridder. However, he was still able to lead the charge for Atlanta. The Falcons ended up significantly beating out the Packers in total yardage, 446-224.
LaFleur could not help but get brutally honest in his assessment of Green Bay’s defense against the Falcons:
“There’s some things that were self-inflicted, no doubt about it. They have a good run game. They really do,” said LaFleur. “Schematically, they presented a few issues for us. I think you combine that with two really good running backs, and we had a couple missed tackles…there’s things we’ve got to adapt and adjust to and do a much better job.”
LaFleur is by no means throwing shade at Atlnata’s offense here. It’s just that he knows what his defense is capable of — something that he did not see enough of on Sunday.
The good news for Matt LaFleur and his boys is that there were a handful of positive takeaways from their Week 2 loss. The Packers will want to build on these when they return to action on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
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