The Green Bay Packers are looking flat-footed in every aspect of their Thursday night game against the Detroit Lions. They are missing several key players, including All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari who was put on IR after having another surgery on his knee.
In addition, the Packers are playing without left guard Elgton Jenkins (knee), Jaire Alexander (back), and De’Vondre Campbell (ankle).
Towards the end of the first half, they also lost their starting tight end, rookie Luke Musgrave, to a possible concussion.
Packers’ TE Luke Musgrave is being evaluated for a concussion.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2023
Musgrave caught a left-handed pass from Jordan Love, who was nearly sacked in the end zone for a safety.
Luke Musgrave and the Green Bay Packers Are Struggling
Despite having Aaron Jones back, the Packers offense has attempted just five carries all game. AJ Dillon has run the ball three times for four yards while Jones has rushed twice for three yards.
Jordan Love has completed just six of 13 passes for 50 yards and an interception.
Musgrave and the rest of the pass catchers have next-to-no time to get open before Love is flushed out of the pocket or sacked.
The common denominator in these struggles is the offensive line. Love has been sacked four times after being sacked just once per game in each of Green Bay’s first three contests.
If the Packers have any hope to make another historic comeback like they did on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, the offensive line has to be better.
For that matter, the offensive line has to be better if they want to avoid any further injuries to the team.