The Green Bay Packers suffered a brutal loss to the New York Giants today. 27-22 was the final in London as the Packers fell to 3-2 on the season. Many fans are upset with the late game play calling vs the Giants. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon seemingly continue to be underused. Today Aaron Rodgers had 39 passes. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon combined had 19 carries. That is not getting your best playmakers the ball. Matt LaFleur, however, sounded off on the play calling in for the Packers.
Matt LaFleur Defends Play Calling:
#Packers Matt LaFluer says Aaron Rodgers calling plays is not the problem. "He does a great job for us. We have to get the ball back to him." Say Green Bay's defense just didn't execute in the second half.
— Mike Clemens (@MikeClemensNFL) October 9, 2022
This is a screenshot of the play calling when Green Bay went three and out after the Giants had just tied the game at 20:
On their own 25-yard line, Green Bay had pass incompletions to Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and then again to Allen Lazard. At the most crucial point in the game, the Packers chose to ignore AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones. This was during a game that Dillon (5.7 YPC) and Jones (4.8 YPC) were having success on the ground. The defense had just allowed a long scoring drive and was likely in need of a break. Going three and out was the absolute worst-case scenario at this point in the game, and it’s exactly what happened.
Going forward the Packers will need to do some soul-searching for their offense. Aaron Rodgers specifically said post-game today that he is not worried about the offense. He also said “We had chances. A lot of chances. So definitely the offense, this one will weigh heavy on us on the flight back.” Matt LaFleur has yet to lose back-to-back games in the regular season as the Packers head coach. Hopefully, that trend continues next week vs the New York Jets.