The Green Bay Packers narrowly lost to the Atlanta Falcons 25-24 on Sunday. What made this loss a little heartbreaking was the fact the team had a 12-point fourth-quarter lead and blew it. A big reason for this was the inability to stop the run. After the game, Matt LaFleur had a very simple comment on the run defense.
Green Bay Packers Matt LaFleur On Run Defense
“They shredded us. Consistently.” That is what the Packers head coach had to say after the game. Atlanta was able to impose their will upfront with rookie running back Bijan Robinson and second-year player Tyler Allgeier making guys miss. At the end of the game, the Packers had a chance to get one stop but could not slow down the Falcons’ rushing attack. It seemed that the Falcons were able to get five to seven yards whenever they wanted. It isn’t a good look for a defense that was touting all week about how much they had improved.
Bad Loss But No Reason For Concern
This loss isn’t great but it isn’t time to panic. Outside of the fourth quarter, the team looked pretty good. The defense was getting stops at key moments. The offense was moving the ball. It was a complete failure by the entire team. However, these are the types of losses that happen to young teams. Overall, there was a lot to be excited about. Jordan Love had some nice passes. All three touchdowns were to rookies with two of them going to Jayden Reed. They were without David Bakhtiari, Christian Watson, and Aaron Jones. This loss hurts but I don’t think there is any reason for long-term concern.
With the Lions loss, the Packers are 1-1 and are tied for the division lead. The Green Bay Packers and Matt LaFleur will have to go back to the drawing board this week and figure out what adjustments need to be made. The good news? They won’t have to face the Falcons rushing attack again this year.