What a disappointing game! The Green Bay Packers did everything they could to lose their Week Seven game to the Washington Commanders. The offense could not sustain drives, leaving the defense out on the field far too long (once again). As a result, the Packers dropped a very winnable game 23-21 on the road. They are now 3-4 and the outlook is bleak on how well they will play for the rest of the season.
Perhaps the best play of the day for the Green Bay Packers was when All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.
— Cover 2 Podcast (@Cover2Podcast) October 23, 2022
Campbell finished the day with 12 tackles, including three for loss. His interception in the second quarter gave the Packers a 14-3 lead.
Quay Walker, the Packers’ first draft pick in this year’s draft, has been a bit inconsistent this season. He had the best game of his young career today, though. The rookie linebacker led the team with 13 tackles. He also had two quarterback hits and a pass deflection.
How bad was this game? I chose Pat O’Donnell, the Packers’ punter, as my third stud. To be honest, he probably should be a stud every week. He is the only Packers’ player who is consistently performing the way he is supposed to. Against the Commanders, O’Donnell punted five times for 208 yards and placed two inside the 20-yard line.
After back-to-back MVP seasons, nearly everyone expected Aaron Rodgers to return in 2022 playing at the same level. The fact of the matter is that he is not meeting that standard. While many bemoan the lack of offensive weapons at the wide receiver position, Rodgers deserves much of the blame for the stagnant offense. He consistently overthrew or underthrew his targets, refused to throw to open receivers, and showed terrible body language on and off the field.
Would a new wide receiver make things better? It might, but Rodgers would still have to be accurate with his throws down field and he simply is not consistent with those anymore.
I wrote about the third round curse the Packers have been experiencing earlier this year. That curse continues to devastate the roster in the form of Amari Rodgers, who fumbled a fair catch punt (once again). With the Packers hurting at wide receiver, can they even afford to move on from him right now? The problem is that they almost cannot afford to keep him on the roster with how poorly he is playing.
Look, the game plan is not working. Whatever the Packers are doing to prepare for games throughout the week is not working. The days that the Packers could just run their offense and dare other teams to try and stop them are at an end. Additionally, the multiple penalties (though some were awful and wrong calls) show a lack of discipline on the team. This is not a good look on the head coach. There have been many things not reflecting well on him this season. This is not to say he should be fired, but that he is not meeting expectations.