Five More Thoughts on Packers’ Loss to Redskins
This played out pretty much exactly as we thought it would. The Green Bay Packers are just not a good football team. If you had any delusions left that they were, then those should be out the window after the team dropped their fourth straight game.
This time the beneficiary of the Packers’ defense was the Washington Redskins, who rolled up 42 points and 515 yards.
Talking about how bad that unit is is getting really old. So let’s just get on with this.
Who Are These Guys?
Looking at the box score from this game is kind of like that scene in Major League where the fans don’t recognize any of the players on the roster. You probably know of Kirk Cousins (375 yards, 3 TDs, no picks), but how about Robert Kelley (137 yards rushing, 3 TDs)? Or Jamison Crowder (102 receiving yards)? Or Pierre Garcon (116 receiving yards)? It’s one thing to give up a big day to a superstar, but the Packers are giving up big days to any and everyone now. What a joke.
Cook Finally Comes On
So this is what Jared Cook can do when he’s healthy and gets thrown the football? Cook made no impact before he got injured. Sunday was the first game he played since week 3 and — not that it mattered — but he was the Packers’ best receiver. Cook finished with six catches and 105 yards, both team highs. It’s too bad Cook’s probably one season in Green Bay will be a wasted one. Of course, he did fumble at the end of the game, which is pretty typical of the Packers this season.
The Secondary is Historically Bad
Maybe I’m going a little far here, but does anyone remember a secondary as bad as this one in Packers’ history? Maybe if you go back to the 1980s. Here’s a nifty stat for you — the Packers have given up a league-leading 11 touchdown passes of 15 or more yards. They’re not alone with that distinction. They’re tied with the winless Cleveland Browns.
I don’t really even think I need to add any words.
The Packers' 2016 season summed up in one late substitution https://t.co/JFNfKAb4kb
— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) November 21, 2016
What the fuck? You’re telling me this team is well prepared?
Is It the Running Game?
Or lack thereof? Last week, I kept hearing people say the Packers’ downfall this season was the lack of a running game. Well, okay, it certainly doesn’t help, but the Packers are losing because of their defense this season. Let’s review the running activity from Sunday night, though. First, the team claims Christine Michael on waivers and keeps him inactive for the game. Then they try to come out and run with James Starks, who is terrible. Starks averaged just 2.8 yards on his nine carries. They continued with Ty Montgomery’s stupid snap count. He carried just four times and caught three balls. Gotta make sure that guy doesn’t get too involved! And so, per usual, Aaron Rodgers was the team’s leading rusher with 33 yards. I guess none of this should surprise me at this point, but the Packers need to find a way to keep that defense off the field. Michael or Montgomery would seem to be good ways to do so. Perhaps that’s too obvious, though.