Packers played close to one half of decent football in Denver on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a first half of offensive failures. The Packers had four meaningful offensive possessions in the first half. The results were 3 punts on 39 yards of offense to start the game followed by a decent 11 play 47 yard drive that ended in Anders Carlson’s missed 45 yard field goal. Four drives totaling 86 yards with three penalties on the offensive line.
The defense played without Alexander, Stokes, and Savage for most of the game. The secondary backups cost the Packers as Jonathan Owens was called for a big penalty and Carrington Valentine was picked on repeatedly. But overall the defense battled, trying to keep the game close until the offense could start producing. The Packer offense came alive in the third quarter, attaining the lead at 17-16 in the fourth quarter, but Denver put together their only drive on the second half in response, settling for a field goal after a touchdown was wiped away.
Denver also lost a defensive secondary starter when Kareem Jackson put down a viscous hit on Luke Musgrave who held on for an impressive catch. But Denver’s replacement made the game winning play when he picked off Jordan Love late in the 4th quarter. A pass into double coverage that should never have been thrown. An unfortunate late game recurring nightmare for Packer fans and their young quarterback.
This Packer team shows spurts of NFL caliber performances that can win games, but with those highs comes long stretches of frustratingly unproductive offense. Zach Tom should be commended for stepping in and playing well for an injured Josh Meyers. Could that change be made permanent? Clearly for fans of the Green and Gold, something has to change.