A game Green Bay never should have had a chance to win, and yet, Jordan Love was presented multiple opportunities to pull a win out of the hat. But alas, this Packer offense cannot get out of its own way. Down at halftime by only seven points.
The task seemed possible by the point margin but improbable due to the offense’s failings in the first half. It easily could have been another goose egg score for the first half after Anders Carlson clanked his field goal off the post. But, thanks to a Viking offside penalty, Carlson was given a reprieve, and he took advantage, making the halftime score 10-3.
Optimistic Packer fans thought they saw a glimmer of hope when the defense had the Vikings at 3rd and 9 on the opening series of the second half. But the zone defense blew a coverage and gave up a huge catch and run to Osborn. The Vikings then marched down the field for an easy touchdown. Love and the offense responded with a quick interception and one offensive pass play later, it was 24-3 Vikings.
The Green and Gold faithful kept watching and had a couple of plays to cheer about. But the overwhelming theme of the second half was wasted opportunities. The Packers scored to make it 24-10. Then special teams blocked a field goal.
The Packer offense… one good 17-yard pass to Christian Watson and then a third down pass conversion to Wicks. Then a first down 10-yard pass to Reed and the Packers and Love seem to be rolling. Love brings the Packers down to the Minnesota 10 on second and 5 and then Wicks drops a pass.
Then two more incompletions. Turnover on downs. Kirk Cousins injures his Achilles and is replaced by Rookie 5th round pick Jaren Hall who promptly fumbles after being hit by Preston Smith and the Packers recover. First down on the Minnesota 10. Four plays later the Packers turn it over on downs at the Viking 6. The Packers force another punt, but again the offense cannot produce points.
At some point fans must question the coaching of this Packer team.
The most polite word you can use for the 2023 Packers is undisciplined. Yes, the team is young, but the number of mental mistakes, blown assignments and coverages is inexcusable.
Coaches are tasked with getting a team ready to play. This team hasn’t been ready the last four weeks as the offensive statistics, mounting penalties, and four game losing streak demonstrate. If the offensive coordinator is drawing up the game plan it’s time for LaFleur to step in. If LaFleur is game planning, the Packers are in trouble.
This team is also lacking in leadership. Aaron Jones starts the game with a dropped pass and a fumble. Jaire Alexander got torched for a touchdown and Josh Meyers, Jon Runyan, and Elgton Jenkins can’t move anyone off the line of scrimmage in red zone run plays.
This team needs their quarterback and receivers to learn quickly, but their problems run much deeper. This was the easy part of the schedule Packer fans. Upcoming are the Los Angeles Rams followed by Pittsburgh, the Chargers and Detroit. Let’s hope some lessons pay dividends in points scored next week. Or winter is coming early in Northern Wisconsin.