There really isn’t much to say about yesterday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers other than that the Green Bay Packers came out flat and unprepared. The result was a disappointing loss where they totaled only 184 yards of offense, were just 2-10 on third down, and eight penalties were just too much to overcome.
As frustrating as that game was to watch, if we look back over the last decade or so, the Packers have a clunker of a game like this just about every season. It is certainly unfortunate that it happens, but this is meant to provide a little perspective, and show that the season isn’t over by any means.
At 7-2 and alone at the top of the NFC North, the Packers are still sitting pretty despite that ugly performance. These are the other head-scratching losses that have occurred over the years.
2011 at the Kansas City Chiefs: 19-14
The 13-0 Packers rolled into Arrowhead with the top offense in football led by Aaron Rodgers who was having a historic season. Meanwhile, the Chiefs were below .500 but they all but shut this Green Bay offense down.
Kansas City was able to out gain the Packers and they held Rodgers to just 235 passing yards. And even though the Chiefs were just 4-12 on third downs and 1-5 in the red zone, their defense played well enough to come away with the 19-14 win.
2012 at the New York Giants: 38-10
The 7-4 Packers traveled to the Meadowlands to face the 7-4 Giants. But much like Kansas City did the season before, the Giants were able to shut Rodgers down as they held him to just 219 yards and only 14 completions. Green Bay also didn’t have a single red zone trip, lost the turnover battle, and had eight penalties as well. Sloppy football.
2014 at the New Orleans Saints: 44-23
The Packers were 5-3 at this point in the season while the Saints were struggling at 3-4. Unlike the previous two games, Rodgers put up some big passing numbers totaling 418 yard through the air, however, he would have two interceptions and he Packers had three as a team. But as we’ve seen throughout the years, the Green Bay defense was a problem as they gave up nearly 500 yards of offense to the Saints.
2015 at the Denver Broncos: 29-10
This was supposed to be a heavy weight matchup as the undefeated Packers took on the undefeated Broncos. But that Denver defense absolutley smothered the Green Bay offense. Rodgers would pass for just 77 yards that day and as a team they were only 2-8 on third downs. Denver dominated and out gained Green Bay 500 yards to just 140.
2016 at the Tennessee Titans: 47-25
This game was just prior to the “Run the Table” stretch of games that eventually landed the Packers in the NFC Championship game. However, before then they were humiliated by a .500 Titans football team.
Green Bay would lose the turnover battle three to nothing and allowed the futile Tennessee offense to nearly 450 total yards while the Packers have over 100 penalty yards. Despite the offense putting up over 400 yards, the Packers’ defense couldn’t stop Tennessee whatsoever.
In the end, I think this game against the Chargers was just one of those outlier performances that seems to happen just about every season – even in the good ones. I expect that the Packers will be refocused and ready to go for this Sunday against a difficult Carolina Panthers team.