What could go wrong for the Packers on Sunday in Tampa, did go wrong for the Packers. This is the type of game you learn from your mistakes and move on to the next game. How the team responds to this loss will go a long way in how the team does in the remainder of the season.
In his press conference after the game, head coach Matt LaFleur mentioned that the team did not have a good week of practices. The players were sloppy in their drills and the execution in practice was not were it needed to be. That obviously showed up in the performance on Sunday. I am not a fan of the coach coming out after a horrible loss and stating that the team had a bad week of practice. I find that to be an excuse but it is what it easy., when you practice bad, you perform bad on game day.
In LaFluer’s short history as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, his team has not lost back-to-back games in the regular season. That is a good sign. The unfortunate part about it is, that we they lose, the go all out and lose. They have not lost close, lose by more than a touchdown. Back to the plus side, the past Super Bowl Champions have all had bad games throughout the season. It happens, its all about how the teams responded.
There is plenty of blame to go around in that locker room, from the players to coaches. The game plan wasn’t good, the execution wasn’t good, the energy, it was all off. I fully believe that message will be hammered home this week by LaFleur and his staff.
As the Packers get ready for next week, it won’t be an easy task against Houston. Sure, the Texans are 1-5, but when you look deeper into their record, they are not as bad as it shows. Four of their losses have come to Chiefs, Steelers, Ravens and Titans, were are a combined 20-2. That is insane.
The Packers need to clean up their own house. Be prepared, have a good week of practice and pack their best for the trip to Houston. I think we can expect the leaders on this team to step up and make sure they are ready come Sunday.
Rodgers and LaFleur both know that this is a long season and the Packers will have plenty of chances to bounce back and prove they are one of the elite teams in the NFL this season. They just need to make sure that this one loss does not turn into two losses. The team needs to move on quickly from this one, as the game is over. They self evaluated on Monday and now they need to return to practice focused on Houston.
Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag