July 23, 2024

Matt LaFleur said the Packers were bad in all three phases, and he was right. After two of the biggest wins of this young team’s season, the Packers fell flat on their faces on national television.

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“When you’re bad in all three phases, you lose the game,” he said after his Green Bay Packers lost 24-22 to the New York Giants on Monday night.

The Packers turned the ball over twice on offense and once on special teams. Their defense gave up more than 200 rushing yard and allowed a third-string quarterback to complete a game-winning drive.

The Packers reached the highest of highs with a win over the defending Super Bowl champions a week ago. Now, they’ve hit the lowest of lows on the rollercoaster that is the 2023 season.

Our report card for this week reflects the team playing poorly in all three phases.

Pass Offense

Jordan Love was riding high after a three-game winning streak saw him throw eight touchdown passes to zero interceptions.

Love was unable to escape the turnover bug on Monday night as he threw a terrible interception and lost a fumble in the red zone, as well.

Love, to his credit, did bounce back late in the game.

A quarterback is often judged on what he does with the ball in his hands in crunch time. Love got the ball back trailing by five with just under 4 minutes to play after a fortuitous gift from Saquon Barkley.

Love would lead the Packers on a scoring drive, throwing two beautiful passes to Malik Heath. One was caught. One wasn’t. Fortunately for Love and Co., either could have resulted in a touchdown.

Love’s final stat line was 25-of-39 for 218 yards one touchdown and one interception. His ball placement early in the game was spotty at best, but he did settle down later in the game.

The pass offense, however, looked too much like the one that stumbled through the month of October.

Too many mistakes, and too many points were ultimately left on the field as a result.

They came into the game short-handed, and that situation could get worse as Dontayvion Wicks (ankle) and Jayden Reed (concussion protocol) left the game with injuries.

The Packers are going to need some injury luck, or they’ll be even more challenged next week against Tampa Bay.

AJ Dillon had some nice moments, running for 53 yards on 15 carries. Patrick Taylor had a few solid carries, as well, but it was clear from the beginning how Matt LaFleur felt about his run game.

Jayden Reed had more carries than Taylor, as the Packers had to add some finesse to a run game that cannot line up and attack opposing defenses

Overall, that plan was successful. The Packers ran for 123 yards.

They just lack the explosive element to their run game. Dillon’s longest run of the night was 8 yards. Taylor’s longest run was 14.

The longest rush of the game came on a reverse to Reed in which he picked up nice blocks from Josh Myers and Josiah Deguara for a gain of 20.

The Packers might get a boost with Aaron Jones potentially set for a return on Sunday against Tampa Bay. They’ll need him, because the offense needs more juice from this phase of the game.

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