The Green Bay Packers were humiliated in a 38-3 loss on opening day. Here are some of my thoughts on an embarrassing season-opening performance.
1.) Sunday felt like waking up on Christmas morning excited to open a gift you’ve wanted for several months only to get a big lump of coal
2.) Some of this is Week 1. Some of this is the Saints being better than I think most of us anticipated.
3.) Jameis Winston is going to have a good year in New Orleans. Going into this game he was being treated like he was some talentless scrub. There’s a world that exists where Winston is an upgrade to the Saints QB situation from 2020.
4.) Aaron Rodgers was awful. When you spend all offseason doing what he did, and play like that – almost every question is going to be a fair one.
5.) Run AJ Dillon more against teams like the Saints.
6.) What happened to pre-snap motion? Felt like a lot of static formations. Very Rodgers/McCarthy-esque.
7.) I’ll tell you what – I’m really tired of the Green Bay Packers saying they “lacked energy” every time they get their ass kicked under LaFleur. Why does that happen? How are you lacking energy for the first game of the season?
8.) Rodgers acknowledged the Green Bay Packers could have been a team that bought their own hype. It certainly looked that way Sunday afternoon.
9.) If you want optimism – look no further.
Packers following a regular season loss w/ Matt LaFleur:
34-24 W @ Dallas
24-16 W vs. Carolina
31-13 W @ NYG
35-20 W @ Houston
34-17 W @ San Francisco
41-24 W vs. Chicago
Total score: 199-114 (+85)
Average score: 33-19
— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) September 12, 2021
10.) Kevin King tries. Kevin King works hard. I’ve had enough – you drafted a corner in the first round. Play him.
11.) A lot will be made about Joe Barry’s defense – but I don’t know how many of the defense’s issues were schematic. When you get your ass kicked up front – that’s what it looks like.
12.) That being said – not one of Green Bay’s best players made any plays to turn the tide.
13.) Well.. Za’Darius Smith should have – but roughing the passer penalties are absolutely ridiculous
14.) I have no idea what Adrian Amos was doing on the 4th and goal touchdown pass by Winston.
15.) I have less of an idea as to what exactly Green Bay’s plan was for this one.
16.) A lot is going to be made about how the Packers didn’t play their guys in the preseason leading to today’s result. That’s nonsense. They didn’t start their guys last year and dropped 43 in the opener. Other teams that won on Sunday copied that strategy.
They played like shit. It’s ok to just say that.
17.) Week 2 – it’s Game On Wisconsin party week – I better see all of you at the Green Bay Distillery next week at 3 PM.