This week, the Green Bay Packers again lost on the road. So far this season, they have been winless in away games. They were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks in a final score of 27-24. This loss was a big one for the Packers, especially because they had started out so well against the Seahawks. The Packers, who are now 4-5-1, really needed to pull out this win to stay hopeful for the playoffs. They are currently third in the NFC North, behind Chicago and Minnesota. And while they’re not completely out of the running, this loss will make it harder for them to make up the difference. Seattle, now 5-5, take over Green Bay in the “in the hunt” position for a wildcard spot in the playoffs.
In the first half, the Packers scored 21 of their total 24 points. The Packers offense was working together well, the defense was making big stops, and Aaron Rodgers was playing like his typical, future hall of fame self. In fact, the momentum was strong for the Packers at the beginning of the game. On the first play from scrimmage, Clay Matthews forced a fumble, setting the Packers up in Seattle territory. It didn’t take the Packers long to capitalize off the turnover, with Aaron Jones scoring an eight-yard touchdown. After holding the Seahawks to a third and out, the Packers next drive ended when Mason Crosby missed a 47-yard field goal, which ended up being the difference in the game. Aaron Rodgers, though, was playing really well, exemplified by his impressive 54-yard touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan, the fourth string tight end who had never before caught a pass.
The Packers secondary was strong at the start of the game, too. Russel Wilson was limited in his passes and there weren’t a lot of successful shots down the field. The defense was also putting pressure on Wilson. Linebacker Kyler Fackrell sacked Wilson three times, for a total loss of 20 yards.
The momentum that the Packers had built up at the beginning of the game didn’t follow them through until the end, and that’s how they gave up their early lead. After the half, the Packers only scored three more points. The Packers had two third and out drives and Seattle took possession more in the second half than they did in the first. Rodgers, overall, got sacked five times. The running game got completely halted, with only 48 yards on the ground for the whole game. The Packers also struggled on third down, their conversion rate only 3/11.
This has been the issue for the Packers all season — they aren’t playing a full 60 minutes. Either they start out strong but taper in the second half, or they make fourth quarter rallies after being behind all game. When they’re playing well, they are a force to be reckoned with. However, they have seldom been that team that is so feared. If they have any hopes of making the playoffs, they have to play consistently. They have six games left in the season and since they are third in their division, they almost have to win out to have any hopes. Three of those six are division games, which will be a huge indicator of where they’ll stand. But this inconsistent gameplay will not land them in a good enough spot at the end of the season, especially given how strong the NFC is.