One of the telltale signs that the Green Bay Packers' offense was out of synch on Sunday night is the running stats. On the first drive of the game, Eddie Lacy ran the ball seven times. Throughout the rest of the game, he had just six carries.
As the Packers forgot about running the ball in the second and third quarters, their offense failed to generate anything substantial. And although the offense was able to put up ten points in the fourth quarter on the strength of the passing game, it was not a smooth process.
It's nearly impossible to imagine the Packers being able to come out of Washington with a win next week if they don't rush for more than 100 yards as a team. And they can't get there if they don't commit to running the football.
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Unfortunately, the margin of victory on Sunday was provided by a fumble return for a touchdown by the Vikings. That squandered a great effort by the defense, who allowed fewer than 250 total yards and recorded three sacks.
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The Packers moved the ball reasonably well on their opening drive with two backs and two tight ends, but they had to convert a 4th down and didn't find the end zone. Then the unit faltered on succeeding drives until the fourth quarter.
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Once again, Mike McCarthy put the running game by the wayside in the second quarter, something that cannot happen next weekend if the Packers want to have any serious hope of advancing to the Divisional round.
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The lack of an effective backup plan at the position has seriously hurt the Packers in the past two weeks, and though Josh Sitton put forth his best effort there on Sunday he looked out of position more than once and struggled for much of the game.
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Thumbs down to Aaron Rodgers, whose interception was a bad decision and who had multiple poor throws throughout the game.
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