The Green Bay Packers’ Week 1 blowout loss was stunning.
From players and coaches to their passionate fan base, everyone was flabbergasted as to how the team came out so flat against the New Orleans Saints. For a team expected by most to compete for a Super Bowl, this was a performance that triggered a few alarm bells.
Apparently none of those were in Lambeau Field.
There is a good reason for that. The Packers have not lost consecutive games in the same season under Matt LaFleur, meaning the team bounces back quickly and has at least mastered the art of burning the tape after laying an egg on the field. It also shows they have faith in their team to right the ship quickly.
That faith hopefully is rewarded Monday night at home against the Detroit Lions because back-to-back losses, including one against arguably the worst team in football, won’t just cause concern. It would cause a full blown panic within the fan base.
Until proven otherwise, the Packers should be expected to right the ship against Detroit before facing a crucial test against San Francisco in Week 3.
That will likely be the crucial barometer for how good the Packers really are.
The team is confident they’ve put Sunday’s stinker behind them but fans should be forgiven if their angst is a little higher than it probably should be as the Packers prepare to face the Lions.
LaFleur’s offense is predicated around taking what the defense gives you and scheming receivers open. Forcing the ball is generally frowned upon, but Davante Adams feels the Packers should press their luck a bit in double coverage situations to keep defenses honest.
Playing with a rookie center can be challenging for a veteran quarterback but Aaron Rodgers thought Josh Myers played well and Pro Football Focus graded him the fifth-highest center in the league last week.
Packers fans still love Jamaal Williams and for good reason but these words have to sting a bit and a revenge game for the former Packer would hurt even worse.
It would appear the NFL officiating crew for Monday’s game has gotten lost on the way to Green Bay.