Besides a losing record, the last thing the Packers need is the injury bug to crop up. Unfortunately, in last night’s 17-31 loss to the Patriots, injuries played a factor. An even tougher pill to swallow may be that another running back’s fumble shifted momentum away from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Tied at 17, the Packers driving into New England territory and a score to take their first lead of the game was looking good. That is until Aaron Jones coughed up the ball on a six-yard run during the first play of the fourth quarter.
It was the first fumble for the second year man, but it was a costly one. From there, the Patriots would go on to score fourteen unanswered and win the game handily.
Highlights for the Packers include Rodgers 259/2/0 stat line, leaving him next to Drew Brees as the only two starting quarterbacks with 1 interception on the season. Also in this game, Aaron Jones (outside of the fumble) saw a 2:1 share of carries over Jamaal Williams and another game over five yards-per-carry.
For the receivers, Davante Adams saw the end zone yet again, but it was rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling that stole the show with his 101 yards. That is the second time the rookie has reached the 100 yard mark this season.
The Packers sit at 3-4-1, currently third in the division ahead of only Detroit. As it stands, Minnesota holds the final wildcard in the NFC which is where the Packers can only dream to be at the end of the season. Halfway through the year, the Packers have faced opponents with a winning percentage of .536 (37-31-1), with the remaining eight games against a winning percentage of .462 (31-35-1).
A ten win season for the Packers means they can only drop one game the rest of the year and while the winning percentage may seem like the competition lightens up, that may not be the whole story. With road games including the Seahawks, Vikings, and Bears, and a home match-up against the high-flying Falcons offense, the Packers need to find their stride.
Next week the Packers come home to face the Dolphins. Hopefully that can be the get-right game the Packers need to find the win column and pose a playoff threat in the NFC.
Until next time, Soosh out.