Packers vs. Colts: Injuries Mount as Green Bay Loses Late to Indianapolis

Andrew GardaCorrespondent IApril 3, 2017

INDIANAOPLIS, IN - OCTOBER 7: B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers is carted off of the field after an injury against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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A lot went wrong for the Packers in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Even in the first half, when the Packers were in command, something seemed off. The offense still was a little out of sync, with Aaron Rodgers missing open receivers short while he waited for someone to break free long.

The defense was doing a fair job of holding Luck down, with an assist from Luck's teammates. However, there were opportunities to generate turnovers that were not capitalized on.

With a 21-3 lead at the half, nobody seemed worried by these things, but they were there.

As was the slow march of injury through the starting ranks of the team.

B.J. Raji and Cedric Benson went down in the first half, followed by Jermichael Finley in the second half.

Alex Green had a solid outing in the place of Benson, but in an odd play choice, there were very few runs in the third quarter. Ultimately, that time would cone back to burn the Packers when Luck and company were able to cobble together a game-winning drive.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Packers seemed to drop linebackers into coverage a ton of the time (something which will be interesting to see on film) instead of getting after Luck.

Often it left Luck just too much time, and he was able to find his receivers, especially Reggie Wayne, for big gains.

At the end of the day, losing Benson and Finley in addition to not having Jennings was too much for the offense to overcome, while the defense missed too many opportunities to generate turnovers.

It's time for the Packers to take some serious looks at their offense and defense and see what adjustments need to be made to get back into the division race and back on track.


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