“Burn the tape.”
That was the advice of NBC football analyst Cris Collingsworth to the Green Packers last night after the New York Giants defeated the Pack 38-10 in front of a national audience.
The 28-point defeat was the largest since 2008 when they lost 51-29 (22 point differential) to the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 24. It was also the first time the Packers lost by 28 or more points in a game since a Dec. 23, 2007 loss to the Chicago Bears 35-7.
In Mike McCarthy’s tenure as Packers coach (since 2006) this was the seventh time the Packers lost by 20 or more points. Of McCarthy’s 37 regular season losses with the Packers, 13 have been by 10-plus points. This was the first double-digit loss for the Packers since Nov. 8, 2009 when they were defeated 38-28 by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Now the attention turns to next week’s game at home against the Minnesota Vikings. How will the team respond after this blowout loss? In the previous six games when the Pack lost by 20-plus points, they won only two the following week. Here’s a quick look at the six games the Packers lost by 20-plus points in the McCarthy era and how they fared the following week.
Sept. 9, 2006: Lost 26-0 to the Chicago Bears. The Packers lost 34-27 to the New Orleans Saints the following week.
Oct. 2, 2006: Lost 31-9 to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers lost 23-20 to the St. Louis Rams the following week.
Nov. 19, 2006: Lost 35-0 to the New England Patriots. The Packers lost 34-24 to the Seattle Seahawks the following week.
Dec. 3, 2006: Lost 38-10 to the New York Jets. Beat the San Francisco 49ers 30-19 the following week.
Dec. 23, 2007: Lost 35-7 to the Chicago Bears. Beat the Detroit Lions 34-13 the following week.
Nov. 24, 2008: Lost 51-29 to the New Orleans Saints. The Packers lost 35-31 to the Carolina Panthers the following week.
Yesterday’s loss was the worst defeat for QB Aaron Rodgers as a starter. His previous worst defeat was the 22-point loss to the Saints on Nov. 24, 2008. Rodgers has lost 25 regular season starts with the Packers, with 20 of them being losses by less than 10 points. His two playoff losses were by six and 17 points.
So how did Rodgers play after his only other start where the team lost by 20 or more points? In the following week against the Panthers (a game they lost 35-31), Rodgers was 29-for-45 for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 96.3 in that game.
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