Well, after a game like that I truly don't know what to think of the Packer's offensive unit. Granted Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee were both knocked out with injuries, but they simply don't have any rhythm or consistent trends. I don't know if that falls to the players or simply the coaching.
The few bright spots in such a horrible loss were:
Brandon Jackson did look "slightly" better in this game, though most of his 112 yards came off one long run that I promptly missed due to a power outage at my house.
Andrew Quarless in general looked rather solid, minus a failed TD conversion and holding penalty.
The defense did their job and held the Redskins on several key series including once in overtime.
The bad? Well...just about everything else.
The offense looked terrible in every aspect with the exception of the first quarter. Quite a surprise in that one I'm afraid. Aaron Rodgers has talked all season about not having any identity as an offense...and that trend continues to show itself. Special teams were special teams. Tim Masthay had a decent game punting, but unfortunately, the coverage teams did little to help him.
I'm not even going to start about Mason Crosby. The day I see a game clinching field goal, he will have my respect again.
I seriously can't watch our offense on the field without getting the worst feeling in the pit of my stomach. "Something is going to go wrong." I really can't tell what it is, but Rodgers, to me, doesn't seem like the same quarterback we saw last season—at least not through the last five games. Perhaps he's trying to force more throws, and most of us know that ends badly a good portion of the time.
It wasn't until Clay Matthews was also forced out with yet another injury to his hamstring that the Washington offense was allowed to execute and execute they did. I will not, however, hold our defense accountable for this loss; they did their job when the time came.
One thing that seems to have me baffled is the need for our offense to find deep receivers when it takes only...I don't know...two yards to get a first down? Again, Rodgers seems to making a lot of changes at the line this year, and right now, I'm taking his decision making ability into accountability.
One key factor that I've seen in every single game from our opponents has been this: passion. Whenever I watch the Green and Gold, apart from a given few players, I just get the feeling of lights being on, but nobody is home.
Perhaps this is passed down through coaching, but momentum is such a big key in the game of football that all it takes is one play to change it all, and that also happened this afternoon. Our defense did respond—our offense and special teams did not.
I really do have to ask the same question that I did last week. Who exactly are the Green Bay Packers? I'm really starting to hold McCarthy's coaching accountable for such poor game time responses from the team. Now with a whole heap of new injuries on top of it, I really don't know what to expect from the rest of the season.
As we all know from last year, they're capable of turning things around, but at this point and time, the Packer's continue to operate without a firm grasp on the wheel.
One thing I know for CERTAIN. If I read McCarthy or Rodgers saying one more time in postgame interviews either, "We have to get our act cleaned up, look at the film, and find our offensive rhythm..," I very well might go insane.
The only thing continuing to defeat the Green Bay Packers is the Green Bay Packers. Many things haven't gone the Packer's way this season from penalties and injuries to just plain execution. Perhaps it's just not the year for them, and I'm truly surprised that we actually have a 3-2 record despite mediocre showings.
Mike McCarthy will be on the hot seat quicker than his head can spin if Green Bay continues to spiral down into mediocrity.