Green Bay Packers: What the Loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Actually Means

Nate BloomContributor IDecember 19, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18:  Marshall Newhouse #74 of the Green Bay Packers picks up an Aaron Rodgers #12 fumble caused by Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Contrary to the scoreboard, that game was not even close.  The Chiefs outperformed the Packers in almost all areas.  They could catch the football, something the Green Bay receivers couldn't seem to grasp (pun intended).  They rushed the quarterback effectively, which is another missing piece of the Packers defense this season.  They proved that there is no such thing as a "bend-but-not-break" defense.  It doesn't matter what defense is playing, the odds are against stopping four drives in the red zone.

Frankly, the Packers' performance was hideous.

Give some credit to Romeo Crennel and the Chiefs; they earned the win.  However, their strategy is nothing more than what every other team has attempted against Green Bay.  Hasn't every team said they were going to go after Aaron Rodgers?  Hasn't every team talked about denying the Packers possession of the ball?  Hasn't every quarterback emphasized not giving up turnovers?  The key to beating the Packers has always been there, Kansas City is just the first to make it happen.

So, while the rest of the NFL celebrates the giant-killing Chiefs victory this week, the Packers need to get up, watch some film and find a way to fix the problems from this past week. 

Defensively, the Packers need to either return to their high turnover performances or get back to playing traditional defense.  300 yards passing is really too much.  The offense showed that they cannot always make up the balance.

Offensively, the Packers need to patch up the line.  The losses of Derek Sherrod and Brian Bulaga were really rough on what is already a beat-up squad.  The receiving corps needs to start catching the football, and Jermichael Finley needs to stay in his lane and stop complaining about how much press Tim Tebow is getting.

It's been said before, but this loss is valuable.  The Packers have seen their weaknesses exploited, and can now start the process of addressing those before the playoffs.

Time will tell whether this loss is a speed bump or a brick wall, but right now Green Bay is still first in the black-and-blue North Division, first in the NFC and first in the NFL.  Aaron Rodgers is still the best quarterback in the league.  Most importantly, the Packers are still the reigning Super Bowl Champions.