In a disappointing away game, the Green Bay Packers suffered a 19-17 loss to the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.
Similar to their previous defeat in Las Vegas before the bye week, the Packers faced significant challenges on offense from the beginning. Unfortunately, their hopes of winning the game were dashed by an interception, despite having a late opportunity to make a comeback.
Both defeats were equally frustrating because they significantly affected the game’s outcome, with the team being shut out in the first half and trailing 0–9 at the interval.
Head coach Matt LaFleur acknowledged the team’s tendency to put themselves in difficult positions while expressing his unhappiness. He underlined how frustrating it is to trail by zero points at the half and how crucial offensive execution is to win, particularly when the defense limits the opposition to fewer than 20 points.
LaFleur gave a direct response when questioned about the team’s development over the bye week in addressing their poor beginnings, emphasizing that more work needs to be done. Over the last four games, the Packers have only managed six points in the first half, underscoring their lack of offensive consistency.
The Green Bay Packers’ disappointing game against the Denver Broncos was partially their own fault. The head coach, Matt LaFleur, apologized for the play call made last night and acknowledged that it could have been better to have chosen a safer choice. A successful QB draw play was invalidated by a holding penalty, and rookie kicker Anders Carlson was unable to convert a crucial field goal. The team needs to get better, and they’re unhappy with themselves for missing out on these chances and making blunders at crucial moments.
With less than two minutes remaining and behind by two points, the Packers faced a difficult third-and-20 situation and elected to go for a long pass. Unfortunately, Bronco safety P.J. Locke intercepted quarterback Jordan Love’s throw meant for receiver Samori Toure because it lingered in the air too long. Like in their previous game in Las Vegas, this interception prevented the Packers from mounting another possible return.
LaFleur remarked I accept responsibility for that last play. I should have probably called a safer play, gained some yardage, and made things easier for ourselves in the next down situation. Since the next interception kept the Packers from mounting a comeback, LaFleur acknowledged that trying a deep pass on a third-and-20 play was a mistake. He admitted that in order to set up a better situation for the following down, a safer play may have been called.
Anders Carlson, the rookie kicker playing brilliantly, missed a crucial field goal try in the first half. The Packers were required to score points before halftime, and they missed. Additionally, a successful QB draw play that had gained a lot of yardages was overturned by a holding penalty on Pro Bowl guard Elton Jenkins. The Packers’ chances of taking back the lead were hampered by this penalty, which put them in a long-yardage scenario.
In the first half, the Broncos were only able to muster two field goals thanks to the efforts of the Packers’ defense. But after Carlson’s mistake, they gave up a fast 50-yard drive in only 32 seconds, which led to another field goal and a 9-0 Broncos lead at the half. The Broncos led 16-3 at the half after a defensive holding penalty in the second half erased a third-down stop and set up a touchdown.
Even though the Packers came back to lead the Broncos 17–16 in the fourth quarter, they let them drive 41 yards and take the lead again with a field goal. A third-and-one play gave the Packers a chance to cut short the Broncos’ drive, but it was easily converted.
With three of their next four games being played at home, the 2-4 Packers have a chance to snap their three-game losing streak and turn things around. The team’s injury report presents a serious obstacle, though.
The Packers’ offense has been struggling to make the most of important moments, leading to frustration within the team. Quarterback Jordan Love recognizes that these are crucial opportunities where he needs to perform better, as the team has lost games because they couldn’t take advantage of these chances. It’s essential for the offense to find a way to capitalize on these opportunities and convert them into points on the scoreboard.