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Packers lose to Commanders; Rodgers “not worried” about team

The Green Bay Packers lose to the Commanders on Sunday, but Aaron Rodgers stays positive about his squad

The Green Bay Packers lose to the Commanders on Sunday, but Aaron Rodgers stays positive about his squad
Scott TaetschAFP

The Green Bay Packers are in trouble.

On Sunday, the team led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers had their third consecutive loss after the Washington Commanders defeated them 23-21 at FedEx Field. The Packers struggled at offense, again, and dropped to a 3-4 record in Week 7 of the 2022 NFL season.

Rodgers, the four-time NFL MVP, still isn’t worried about his squad, as he believes it could be the latter. When asked about whether he believes there is a chance for the Packers to recover, Rodgers showed confidence unlike what we have seen on the field so far.

You’re goddamn right it does,” he said. “I’m not worried about this squad. In fact, this might be the best thing for us. This week, nobody’s going to give us a chance, going to  Buffalo on ‘Sunday Night Football,’ with a chance to get exposed. Shoot, this might be the best thing for us.”

“Run the table”

This wouldn’t be the first time we would see the Packers rebound from a series of unfortunate events. In 2016, Green Bay lost a game at FedEx Field to drop to 4-6, and Rodgers offered his “run the table” assertion shortly after the loss, which eventually came to life. The Packers ended up winning their final six regular-season games, two postseason games and reached the NFC Championship Game.

Can the Packers recover?

Anything is possible. And especially in the NFL.

While the Packers are currently averaging just 18.3 points per game, their worst since 2006, there are a few things that can help them get back on their feet:

1. Get the ball down the field. Rodgers entered this weekend’s matchup with the second-lowest average in the NFL, and only 3.2 air yards on his completions Sunday. He knows he will need more of the mental game to avoid those sorts of mistakes that he mentioned were “too many,” and make his way down the field.

I think I might need to do that a little bit more,” Rodgers said. “I kind of had a mindset to maybe look to do that a little bit more. Didn’t do it enough today.”

2. Get some of the guys back. The Packers played Sunday without Randall Cobb (ankle) and Christian Watson (hamstring), and continue to plan an offensive line shakeup that is yet to be used. With a few crucial players suffering injuries, such as David Bakhtiari (knee) and Allen Lazard (shoulder), Green Bay has little production. They need to get those players healthy as soon as possible, and do better with the ones who fill in. Sammy Watkins, who just got back after a four-game absence, only managed two catches for 36 yards and was far from catching any of the few deep balls Rodgers threw. He will need to do a lot more than this.

3. Find out how to attack, just like head coach Matt LaFleur said after the matchup on Sunday. LaFleur, who is facing his first three-game losing streak in four seasons coaching the Packers, will do everything in his power to find the missing piece to the puzzle. LaFleur plans on “finding out what we’re made of,” in terms of how his team starts attacking every day moving forward.

The Packers face the Buffalo Bills next on Monday, Oct. 31.


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