The Green Bay Packers dropped their third straight game on Sunday, losing to the Denver Broncos and falling to 2-4 on the season. Even more disappointing, they continued to fail to show progress as a team.
Heading into this season, Packers fans knew it would be a bumpy ride. That’s life after a superstar quarterback and one with a very young roster. Losses are one thing, but a team playing uninspiring on both sides of the ball is entirely different. There have been very few flashes over the past month.
Green Bay will continue to work to right the ship. It’s a long season after all, and they’re not even halfway through it. With that in mind, here are five winners and losers from their Week 7 loss to the Broncos (but mostly losers).
Here are five winners and losers from the Green Bay Packers third-straight loss, this time coming at the hands of the Denver Broncos.
Winner: AJ Dillon
Dillon got off to a slow start to the season, but has been running with more intention and power in the Packers’ last two games. He continued to lower his shoulder and deliver the boom against Denver, showing more signs of the promising player we saw during the early part of his career. He tallied 15 carries for 61 yards (a 4.1 yards per rush average) and two receptions for 34 yards.
Loser: Matt LaFleur
The Packers offense scored zero points in the first half, trailing 9-0 going into halftime. That’s been a season-long trend that Matt LaFleur doesn’t have an answer for. The Packers knew they would have to rely on LaFleru’s playcalling creativity to spark the offense this season, but he’s been unable to hold up his end of the bargain. There’s absolutely no reason Green Bay should move on from him this season or in the offseason, but it’s natural to wonder if he’s the long-term answer in Green Bay.
The Packers were supposed to get healthy coming out of their bye, but the injury list only continues to grow longer. More players got hurt on Sunday, including Eric Stokes, Darnell Savage, Devonte Wyatt, Christian Watson and Luke Musgrave.
Loser: Offensive Line
Green Bay’s offensive line was supposed to be an area of strength coming into the season, but they’ve been a disaster all year long. Rasheed Walker is not the answer at left tackle, and I’m not sure what Yosh Nijman did to deserve a spot on the bench. He can’t be worse than Walker. As a unit, they struggle in run blocking, often allowing several guys into the backfield at once. They’re a big reason the team can’t consistently score points.
Loser: Packers’ Fans
Sure, there’s been the occasion losing season here or there, but it’s been about three decades since Packers’ fans had to put up with a bad team. Losing these last two games against the Raiders and Broncos is depressing. Denver was supposed to be the Packers “get right” game, but it turns out that’s the role Green Bay is playing week in and week out.