The Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) fell to the Los Angeles Rams (8-0) on Sunday afternoon by a score of 29-27.
Some initial thoughts from the loss:
Jaire Alexander is going to be a player for the Packers’ defense for quite a while to come. The rookie made his presence felt in his return from injury, breaking up five passes and showing off his tackling chops. He’s not afraid of anyone or anything, and he’s not afraid to let people know that. Sure, we’re seven games into his career, but it’s already looking like he’ll turn out to be a gem of a first pick for Brian Gutekunst.
The defense as a whole played extremely inspired. There was a lull between the end of the first half and the early part of the second half where they looked tired, but the unit responded nicely with stops late in the game. If the bye week is what Mike Pettine needed to tune it up and get guys locked in, it could be a lot of fun watching them work the rest of the season.
Terrible decision by Ty Montgomery to bring the ball out of the end zone with under two minutes left and the Packers trailing by a point. Even worse, the decision to try and fight for an extra yard, which resulted in what amounted to a game-sealing fumble recovery for the Rams. Your quarterback has a penchant for leading game-winning drives, just give him a chance.
Aaron Jones needs to be the bell cow for this offense. Mike McCarthy seemed to defer to Jones late in the game, so it will be interesting to see if he still tries to explain why a heavy rotation is necessary.
The Packers showed some fight, sure, but 3-3-1 is not a great place to be. A division championship is still very much within reach, but with a brutal stretch of games coming up, Green Bay needs to find ways to win these close games.
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