Like the changing of the leaves, the Packers are nearly guaranteed to go through a stretch of the regular season where they give everyone a good reason to doubt whether or not the wheels are starting to come off. After the game, Crosby said that he'd never had a day like that before.
"I think he's one of the greatest kickers of all time", Rodgers said.
Blame McCarthy, like we always do, or blame a lackadaisical defense, per usual.
What's most troubling about this isn't the 2-2-1 record or the fact that the team has looked vanilla, it's that Aaron Rodgers looks mortal. "They haven't had much of an opportunity early in the season", Cobb said. We just have to come up with those plays. "You have to have the ability to get in and out of personnel groups".
"At some point in the season, your young players are going to play, and our receiver position is potentially in that situation", McCarthy said. "If everyone, the doctors and I, feel like I'm ready I'm going to play".
Three rookie wideouts were a main culprit for the slow start - whether it be failing to gain separation, running the wrong route, or just plainly getting locked up in coverage - but there were a few instances where Rodgers didn't look like himself as well. Allison remains in the concussion protocol, but McCarthy thinks (or perhaps hopes) that Allison will clear into time for the game.
Sunday's performance may have been the ugliest first half the Packers offense has had since Week 8 of the 2015 season against the Denver Broncos, where they only managed 167 total yards of offense in the entire game. But at some point, this pattern of struggling and bouncing back is going to get broken. He didn't hit them today, so that's good. "You guys don't see the practices, but J'Mon's been making a lot plays in practice and improving and same with Eq".
King's return to the active roster comes after he sustained a groin injury against the Vikings in the second week of the season. "He took every rep (Thursday) in practice".
Things got so bad for Crosby that he threw away his cleats and switched to a new pair after his third miss. Accomplishing those things should improve an offense that has been so-so on third down and very bad in the red zone. "I left a bunch of points on the field for this team, and I'm disappointed".