The loss to the Saints ended a franchise record of six straight wins in the first week of the season for the Packers.
After having perhaps the most disappointing performance of the first week of the NFL, the Green bay packers they must show that it was an aberration and not an indicator that they are not as good as believed.
The Packers lost 38-3 to the New Orleans Saints on Jacksonville, Florida, ending a franchise record of six consecutive wins in the first week of the season. It was a shocking result for a team that openly spoke about what was at stake this year after losing the championship of the National Conference the last two campaigns.
“Unfortunately, in this league sometimes they humiliate you,” acknowledged the head coach of the Packers, Matt LaFleur, on Monday. “They certainly humiliated us.”
An offense that led the league with 31.8 points per game the previous season couldn’t find the end zone. The quarterback and reigning Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers he completed 15 of 28 passes for 133 yards and two interceptions.
“I felt that we did not have much energy,” he said. Rodgers, who compared the result to a 26-11 loss to Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.
The offense was barely on the field in the first half due to the Saints they controlled possession extremely effectively.
The new defensive coordinator of the Packers, Joe Barry, had a debut for oblivion after Green bay allowed five touchdowns and a field goal in the first seven possessions of the Saints.
“I still have all the confidence in the world in our defense,” said safety. Adrian amos. “We are going to regroup and improve this week. We will review our assignments, see where we went wrong. “
The bulky loss came after a turbulent offseason in which Rodgers he missed much of the preseason program before reporting to training camp on time.
Players acknowledged before the campaign that they understood what is at stake this year due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of Rodgers and to the receiver All-Pro, Davante Adams, who could become a free agent next year.
Still they had an appalling start to the season.
The corridor Aaron Jones it was questioned after the game if the problem was “a little complacency.” Rodgers He stated that “we probably thought we would advance the field against whoever was there” before adding that “obviously it was not the case.”
“It took me a bit by surprise,” he acknowledged Jones. “I’m not used to losing like this. I know that everyone in the dressing room, including me, felt good before the game. We felt that we had worked hard in training and did everything necessary ”.
The Packers have never lost consecutive duels under the tutelage of LaFleur, who is in his third season. They will need to play better in all respects to avoid a second loss in a row when they face the Detroit Lions in his first home game.
“The beauty of the NFL is that no one is going to feel sorry for you and you better not feel sorry for yourself, “he said. LaFleur. “You need to get back to work and try to hit the reset button and focus on the next opponent.”