5 Things We Learned In Green Bay Packers Loss To Indianapolis Colts

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5 Things We Learned In Green Bay Packers Loss To Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts (2-2) defeated the Green Bay Packers (2-3) 30-27 in a very emotional win at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Colts wanted to win the game for their head coach Chuck Pagano, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Green Bay jumped out to a 21-3 half time lead at which point it looked like the preseason Super Bowl favorites were going to blow out Indianapolis. Unfortunately, the Packers’ offense was non-existent in the second half as they were only able to muster six points. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers got off to a fast start but clearly struggled in the third quarter and was unable to get any kind of rhythm going.

Injuries certainly played a big role in Green Bay’s loss as running back Cedric Benson, nose tackle B.J. Raji and tight end Jermichael Finley all left the game and never returned. Benson was off to a great start as he accumulated 41 all-purpose yards from scrimmage in the first half. Raji’s injury was the biggest one considering the Colt’s offense gashed the Packers on the ground in the second half.

Green Bay certainly has to tip their hat to quarterback Andrew Luck, as he made several phenomenal plays to get Indianapolis right back in the game. There were several times where it looked like the Packers had prevented the Colts from making a big play but Luck somehow would find a way to pick up yardage. The following slides are five things we learned in Green Bay’s loss to Indianapolis.

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Aaron Rodgers Needs to Release the Ball Sooner

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One thing is certain this season and that is Rodgers is not playing nearly as well as he did last year. The Packers’ offensive line has struggled at times this season but Rodgers must find a way to get rid of the ball sooner to avoid taking so many sacks. The Colts sacked Rodgers five times in the second half and three of those were because he simply held on to the ball too long. One play in particular happened in the fourth quarter when Rodgers had Randall Cobb open in the middle of the field. Instead of hitting him as he has done so many times in the past, Rodgers elected to hold on to the ball and look for a better play. It resulted in a sack and the Packers punting the ball to the Colts.

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Packers Must Be More Efficient On Third Down

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Green Bay was terrible on third downs against Indianapolis converting a measly 4-for-13. This is absolutely pathetic against a team that allows 38 percent of third downs to be completed. Rodgers and the offense knew they had to keep moving the chains to keep the momentum going but their poor third down efficiency was one of many reasons why they lost the ball game.

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Must Keep Pushing Forward with Big Lead

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As I have already stated, the Packers led the Colts 21-3 at half time. Green Bay could have easily won the game by continuing to do what they did and not get conservative in their play calling. Unfortunately, head coach Mike McCarthy got away from the eight to 10 yard slant passes and elected to keep running the ball to the left side where the Packers were unable to gain any positive yardage. Green Bay should have kept throwing the ball deep and taking chances to keep the pressure on. Not doing this cost them the game and could have severe mental repercussions on the team.

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Reducing Penalties Is Crucial

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The Packers committed nine penalties for a whopping 89 yards. This is inexcusable for a veteran football team with an experienced coaching staff. Granted, two of the penalties that accounted for more than 30 yards were horrible calls by the referees. However, Green Bay still must figure out a way to clean up the mistakes.

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Offense Must Give Defense Time to Rest

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Indianapolis possessed the ball for more than 17 minutes in the first half and finished the game with a time of possession of 35 minutes and 16 seconds. It is no wonder why Green Bay’s defense looked like they could barely run on Indianapolis’ final drive that ultimately won the game. Rodgers and the offense need to move the chains and keep drives alive in order to preserve leads. Also, it will give the defense time to rest and recharge their battery so they can make the necessary stops.


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