The Green Bay Packers Don't Know How to Finish -- Period

By Sean Tehan
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The Green Bay Packers (1-2) lost a heart-breaker at Paul Brown Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1), as the Bengals outscored the Packers 13-0 in the fourth quarter to earn a come-from-behind victory over the Packers, 34-30. Once again, the Packers proved how pathetic of a fourth-quarter team they really are.

Through three games, opponents have outscored the Packers 39-7 in the fourth quarter alone. The Bengals’ defensive intensity seemed to grow as the game had waned on, while the Packers seemed to become lethargic in the final quarter. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions, rookie running back Johnathan Franklin‘s dazzling debut performance (103 rushing yards, touchdown) was ruined because of a fourth-quarter fumble and the Bengals outplayed Green Bay.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the coaches and players preached in practice this past week to “finish” better in everything football-related. The message clearly didn’t sink in, because the 2013 Packers can’t seem to finish anything in a reasonable fashion.

The Packers’ start to the game wasn’t anything great to talk about either. It only took the Bengals’ offense 10 plays to go 80 yards down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession. On the ensuing kickoff, Packers returner Jeremy Ross fumbled and the loose ball was recovered by the Bengals. On the next play, Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis plowed two yards ahead for a touchdown, putting the Bengals quickly ahead of the Packers, 14-0.

If fans only saw the start of the game, most people would probably believe the game was going to be a Bengals rout. The Packers, though, showed some kind of heart, putting up 30 unanswered points from the first through third quarters, racing ahead to a 30-14 lead. The Packers defense had forced FOUR turnovers on four consecutive Bengals possessions, and the game should’ve been over, right?

No, this Packers team just likes to toy with Packer Nation’s emotions. The Packers’ offense couldn’t get it into the end zone because they don’t know how to finish drives. The Packers turned the football over three times in the second-half because they don’t know how to finish plays. The Packers couldn’t score in the fourth quarter and allowed 20 unanswered Bengals points because they don’t know how to finish games.

Injuries to Jermichael Finley (concussion), running back James Starks (knee) and outside-linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) could be an excuse for why the Packers couldn’t win the ball game, but don’t believe that for a second. The Cincinnati Bengals won because the Green Bay Packers flat-out sucked at finishing in everything football-related once again.

Thank goodness the Packers have such an early bye week this season; it couldn’t come at a better time. If the bye week was any later, the season too would be finished.

Sean Tehan is an NFL Writer for Follow him on Twitter @SeanTehan, or add him to your network on Google.

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