Knowing that the Green Bay Packers needed a win and knowing their history, you expected them to come out swinging against the Tennessee Titans.
Instead the Packers came out even flatter than last week and got absolutely destroyed today by the Titans. 47-25. It was a shocking debacle for a team once considered a Super Bowl contender.
Those days seem like a long time ago.
The hot seat for Mike McCarthy is only going to get hotter. And the Packers, who had their back against the wall already, find themselves facing more questions than answers.
Aaron Rodgers had his moments.He was 31-of-51 for 371 yards. He threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. But on the Packers first three possessions, he was clearly off.
Green Bay gained 17 yards and punted three times on those drives. And by the time Rodgers and the Packers got things going, it was 21-0 and it was too late.
Injuries haven’t helped and things got even worse against the Titans. The Packers lost two staters on the offensive line and they once again played without Clay Matthews.
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But that was no excuse for the Titans averaging 14 yards a play in the first quarter and scoring 47 points. The 75-yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray on the Packers’ first defensive possession set the tone. From that point on, the Packers seem defeated.
The question now is whether the Packers can turn it around? One thing in their favor is the fact that Minnesota lost to Washington, meaning Green Bay trail the Vikings and Lions each by just a game.
The Packers just need to be within a game of both teams by Week 16. If they do that, they will control their own destiny thanks to the fact they play the Vikings and Lions in back-to-back weeks to close the season.
But at this point, it’s unclear if the Packers will turn it around. They have two more road games coming and both will be challenging.
The Eagles and Redskins are both in the thick of the playoff hunt and losses to either would hurt greatly in the wildcard race.
The Packers are going to need three or four wins by Week 16 to even have a shot and unless the defense can turn things around, it could be difficult to achieve. Clay Matthews return will help, the defense allows just 19 points a game when he’s playing, but even that’s not a guarantee.
At 4-5, desperation time has officially arrived and unless they can turn things around in the coming weeks, the 2016 season is going to go right down the tubes.