The Green Bay Packers chance at history died with a whimper at the hands of the mediocre-at-best Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Packers offense didn’t bother to show, as the team fell 19-14, giving them their first loss of the season.
Aaron Rodgers had probably his worst game of the year, going 17-of-35 for 235 yards and only one passing touchdown. He wasn’t helped by his receivers who dropped several passes and his beat-up offensive line much, though.
Rodgers was sacked four times — three times by Tamba Hali — and pressured almost constantly as the offensive line lost both right tackle Bryan Bulaga and his replacement Derek Sherrod. The health of the offensive line will be key to the rest of the season and could be what eventually derails the Packers.
On the other side of the ball, the Packers defense was lackluster a week after playing their best game of the season. They came up with no sacks and no turnovers on the day and the team was outgained by more than 100 yards — 438 to 315. The Packers also lost the time of possession battle by more than 10 minutes — 36:11 to 23:49.
Those numbers tell the story of the game.
This is still the best team in the league, but their are some chinks in the armor right now.
The Packers will close the season with the Bears and Lions and can hopefully get healthy by the time the playoffs roll around. That will be key to this year’s Super Bowl run.