Rodgers and co. moved the ball well. The offensive rushed for 389 yards and Rodgers had a season-high 291 yards. The only time the offense didn’t cross midfield was when the Packers received the ball and took a knee with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Yet somehow the Packers walked away that day in single digits. On Green Bay’s first drive, a 13-play, 88-yard odyssey that seemed destined for a seven, Rodgers threw an interception from the 5-yard line after it ricocheted off a helmet near the line of scrimmage.
The second ride had a similar outlook with an identical ending. After failing to score in three straight games against the 32nd NFL defense from the 1-yard line, the Packers got creative with their fourth down attempt, sneaking David Bakhtiari off the line with left tackle to take one possible touchdown catch.
Bakhtiari was open but Rodgers’ pass fell short and ended up in the arms of Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. It was the first time the 18-year veteran threw two red zone picks in a game.
Rodgers’ third interception – his second against defenseman Kerby Joseph – came on the ball spotted in another sweeping game at the Lions ’23 when the offense knocked on the door.
Those errors, plus two possessions that ended in relegations in Lions territory and the fact that Rodgers was leading the team with just 40 yards, made for a strong showing from Green Bay’s defensive lineup.
“Pretty disappointed,” Rodgers said after the game. “That pretty much sums it up.”
The offensive disappointments have become a common refrain for the Packers’ 2022 iteration. Green Bay’s nine points, already ranked 26th on Sunday’s scoring charts, are their worst tally since their 23-7 season-opener loss to Minnesota.
Worse, the injury virus bit the Packers hard on Sunday. Wide receiver Romeo Doubs retired with an ankle injury after Green Bay’s first offensive play of the game. Running back Aaron Jones (ankle), cornerback Eric Stokes (ankle/knee), linebacker Rashan Gary (knee) and wide receiver Christian Watson (concussion evaluation) – all key contributors – followed him to the touchline afterwards.
Putting the ship back on track will be a tall order at this point, even if Green Bay brings back most or all of those who left Sunday’s game injured in the near future. Despite Rodgers’ palpable frustration during the loss, he still sees a way to do it.
“I’ve been counted out many times in my life, as have many of my teammates, and I hope we just dig deep and find a way,” he said. “We’re really going to be underdogs for a lot of games in the future. Hopefully we can accept that. We have two home games. We have to win these two games in one week. And then this thing looks a bit different.”
Green Bay’s next two home games are on November 13 against the Cowboys and four days later in prime time against the Titans. If the Packers emerge from this gauntlet with two surprise wins, the road back to .500 doesn’t get any easier. The currently undefeated Eagles are waiting for the Packers Football on Sunday night in week 12.