Whatever we saw last week in the Green Bay Packers’ promising road win over the Chicago Bears now feels like a distant memory.
The Packers coughed up the football five times on Sunday and were shut out for the first time since Nov. 19, 2007 – exactly 11 years to date – in a 23-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Lambeau Field.
Brett Hundley threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked six times, rookie running back Davante Mays fumbled twice (on three carries) and the Packers fell to 5-5 on the year, three games behind the 8-2 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.
When the Packers had any momentum on offense, Davante Adams was involved. He caught eight of his 10 targets for 126 yards, including a 33-yard reception in the first quarter, which was easily the biggest highlight of the day. Sunday marked the fifth game this season that Adams has totaled double-digit targets, which leads the Packers’ receiving corps. Three of those games have occurred since Aaron Rodgers was injured in Minnesota, signifying his chemistry with Hundley.
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DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix picked off his second pass of the season when he suffocated Danny Woodhead on the sideline and came down with Joe Flacco’s pass near the goal line. It was his 10th career interception. Clinton-Dix also racked up five tackles on the day.
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The Packers were rolling on their first possession of the game. They drove 58 yards down the field on their first three plays from scrimmage to set up a first-and-goal from Baltimore’s 10-yard line. On second down, Hundley took a three-step drop and fired a pass in the end zone to Randall Cobb – who was double-covered – and Baltimore intercepted it. Hundley was staring at Cobb the entire time. That play sparked a brilliant performance for the Ravens defense, which tallied its third shutout of the season and caught its NFL-leading 14th, 15th and 16th interceptions.
13 -- Green Bay had 13 possessions on Sunday. Those drives resulted in five turnovers, five punts and three failed fourth-down attempts. Yikes.
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THEY SAID IT
“It sucks, I’ll tell you right now. We’ve been practicing good on all cylinders, but today, we didn’t translate it to the field.” – Quarterback Brett Hundley
“You have to take care of the football. There’s no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ and ‘whats.’” – head coach Mike McCarthy
“We just gotta do more. … We have to put out the fire. No matter what happens, we have to be resilient. We can’t let them think they’re getting something going.” –Mike Daniels on the defense’s performance against Baltimore
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Next Sunday, the Packers will face a hot -- and well-rested -- Pittsburgh Steelers team, which is coming off a dominant 40-17 win over Tennessee on Thursday Night Football.