GREEN BAY, Wis. — The one factor that might cease Davante Adams and the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ offense Thursday was the little blue harm tent adjoining to their bench.
The Professional Bowl receiver was having the most efficient sport of his profession — 10 catches for 180 yards — earlier than being pressured off the sector due to a toe harm halfway by the fourth quarter.
“It is robust, as a result of I really feel like these are the kind of moments that I am constructed for,” Adams stated.
With Adams being examined, the Packers had first-and-goal on the 1-yard line.
They threw all 4 instances: Incomplete. Incomplete. Incomplete. Incomplete.
Nicely, that didn’t formally finish the Packers’ possibilities in a 34-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night time. Aaron Rodgers & Co. — sans Adams — truly had another possession, however the Eagles picked off a deflected cross close to the objective line within the closing minute.
To that time, it had been the Adams present.
Rodgers virtually informed the Eagles this coming in, they usually nonetheless couldn’t cease it. 5 days after the Packers quarterback proclaimed “4 targets … is clearly not sufficient” for Adams, Rodgers rectified that.
Adams caught six passes within the first quarter, essentially the most by a Packers participant in a primary quarter since Greg Jennings in 2011. By halftime, he had eight catches for 158 yards — 12 extra yards than the complete Philadelphia offense.
However when the Packers wanted Adams for the ultimate two drives, he was out.
Davante Adams’ profession night time was ended by a toe harm with the Packers driving. Quinn Harris/Getty Photos
Troubling pattern: So that is what occurs when an actual offense — with an actual quarterback — involves city.
Three weeks of reward heaped upon the Packers’ protection might need been the overreaction of the primary month of the NFL season.
At the least that’s what it appeared like Thursday, when Carson Wentz and the Eagles rolled into Lambeau Area. And wait till the Packers should play Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys subsequent weekend. Or Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs later subsequent month.
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Good factor the Packers (Three-1) feasted on the likes of Mitchell Trubisky, Kirk Cousins and an ageing Joe Flacco for 3 necessary early-season victories earlier than the schedule turned more durable.
The Packers’ cross rush disappeared. They entered the sport with 12 sacks — tied for third within the NFL by Week Three. That they had none Thursday night time.
They got here in permitting 11.7 factors per sport. They gave up practically twice that within the first half.
And the run protection. Oh, the run protection. The Eagles gashed the Packers for 176 yards on the bottom.
“That’s been our in largest concern, and we’ve talked within the room about it,” Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine stated the day earlier than the sport. “We’ve bought to get a deal with on the explosive performs — not simply the runs however the passes. The reward we’re receiving as a protection, our guys know that we’re nowhere close to the place we will be. The movie doesn’t lie.”
Promising pattern? Perhaps Inexperienced Bay’s first lack of the season gained’t be the tip of the world. If the Packers had gained, Matt LaFleur would’ve been the primary rookie head coach in franchise historical past to begin a season Four-Zero. He would’ve been the fourth NFL rookie head coach to do it up to now 15 seasons. However two of the earlier three didn’t make the playoffs in that season: Josh McDaniels (2009, 6-Zero) and Dan Quinn (2015, 5-Zero).
Eye-popping Subsequent Gen Stat: Adams reached 20.7 mph on his 58-yard reception. That was his quickest max pace on a reception up to now 4 seasons, in keeping with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats analysis.