Green Bay Packers: Reflective look at Sunday’s loss

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It is very Belichick-ian to say, but the Green Bay Packers were saying it on Sunday: “We are moving on to Tampa.”

Like every loss, the team has to find a way to pick up the pieces and move on to the next week.

This was a particularly lamentable loss, however. The Packers had every chance in the world to come away with a win – and just couldn’t capitalize on any of them.

There is danger in holding on too long, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers await to play spoiler to the Packers’ playoff hopes this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

There is just as great a danger in moving on too quickly, however. I am afraid that the players and coaches have not allowed themselves ample time to reflect on what actually went wrong in Buffalo. They just chalked it up to “one of those days” and vowed to move forward from it, unhindered in their Super Bowl quest.

All the media hype is on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Everyone is talking about Rodgers’ statistical shortcomings, having just posted the worst day at the office since his career took flight in 2008. There is talk about Rodgers having “imploded” and dropping down the list of MVP candidates because of one poor outing [in six years].

We would be remiss to forget about Peyton Manning being held to under 200 yards passing for two weeks in a row, or Tom Brady throwing multiple interceptions in his floundering performance against Kansas City earlier in the year.

In this “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” league – it’s all about what’s happening here and now.

Bearing all of this in mind, I would like to take one last look at Buffalo and find out what needs to be fixed before encountering Tampa; because if any game were a trap – wouldn’t this be it?