Nov 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs the ball during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Playing from behind is not fun
The Packers gave up a first quarter touchdown to the Denver Broncos. It was the Broncos first offensive TD of the year in the first quarter. In contrast, the Packers had the most prolific first quarter offense, outscoring opponents 66-9.
This week, the Packers ran seven plays (including the punt) on their opening drive; three runs and three passes. Lacy had a 11 yard gash up the middle but Aaron was 1 of 3 for -2 yards.
At least Tim Masthay had his best punting effort of the year.
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Later in the quarter, Aaron seemed to get it going, connecting on the first four passes of the drive but a 3rd down pass to Randall Cobb fell harmlessly to the ground. Aaron was 4 for 5 for 17 yards.
The next Packers drive was a three and out but started out promisingly with an 8 yard completion to Davante Adams. The next two runs were stuffed by the Broncos defense and the Packers were forced to punt once again.
Midway through the 2nd quarter, the Packers were down 17-0 and things were looking pretty bleak. Things weren’t going well for neither the Packers offense nor their defense.
Then Aaron Rodgers got things going a little bit. He started a drive with a 14 yard scramble. A couple plays later, he hit Richard Rodgers on a 3rd and 6 play for an 11 yard gain. A roughing the passer play moved the ball to the DEN 32. Randall Cobb swept around the left side for ten yards and another first down. The rest was up to Eddie Lacy who ran left for 15 yards and a couple plays later made a bruising two yard run up the middle for the score. DEN 17 – GB 7. There was hope in Packerland.
The Packers got the ball back to start the 2nd half and started marching down the field but got bogged down and had to settle for a 56 yard Mason Crosby field goal. DEN 17 – GB 10. Packers fans were getting excited.
Then things sort of got out of control. Sam Shields and Quinten Rollins were on the sidelines nursing sore shoulders. Demetri Goodson, who not yet played a snap all season, was lining up on the right side. It seemed that he had his back to the receiver (afraid to get beat?). Then Clay Matthews gets hurt when one of his teammates rolled up on the back of his leg. A play or two later, CJ Anderson rumbles for a 28 yard touchdown.
Then the Broncos started getting to Aaron Rodgers and the game was over.
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