Slow starts holding offense back
Three-and-out. Three-and-out. Three-and-out.
That’s how the Packers offense began proceedings in Washington. The Redskins failed to capitalize in the first quarter, but this slow start by Green Bay continues a worrying trend.
A week ago at Tennessee there was no such letup for the early offensive woes, the Titans racing out to a 21-0 lead inside the first quarter. Ballgame.
Seven days earlier, the Packers surrendered a touchdown on the opening kickoff to Indianapolis, and following two disappointing offensive drives, the Colts again found the end zone to open up an 11-point lead.
Kirk Cousins took a while to get rolling with the wind in his back early on, giving the Packers a perfect opportunity to impose their will and take command of the game. As the offense stalled, all momentum created by the defense was squashed, who were back on the field no sooner than they had left it.
It was once rare to see Green Bay fail to score on their opening possession. Now it’s a surprise if they move the chains.
A poor defensive performance takes the blame for a fourth consecutive defeat, but a slow start offensively set the tone.