Packers: 3 takeaways from loss to Vikings in Week 1

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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2. Another slow start in the season opener

In three of Matt LaFleur’s four seasons as head coach, the Packers have been a way off their best in the season opener.

They won in 2019, but it was a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears. The offense struggled throughout and the Packers did just enough to hold on for victory. Last season, they were embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints in a 38-3 blowout.

Today, LaFleur’s team were outplayed in every phase of the game by their rivals. Even with a new head coach and new system, the Vikings looked more ready to play. They found success against a talented Packers defense, and offered little to LaFleur’s offense.

The only fast start we’ve seen from Green Bay under LaFleur was a 43-34 victory over the Vikings at the same stadium in 2020. That game was played in front of zero fans.

Perhaps it’s due to many starters not playing in the preseason. But the Packers aren’t the only team to rest their starters in August.

Maybe it’s to do with the preparation in the first week. Perhaps it’s just coincidence.

Last year, Green Bay bounced back to win 13 of its remaining 16 games after an awful start in Week 1. It’s certainly no time to panic, but it’s yet another slow start under LaFleur.