Packers’ defense struggles in costly loss to Titans in Week 11

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

It was a game the Green Bay Packers couldn’t afford to lose.

At home, coming off a big win, Green Bay needed to build momentum and make it two victories in a row. But Matt LaFleur’s team couldn’t keep up with the Tennessee Titans in a potentially season-ending defeat.

The Packers made a slow start, allowing the Titans to march down the field on an eight-play touchdown drive that only took a little over four minutes. It was followed by a Green Bay three-and-out.

However, the offense did improve, with Christian Watson catching yet another touchdown on the Packers’ second possession of the game. He would add another in the third quarter, making it an incredible five touchdown catches in five days for the rookie.

But every time the offense pulled the game back, the defense let them down. Shortly after Watson’s touchdown catch and Aaron Jones’ two-point conversion to make it a three-point game, the Titans scored another touchdown on just five plays.

Early in the fourth quarter, Rasul Douglas came up with a huge play, intercepting Ryan Tannehill on third down. Tennessee was on Green Bay’s 31-yard line with a chance to put the game away.

However, the offense couldn’t make the most of it. A penalty made it first-and-20 before Aaron Rodgers missed a wide-open Sammy Watkins on third down.

On the next drive, Allen Lazard was open in the middle of the field, but Rodgers threw too high and the Packers failed to convert on fourth down. Another bad error from the back-to-back MVP.

It proved costly. That was the chance to get back into the game.

The Packers are in trouble, having already lost seven games. Up next? A road game against the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles.

Sunday gave us hope. It was crushed on Thursday night.