The Green Bay Packers found some rhythm on offense in the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders, but Matt LaFleur is getting too cute with his play-calling.
LaFleur went run-heavy early on, leaning on AJ Dillon, and to good effect. Dillon had seven carries for 29 yards on the opening two possessions, averaging 4.14 yards per attempt. It was working, but LaFleur keeps getting away from it.
On a third-and-3 at the Raiders' 47-yard line, Jordan Love took a deep shot to Jayden Reed. It was nowhere near a completion. Going deep on third down would've made sense if the Packers planned to go for it on fourth down. Instead, they tried to draw the Raiders offside before punting.
On Green Bay's next possession, with first-and-10 at the Las Vegas 20-yard line, LaFleur called an end-around for Christian Watson. It lost five yards and killed the drive. Green Bay had to settle for a field goal. The Packers had found success running the ball with Dillon, but LaFleur got cute.
LaFleur made another questionable call on the next drive. Facing third-and-11, he called a screen to running back Patrick Taylor. It fell incomplete.
The Packers found some rhythm early, but it's hard to understand why they keep getting away from what's working and calling too many creative plays. Packers fans, understandably, are frustrated.
Packers offense can't get out of its own way, and the fans aren't happy
Packers fans haven't enjoyed what they've seen after a promising start to the game.
Green Bay's offense can't stop getting in its own way. Jordan Love needs to play better, but Matt LaFleur has to do a better job of helping this offense find some rhythm. It was working early on, and the Packers need to get back to running the ball to get back on track.
The Packers are making life difficult against a Raiders defense that was allowing 26 points per game entering Week 5.