With the Green Bay Packers losing 13-17 to the Las Vegas Raiders, it is time to talk about the offensive production behind the play-calling of Matt LaFleur.
Jordan Love threw three interceptions and the Packers couldn't move the ball more than 10 yards down the field, Love going 2-9 on passes 10+ yards. With this loss, Matt LaFleur is officially on the hot seat for many despite it being a "rebuilding year."
The narrative for the past couple of seasons was that LaFleur only won because he had Aaron Rodgers under center. Now that the head coach has an inexperienced Jordan Love passing the ball, they struggle to move it down the field. The injuries on the offensive line and in the backfield don't help, but we have seen LaFleur get it done with less players previously.
Packers offense trending in the wrong direction entering bye week
If the offense continues to struggle while the defense manages to hold opponents under 20 points, we cannot expect the Packers to win many games this season. Even though the Packers are only one game under .500 on the season and only in the fifth week, the future certainly is looking bleak. The Packers also had low expectations coming into the season, but they raised the bar with a blowout win over the Chicago Bears in Week 1 and a comeback victory in Week 3.
Remember, in Aaron Rodgers' first season as the starter in Green Bay, he went 6-10 under head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy wasn't fired because it was a transitionary period moving from Favre to Rodgers. The same is happening with Rodgers to Love; the first season starting with Love will have many ups and downs.
The bye week couldn't come at a better time for LaFleur and the Packers, as it will allow Aaron Jones and some of the other banged-up Packers to rest while LaFleur works on the play selection and use of talent. If the offense continues to struggle throughout the season, it wouldn't surprise anyone to see Matt LaFleur get the hot-seat treatment from NFL media.