The defending NFC North champions had a rough afternoon against the Commanders. Is Green Bay Packers’ head coach Matt LaFleur starting to feel the heat?
It had become downright traditional. The Green Bay Packers won 13 regular-season games during Matt LaFleur’s first season as an NFL head coach in 2019. The team would eventually reach the NFC Championship Game.
In 2020, there was a big-time case of déjà vu as the Packers once again finished 13-3 and this time, hosted the conference title tilt. And in 2021, it was another 13-win season as for the second straight year and once again, LaFleur’s team was the top playoff seed in the NFC.
Of course, the Packers failed to reach the Super Bowl in each of those previous campaigns. And this season is off to an extremely shaky start. Under LaFleur, the team had not lost back-to-back regular-season contests entering 2022. But after a 23-21 road loss to the Commanders on Sunday, Green Bay is suddenly in the midst of a three-game skid.
LaFleur was known for his offensive prowess. And yes, quarterback Aaron Rodgers no longer has star wide receiver, Davante Adams, at his disposal. But the two-point loss at Washington saw the Packers run for only 38 yards against the NFL’s 25th-ranked run defense entering Week 7.
All told, Green Bay’s offense managed only 232 total yards on a mere 47 offensive plays. It’s safe to say it was a frustrating day for Rodgers and the Pack’s attack.
The loss at Washington is now followed by two more road games – a prime-time trip to Buffalo and then an appearance at Ford Field in Detroit. There are still 10 games to go and obviously a lot of football to be played. And the way things are going in the NFC these days, there may be a couple of teams reaching the playoffs despite not winning at least 10 games. But LaFleur finds himself in a position that he hadn’t during his previous three years on the job.