The season in three plays
On the heels of the most epic loss in Packer history, I contend that the season ended prematurely because of three bad plays and a weak offensive strategy seen all season long.
Play 1: Incomplete pass to a wide open Nelson at Buffalo. Successful pass would have meant a win, then home field advantage for playoffs.
Play 2: Muffed onside kick recovery in NFC game. Momentum shifts to Seattle.
Play 3: Weak effort to defend Seattle’s pass for two-point conversion. If incomplete, the Pack wins with field goal instead of gaining the tie.
Weak strategy: Inability to get short yardage into the end zone. The offense was too predictable; too dependent on Lacy; too easily defended; and got too many three-pointers instead of TDs. These are in addition to the oft-mentioned inability to adequately defend against the run.
What must the Packers do to fix the problems and win the Super Bowl next year? The priorities must be to get the talent to stop the run and the coaching to create an “unpredictable offense.”