Let me rephrase the opening sentence of this post. The Green Bay Packers just lost on the road to the defending Super Bowl Champions, in a building that is one of the toughest in American sports to go win a road game. Every team, no matter how good they are, is going to play a bad game every season. The Packers decided that game this season would be week one. If you look at the game tape closer, it wasn’t as bad as the score made it to be. The pass defense was fine, the offensive line was fine, the passing game interesting, but I fully expect Rodgers to target more than three players in the coming weeks. The only thing that was really an issue was the rush defense, and the Packers are known for making adjustments “in season” to their lineups. One possible adjustment would be to move Clay Matthews inside. All of a sudden the Packers have an excess of pass rushers. They could start one, say the UDFA Jayrone Elliot, and move Clay Matthews inside, essentially putting Brad Jones on the bench. Matthews has excellent tackling skills they could take advantage of. Another move they could make is to bench Leroy Guion and start either Josh Boyd or Mike Pennel at nose tackle. I would just about expect this one to happen.
There are other reason to relax as well. We need to remember who these guys are. Mike McCarthy’s Packers are notorious for starting slow and picking up speed as the season goes along. They are known for being a little unsure of themselves to begin each season, and gaining confidence each week. They are known for getting better as the season drags on. I also want everybody to examine the schedule. I do not see another game on the Packers schedule for the rest of the season in which the Packers will not be the “favorites” to win the game. Bottom line, everyone needs to calm down, this team will be fine.