England has many great things: The Beatles, The Royal Family Big Ben David Beckham and Queen. But good football games? Eh not so much.
Teams don’t want to play in London, Green Bay didn’t want to play in London on Sunday because there is no other reason for Daniel Jones to carve up a top ten defense if that wasn’t the reason. The Packers had two guys to stop on Sunday; Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley and they failed miserably at stopping both. Jones went 21/27 for 217 yards and Barkley had 13 carries for 70 yards and one touchdown. Even when Barkley exited in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, it didn’t matter Green Bay’s defense had no sense of urgency to stop Danny Dimes from scrambling or to stop the deep-crossing routes which has been Green Bay’s biggest weakness this year.
The offensive attack led by Aaron Rodgers after taking a 20-10 lead going into halftime, the Giants defense turned up the pressure and stifled Green Bay’s offensive attack as they only gained 116 yards of offense in the second half, and held Rodgers to 75 yards passing. Not a great showing on the offensive side in the second half.
Another perplexing thing to happen in the game, is left tackle David Bakhtiari played all the first half, but sat out most of the second until the final plays of the game. Why does that matter? On the first play, Bakhtiari was flagged for a false start which knocked Aaron Rodgers out of Hail Mary range and on the next play, Rodgers gets stripped and the game is over. I didn’t understand the strategy of leaving Bakhtiari out for all the second half only to put him in for the final drive of the game.
Besides the negatives, Allen Lazard made a couple of timely catches, and rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs continues to grow into the offense and veteran Randall Cobb is making plays for the Packers as he had a acrobatic catch along the sideline in the third quarter.
Mercedes Lewis caught his first touchdown since November 29, 2020, against the Bears. Lewis is the only first-round draft pick who has caught a touchdown from Aaron Rodgers.
Jaire Alexander wishes he could take these comments he made in the locker room, Alexander said after the loss to the Giants “I ain’t worried but if we lost next week then I’ll be worried.”
Alexander added “But it’s a new situation for everybody. New circumstances, sleep patterns. It’s a whole adjustment here in London.
Aaron Rodgers addressed the situation after the game:
“Frankly, I don’t like all this conversation about losing next week,” Rodgers said. “I’m a firm believer in the power of words and manifestation. And we’ve got to check ourselves on that, because talking about that is not winning football. There was conversation about it in the locker room, and I don’t like it. Ja’s my guy, but we don’t need to be talking about that.”
Green Bay plays is back home on Sunday as they take on the New York Jets, kickoff is set for 12 p.m.