Scoring Chances Slipping Away
by Mike Spofford, Packers.com
As frustrated as the Packers were on offense last Sunday against the Bengals, nothing was more frustrating than when the team was able to move the ball on certain possessions, only to blow scoring chances.
In a game ultimately decided by seven points, every scoring opportunity was critical. Against Cincinnati the Packers had three drives (not including the final drive that ended at the Bengals’ 10-yard line with the clock expiring), that totaled 140 yards of offense yet produced zero points, all in situations where the Packers could have taken the lead or potentially tied the game.
“You’ve got to cash in,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “When the opportunities present themselves, you have to take advantage of them. We were not opportunistic (Sunday). We were in fact generous. Cincinnati has good players and they played well, but we did not play smart football in some situations.”
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