Another OT loss: Green Bay Packers lose at home to Miami Dolphins 23-20 : Packers Insider

Another OT loss: Green Bay Packers lose at home to Miami Dolphins 23-20

October 18, 2010 by  
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Oct 18, 2010 ~by Pistol Pete Dougherty (with answers by Brian E Murphy)

~Where is the offensive juggernaut that was supposed to be the 2010 Green Bay Packers? (ask Spencer Havner, Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley, and Mark Tauscher)

Nowhere through the first six weeks of the season, at least not when it matters most, such as getting into the end zone when there’s a chance to open a decent lead or driving for the game-winning score in overtime.

That was the story Sunday at sold-out Lambeau Field, where the Packers’ attrition-diminished defense held up well enough to win but where the offense directed by coach Mike McCarthy failed to come through in a 23-20 loss to the gritty Miami Dolphins.

“It’s hard to lose, period,” McCarthy said. “It’s hard to lose home games. To lose overtime games — particularly disappointed in the offense, in our production there with the (overtime) series.”

RT Bryan Bulaga observes another one of his assigments crushing QB Aaron Rodgers for yet another sack. “Too many miscues,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “Negative play, sack, penalty, drop — maybe not all of them today, but over the course of the six weeks there’s been too much of that. Too many penalties — one week it was 10 penalties at Chicago. One week it was eight drops at Washington. It was four or five sacks today. That’s not a formula for a high-octane attack.”

The loss is the latest of several early-season letdowns on a schedule that was set up for a great start in the parity-filled NFC.

But instead of building a nice cushion for the meat of their schedule, the Packers are sitting in the middle of the pack at 3-3, one game behind 4-2 Chicago in the NFC North Division with a critical game against rival Minnesota coming up this week.

The Packers are hardly at the breaking point at this early stage. They have personnel relief on the way, assuming their best defensive player, outside linebacker Clay Matthews, can return soon from the hamstring injury that sidelined him Sunday. Safety Atari Bigby and cornerback Al Harris also are eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list this week and possibly will be ready to play in the next game or two.

But the Packers also must be concerned that their offense hasn’t had much rhythm since losing halfback Ryan Grant in the opener (the same Ryan Grant who many Packer fans thought was a weakness, a player who needed upgrading), and that their playmaking has been reduced further without TE  Jermichael Finley, who had knee surgery last week and is out indefinitely. (Spencer Havner made plays last year as a TE, tying Greg Jennings in TD receptions. Inexplicably, Havner was released to make way for Donald Lee’s butterfingers, and the undrafted Tom Crabtree)

“It’s disappointing,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, “but I think you’ve got to be realistic. We’re a game back (of Chicago). We still have four division games. We’re getting, hopefully, two studs back on defense, three if you count Clay. We need those guys back. We need to be at full force.

“No excuses, obviously, you’ve got to give Miami credit. They came out in a tough place to play and they did a nice job. But this was a game we looked at as big momentum for us. Win this game, get Al, Atari, maybe Mark (Tauscher at right tackle) and Clay, get those guys back and get rolling here, and we just didn’t get the job done.”

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