“We had a rough start to the game — three three-and-outs,” Rodgers said. “It’s tough. We didn’t get going early. It would’ve helped our defense out if we could’ve got out to a better start.”
McCarthy’s penchant for calling timeouts with his defense on the field late in the first half cost him again. He called one with 2:39 left, after Mike Daniels stuffed running back Robert Kelley for a 3-yard loss on first down from the Redskins’ 25. Two plays later, Kirk Cousins hit tight end Jordan Reed for a 26-yard gain that led to Kelly’s 10-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds left before halftime.
They still have no running game (paging Christine Michael, who was inactive four days after the Packers claimed him off waivers).
Coach Mike McCarthy’s end-of-half clock-management decisions backfired once again.
The cornerbacks, or what’s left of them, can’t stop getting beat deep.
The rare big play (welcome back, Jared Cook, who hadn’t played since Week 3) was wasted by the special teams.
No more evidence should be needed to determine that, at 4-6 and two games out of first place in the NFC North with just six weeks remaining, the Packers are all but out of it for 2016.
Let’s start with the running game. On the first three series, the Packers tried three different ball carriers: James Starks for no gain, Aaron Ripkowski for two yards and Ty Montgomery for four yards and then two. All three series went down the same way: three plays and a punt. That’s the first time Aaron Rodgers has ever started an NFL game that way. Maybe Michael, who is still the only Packers running back to rush for a touchdown this season (even though his scoring plays happened to be for the Seattle Seahawks), can change that next week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Miller limped off the field with a foot injury near the end of the second quarter. He was ruled out after halftime. Miller was able to walk, but he was clearly upset, slamming his helmet on the ground. Coach John Fox said the tight end broke a bone in his foot and will miss the rest of the season.