The Packers ended their 2022 presidency with a 17-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night.
Here are five takeaways from the game:-
1. QB Jordan Love started off slow and went on a hot streak.
The Packers’ slow start took a turn when a facemask penalty on the third-placed Chiefs kept the Green Bay drive alive in the first quarter.
From there Love spent the next two drives in good groove, producing 7-10 for 95 yards and 10 points. Seven achievements went to six different pass-catchers.
The drives we were putting together were converting plays into thirds and that wasn’t called love.
Head coach Matt Lafleur especially liked the way Love corrected ship when the offense began with two three-and-out and headed for a third before the facemask call.
“There wasn’t exactly much open to him initially and he was feeling the squeeze,” LaFleur said. But one thing I really liked was how you react when the game doesn’t start the way you want.
He showed great resilience and it shows in the maturity process that he has gone through over the years.
Things calmed down as Love played into the third quarter and finished 26 of 16 for 148 yards with an interception that ended the first half at Seam Root for taunting Elizzie Mack during the last-minute drive. did. did. did. did. did. did. did. did. The chief swooped in on the back of the coup to demand protection.
In surprisingly realistic, LaFleur said he was “not discontent with the choice,” and that he personally was contemplating that toss. Love said he wished he could throw the ball over Mack’s back shoulder or take a short throw to move the chains.
We spent some time there so that I could learn from that situation,” he said.
2. Tough call to return number 3.
As they have produced all pre-season, untrained rookie Tyler Goodson and second-year pro Patrick Taylor have produced with their chances, and it will not be easy to settle after the introduction of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.
Goodson smashed a 24-yard TD run on one of the best plays of the entire preseason, and he completed 54 yards from 28 rushing, 26 receiving scrimmages. Unfortunately he also blocked the kickoff return.
Taylor had a total of 51 yards 34 to score 17 and could have had a chance to punch in a TD on the goal line if not for some penalties backing the Packers.
It’s a tough one LaFleur said about the pending decision. It would depend a lot on how they performed in the particular teams.
3. First-round draft pick Quay Walker showed he was up for the genuine article.
Walker was the main guarded starter to play in the preseason, and in a couple of series against the Chiefs, the new kid on the block inside the linebacker was across the field.
He recorded five handles, three singles, made plays with the two sides and showed every one of the abilities the Packers were expecting. Lafleur is excited to see her pair up with another 6-4 linebacker at D’Vondre Campbell as the season begins.
He likewise dazzled LaFleur on the psychological side of things, as the lead trainer saw him watching the protection from two or three dozen yards away, taking mental reps when he wasn’t there.
I was asking him why he was defending so late in the game and he said, ‘I can see everything from behind here and I was like man. That’s a good answer,’ said Lafleur, pointing to her. What drama sometimes demands.
4. A couple of young shields were zooming close, doing all that they could to make the gathering.
The defense dropped some big plays, one for touchdowns and another that scored, but plenty of defenders did a remarkable job in their final fight to make up the roster.
With safety Micah Abernathy and defensive lineman Jack Heflin taking five wickets for the team lead in tackles with Walker, Heflin lost in fourth place and was forced to fail late in the game.
5. Special teams did not end the season on a positive note.
Extensive auditions on special teams continued, and results against the Chiefs weren’t great, aside from veteran punter Pat O’Donnell’s solid outing average of 56.3-yard gross on six punts.
Coverage units allowed 45-yard kickoff returns, as well as two punt returns of at least 20 yards. The comeback game was unstable as well as unproductive with unblocked players dealing with the return.