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Game summary: 5 lessons learned from the Packers’ preseason loss to the Chiefs


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In Green Bay. At Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night, the Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 17-10 to mark the end of their 2022 preseason.

These are the five main lessons in Packers vs Chiefs game:

  1. QB Jordan Love overcame a sluggish start to go on a roll
    A facemask penalty on the Chiefs on a third down preserved a Green Bay drive late in the first quarter, turning around the Packers offense’s lethargic start.

Following that, Love spent the following two drives in a comfortable rhythm. And scoring 10 points on 7 of his 10 attempts for 95 yards. Six different pass catchers were involved in the seven completions.

We were hitting plays, converting third downs, and other things during those drives, according to Love, We were simply moving the ball, and it was enjoyable.

Love’s ability to right the ship after the offense opened with two three-and-outs. And was about to attempt a third before the facemask call really impressed head coach Matt LaFleur.

Early on, there wasn’t really much available for him, and LaFleur claimed that he was under some pressure. “However, one thing I really enjoyed about it was how you had to react when the game didn’t start out the way you wanted it to.

“He displayed a great deal of resilience, which illustrates the maturing process he underwent over the last couple of years.”

As Love continued into the third quarter, things began to calm down. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 148 yards and one interception. The interception came on a last-second drive to conclude the first half on a seam throw for tight end Alizé Mack. For the pick, the Chiefs safety dove behind the overthrow.

LaFleur stated in live action that he “was not dissatisfied with the choice”. And that he was contemplating that throw himself. Love claimed that in order to maintain moving the chains. He should have either delivered the ball to Mack’s back shoulder or made a shorter throw.

Love remarked, “That’s a situation I can learn from. We had some timeouts right there.” “I was trying to take a shot there and slightly pressured the ball.”

2. It will be difficult to choose the No. 3 running back.

It will be difficult to decide either undrafted rookie Tyler Goodson or second-year pro Patrick Taylor will start behind starters Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon after they both performed admirably throughout the preseason.

One of the best plays of the entire preseason was when Goodson broke a 24-yard touchdown run. And he finished with 54 yards from scrimmage (28 rushing, 26 receiving). Sadly, he botched a kickoff return as well.

Taylor gained 51 total yards (34 on the ground and 17 through receptions) and could have had a chance to score a touchdown near the goal line if it weren’t for a few penalties that helped the Packers gain ground.

Regarding the upcoming choice, LaFleur stated, “That’s a tough one. “Those two men performed admirably. It will largely depend on how well they did on special teams.

“I give both of those people credit. What I observed was that players fought for those difficult yards, advanced in the passing game, and completed difficult runs. We’ll watch the video to see how they fared in pass pro.

3. Quay Walker, a first-round draft pick, demonstrated that he is prepared for the big time.

Walker was the sole defensive starter who participated in the preseason, and in only a few series versus the Chiefs, the inexperienced inside linebacker was everywhere.

He made plays on both sidelines, collected five tackles, including three solo stops, and demonstrated all the abilities the Packers were looking for. When the season begins, LaFleur is eager to see him teamed alongside De’Vondre Campbell, another 6-4 inside linebacker.

Even in terms of mental toughness, LaFleur was impressed, as the head coach observed him observing the defense from the sidelines from a few yards away while he was taking mental practice drills.

LaFleur said that he sometimes does the same thing while calling plays. “I was asking him why he was so far away from the defense late in the game, and he said, “I can see everything from back here,” and I was like man, that’s a wonderful answer,” said LaFleur.

“He is intelligent beyond his years if he can see things from that angle in that circumstance. He shown a great deal of maturity in that.”

4. Young defenders of all ages were scurrying about, trying their hardest to make the team.

There were a few significant plays the defense allowed, including one for a touchdown and another that resulted in a score, but several defenders stood out in the competition to make the roster.

Safety Micah Abernathy and defensive lineman Jack Heflin both had five tackles, tying Walker for the team lead. Heflin also recorded a tackle for loss on a fourth-down play and forced a turnover late in the game. Abernathy added a special teams tackle.

Jonathan Ford, a rookie defensive lineman selected in the seventh round, played extensively and recorded three tackles, while Chris Slayton, a fellow defensive lineman, once again showed up and recorded two stops.

LaFleur added, “Our people are making a lot of difficult decisions for us, which is exactly what you want.

5.Special teams did not have a successful preseason.

With the exception of veteran punter Pat O’Donnell’s impressive performance against the Chiefs, the broad special teams auditions continued, and the outcomes weren’t pleasant (56.3-yard gross average on six punts).

The coverage units also permitted two punt returns of at least 20 yards each and a kickoff return of 45 yards. Unblocked players tackled the returners in the return game, which again appeared unstable and fruitless.

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