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Packers struggling to start games, halves

Oct. 9, 2012
 

Dennis Green didn’t make any appearances in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room following Sunday’s 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

There wasn’t any animation or overreaction after blowing an 18-point halftime lead to a Colts’ squad forged through transition, but rather shock and disappointment as the Packers fell to 2-3 on the season.

Through first five weeks of the season, the Packers are still searching to strike a balance both offensively and defensively in terms of starting games and coming out of halftime.

After grabbing a 21-3 lead against the Colts Sunday, Indianapolis went on a 19-0 run after halftime to grab the momentum and eventually hand the Packers their fourth biggest halftime collapse in franchise history.

"When you get somebody down like that, you have to put your foot on the pedal and get them out of the game,” Packers guard Josh Sitton said on Monday. “This is a really good league and teams are good enough to come back on you. Whenever you have a lead like that, you can’t let them come back.”

Unfortunately for the Packers, they’ve done it in each of the past two weeks.

That includes their 28-27 win over New Orleans two weeks ago, which was labeled as the offense’s coming-out party.

In the midst of it, however, the Packers regressed terribly after darting out to a 21-7 lead against the Saints, eventually giving up 20 unanswered points to fall behind before winning late.

The Packers’ inability to start games and second-halves permeated into Sunday’s loss against the Colts and continues to dictate a scary trend through the first five games of the season.

Of the 112 points the Packers have scored this season, 92 of them have been scored in the second and fourth quarters. After getting shutout the first three games in the first quarter, the Packers have scored seven each of the past two weeks, but still managed only six points in the third.

That’s allowed opponents to outscore Green Bay, 36-6, with 16 of that coming against the Colts and their offensive one-two punch of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who amassed a career-high 212 receiving yards at the Packers’ expense Sunday.

This Sunday, the Packers draw the undefeated Houston Texans, considered by many to be the best team in the NFL with a balanced offensive approach and a defense that ranks third in the league (275.6 yards per game).

“There’s no more frustrated people than the people in this locker room, I can assure you that," Packers center Jeff Saturday said on Monday. "We’re obviously disappointing with the turnout and frustrated with what’s going on. Our guys have to correct it. We have to go back and fix it, and be a better football team than we were on Sunday.”

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