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Packers must dust themselves off quickly


Joshua from Appleton, WI

There really are no easy games in the NFL?

You're learning.

Vic from Livingston, TX

So, I watched the game, as did most. First thing I noticed was poor execution. Unfortunately, the Packers were not able to get back on track later in the game. The Giants didn't play all that well, either, and left opportunities on the table. I'd rather have this type of game happen now vs. the last two or three games. This team is on a winning curve for this season.

As Matt LaFleur said last week – this league humbles teams quickly. Monday night was a reminder of how any of these 32 teams can beat the others under the right circumstances on the right day. The Packers must dust themselves off quickly while remembering how the dirt got there in the first place.

Cody from Round Lake Beach, IL

Progress isn't linear. We are trending upwards. We will clean up the mistakes. With that said I believe Christian Watson plays a larger part in this offense than many believe. Big-time red-zone threat and really spreads out the defense. Do we know how long he'll be out for?

Rough game. Disappointing outcome, but honestly what I'm concerned with most is the health at the skill positions. Already without Watson, Aaron Jones and Luke Musgrave, the Packers finished without Dontayvion Wicks (ankle) and Jayden Reed (evaluation for a concussion). LaFleur did not have an update on either player on Tuesday, so that's something to monitor this week.

Dale from Kansas City, MO

What a difference a week makes. One week it's creative, next week it never should be called. As bad as it was, I think what is very overlooked is that given the chance, after a bad game, Jordan Love took this team down the field and scored when needed. That's awesome in my book.

I'd expect nothing less from Love. Mentally, he's tough enough to not let negative outcomes tilt him off his axis. The two second-quarter turnovers weren't good, but Love kept chopping and the offense fed off that energy in the fourth quarter. Green Bay believed it could win that game until the final Randy Bullock kick went through the uprights. Love's steadiness had a lot to do with that.

Mark from Deerfield, IL

Clearly, if the Packers played "clean ball" without the stupid mistakes they could have won the game. I know injuries are not an excuse. But, at some point not having your No. 1 back, No. 1 receiver, No. 1 linebacker and No. 1 cornerback has to affect the ability of the team to win, right?

Of course. I'd be lying if I said those injuries don't make things more difficult. But in the NFL, you gotta make do with what ya got because nobody is feeling sorry for you. There are hungry wolves surrounding the campsite at all times. What are you gonna do about it? Fight or fade?

Tyler from Albuquerque, NM

In your opinion, which Packer inactive would have made the biggest difference in the Giants game and why?

Getting Aaron Jones back would be huge, but the motion offense didn't look the same without the threat of Christian Watson on the field. When healthy, Watson is a field-tilter and seemed to be finding his groove prior to the injury.

Dwight from Brooklyn, NY

After all that went on in Monday night's game, it all came down to the final play in the final seconds. If that ball had gone just a handful of inches the other way, all those II comments would have been written, but with the "dodged a bullet" addition. Reminded me how much football is a game of inches.

That's football. Media and fans perseverate on the final score, but players and coaches must look at the wins and losses with the same critical eye. In the end, the Giants' follies were lesser than the Packers' and they were rewarded with the victory.

Brian from Alta Vista, IA

The last two games Patrick Taylor has looked impressive running the ball. I know he hasn't really proven himself yet, but you would think you would roll with that hot hand. Especially once the sweeps with Jayden Reed stopped working and AJ wasn't terrible running the ball but only averaged 3.5 yards a carry.

Taylor ran the ball well on his four chances. There was one moment I'm sure he'd like to have back when he didn't go out of bounds, but otherwise the third-year veteran did everything asked of him. As far as how snaps were divided, the Packers' gameplan was tailored to Dillon and rightfully so after how he performed last week against Kansas City.

Joe from Hampshire, IL

Wes, how late/early did your plane touch down in Green Bay? Silver linings were Tucker Kraft arrow up and Malik Heath's two chances for a TD, and heads-up, electric fumble return by Carrington Valentine. Your positives?

We touched down in Green Bay just before 3 a.m. local. The performance of Kraft was my biggest positive from the game. As tough as it was to lose Musgrave, Kraft used this opportunity to show his potential as a featured tight end. That combination will be fun to watch for years to come.

Rudy from Rhinelander, WI

If KC was a "team win," NYG was a "team loss." Move on, look forward and play with passion. The future is ahead, not back! Everyone deserves blame, especially LaFleur. The team was not ready to compete. Can LaFleur rally the troops and use this as a learning experience? Can the sting of the loss inspire? I guess we will see.

This is where teams show their mettle. The season is no longer young. There's less than a month remaining in the regular season. The Packers need to decide what team they're going to be. Are you going to be the well-oiled machine that beat Detroit and Kansas City? Or the rollercoaster that led to one-score losses against Atlanta, Las Vegas, Denver, Pittsburgh and now the Giants.

John from Fox River Grove, IL

Bad play calls, penalties, bad coverage, and tackles make you want to pull your hair out. I can't afford to lose any more! When is Jones coming back? We miss the ground and pound, then the play-action!

The first injury report comes out this afternoon, but Jones seemed to be getting close last week. Again, he's no longer listed with the hamstring – only the knee.

Mike from Grovetown, GA

Would we feel better if we would have lost to Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, and Justin Herbert and won against Desmond Ridder, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Tommy DeVito?

Perhaps. Losing to established names makes the medicine taste better, but I give DeVito a lot of credit. He's a QB who thrives in chaos. I'm not sure what that means for the future, but those backups help teams win in the present.

Check out photos from the Week 14 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023.