8 big reasons why Packers missed the playoffs in 2022

8 big reasons why Packers missed the playoffs in 2022

8 big reasons why Packers missed the playoffs in 2022

The Green Bay Packers finished 8-9 in 2022 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 season . Matt LaFleur’s started 3-1, slogged through a 1-7 midseason stretch and finished 4-1, but the final loss – in Week 18 at Lambeau Field to the Detroit Lions – eliminated the Packers.

What went wrong? It’s never just one thing for a disappointing football team.

Here are the top reasons why the Packers missed the playoffs in 2022:

  • Defense failed against top teams

    The highly touted Packers defense just wasn’t good enough against the top teams. Over eight games against playoff teams, the Packers gave up 24.3 points per game, including four games giving up 27 or more (finished 1-3 in those games). Despite massive investment in Joe Barry’s group, the Packers ended the year ranked 17th in points and 28th in yards per play. An evolving offense needed the defense to lead the way, especially early, but the Packers got lit up by Justin Jefferson and the Vikings in the opener and were exposed far too often during the 1-7 stretch.

  • Inconsistent scoring offense

    The Packers were 7-1 when scoring at least 24 points and 1-8 when scoring 22 or fewer in 2022. Between 2020 and 2021, the Packers scored fewer than 24 just six times total. The inconsistency hurt, especially early on. By the time the Packers were 4-8, Green Bay had scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games only once (Weeks 4-5), and even those two games produced a split (win over Patriots, loss to Giants). The killer blow: Matt LaFleur’s team scored 25 total points in two losses to the Lions, who finished 28th in points allowed in 2022. In a must-win game at Lambeau Field in Week 18, the Packers managed to score only 16.

  • Situational offense

    The Packers offense finished the regular season ranked 17th on third down (39.5 percent), 28th on fourth down (38.7 percent) and 24th in the red zone (51.9). It’s really hard to win in the NFL when extending drives is a challenge, the risks taken on fourth down don’t pay off and trips inside the 20-yard line don’t consistently result in seven points. Poor situational play on offense killed the Packers in losses to the Vikings, Giants, Jets, Commanders, Titans and both games against the Lions. It’s more than fair to point to the loss of All-Pro Davante Adams as a primary reason why the Packers were so poor situationally, especially in the red zone.

    Aaron Rodgers wasn’t an elevator

    Aaron Rodgers has covered up more than a few problems and elevated more than a few teams over his Hall of Fame career. The 39-year-old just couldn’t do it in 2022. He lost his All-Pro receiver, dealt with a shuffling offensive line, broke his thumb, threw to an underwhelming skill position group and lacked the consistent greatness of his back-to-back MVP seasons. It all factored into one of Rodgers’ worst statistical seasons. He threw 12 interceptions, averaged 6.8 yards per attempt and had a passer rating of 91.1.  The Packers lacked the talent and coaching to make up for Rodgers not playing at an immortal level.

    Home and division woes

    The Packers were 5-3 at home (one loss in London) and 3-3 against the NFC North in 2022. Over the first three seasons under Matt LaFleur, the Packers were 24-4 at Lambeau Field and 16-2 against the division. How’s this for unordinary? Green Bay lost three home games to non-playoff teams and was swept by the Lions. During the Aaron Rodgers era, the Packers have usually paved the playoff road each year by winning most games at home and most games against the division. Nothing came easy in 2022.

    Three-game October losing streak

    Sure, the Packers lost five-straight games, but the three-game losing streak to kick it off especially hurt. The Packers gave up a 20-10 lead and lost to the Giants in London, got run over by the Jets at Lambeau Field and then gave up a 14-3 lead and lost to the Commanders. Over a three-game stretch against quarterbacks Daniel Jones, Zach Wilson and Taylor Heinicke, the Packers gave up 77 total points, including 54 in the second half. This was the haunting string of losses as the Packers tried to claw their way back into the playoff hunt late.

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Comments (2)

  1. be dep trai

    Some of the problems came from coaches not seeing the problems and taking action. Late on Amari Rodgers and Nixon. Late on seeing that their O line was not good enough against top teams. Late on getting Watson involved. I didn’t see any effort to replace Davante – receivers ran simple routes. Did anybody watch tape of Davante in the red zone? Players need to step up, but coaches need to do much better next year. If not, hit the road.

  2. be dep trai

    Aaron needed to show up earlier than the start of training camp to work with his new group of young receivers. Hope he realizes that when he joins the Jets this off season.

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