Capers said flawed communication enabled the 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota to wide receiver Tajae Sharpe midway through the third quarter. A 4-5 Tennessee Titans team blew the doors off the Packer defense en route to a 21-0 first quarter lead.
Running back DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards on 17 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run the team’s first offensive play. Beginning with a lopsided loss to the Cowboys, the Packers’ defense has yielded the first score in each subsequent defeat.
All that said, Tennessee is still a 5-5 team. At the time, the loss was acceptable and excusable because the game was on the road. We had a hard time doing that. “It is getting us in the right direction”. The next play from scrimmage after the punt, DeMarco Murray, acquired in what must officially now be the greatest ever trade in National Football League history, ran untouched for 75 yards for the touchdown. “This is not the typical team where you play good for a half or three quarters, and then just fold in the fourth”.
“We had too much fight today”, McCarthy said. The 49ers (1-8) lost their eighth in a row despite a strong game by Colin Kaepernick, who tied it 20-20 on a 4-yard run with 1:55 to play. He remains the only player to run for a TD this season for the Packers. Murray cut inside left tackle Taylor Lewan and outraced everyone to the end zone for his longest TD this season, and he capped the next drive with a 10-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker. “I’ve said in the past, I’d go to war with Marcus”, Lewan said. According to Michael Silver of NFL Network, another man has joined them in the hot water in GM Ted Thompson. If I’m the coaching staff, I might consider letting him play across from Jason McCourty and move Perrish Cox back to the slot, where he excelled in San Francisco.
Other important players like Clay Matthews have also missed games and drained the Packers defense, but McCarthy isn’t anxious – or at least refuses to acknowledge that he is. And while the Packers are clearly off as an offense, that’s still Aaron Rodgers they kept in check. Micah Hyde (shoulder), Jake Ryan (ankle) and Kentrell Brice (possible concussion) were also hurt.
Where some may see a three-game losing streak and nothing more, Peppers sees a group that’s sticking together, staying resilient and not giving in to the adversity it faces. With the pass defense reeling and the pass rush slowing down, this unit is becoming more vulnerable by the day.
“I love it”, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers said earlier in the week, via The Tennesseean, after watching Tennessee’s offense. I’ll make sure I’m fully caffeinated before I dig into the Tampa Bay tape on Monday. The Titans entered the game having scored at least 26 points in five straight games, the first time they have done that since 2003. “We’ve got to be more efficient”.
Now that Sunday’s game against the Vikings has wrapped up, the Redskins’ next game will be against the Packers, a team Washington last saw in January during the playoffs.
As the fans filtered into Nissan Stadium, about 40 percent of them were dressed in green and gold. “It took a little bit to get going”, Rodgers said. “There’s no reason to believe anything other than that”.
He knows it. We all know it. Yet they continue to look listless against teams they would be by double digits in years past. That’s the bottom line. That’s really something that we’re not going to focus on.
First, after the defense came up with a rare stop before halftime, rookie Trevor Davis fumbled a punt return.
By rule, Davis should be protected from contact until the ball touches the ground. In the locker room, Bakhtiari said he was taking things day to day with the injury.