If you had the Packers losing to the Chiefs, you’re likely lying. Green Bay was 13-0, and hadn’t lost since December 19th, 2010 until falling in Kansas City 19-14 Sunday. They had won 19 straight games. They had scored 35-or-more points in seven of their 13 games this season. And they were defeated by a team that had lost five of its last six games, and that had scored only three touchdowns in its past six games. Yes, the Packers lost to that team.
For the first time all season, Green Bay was held under 24 points. It was the first time all season they were shutout in the first half. It was also the first time all season Aaron Rodgers played a less-than-excellent game.
Maybe losing this game is a good thing for the Packers. The pressure for the undefeated season is off, and they can focus solely on winning the Super Bowl. But there are a few issues that should concern them.
Not having Greg Jennings is a loss for the offense. He’s their best receiver, and part of what makes their passing game so potent. He also has reliable hands, unlike Jermichael Finley, who dropped several passes on Sunday. Additionally, right tackle Bryan Bulaga hurt his knee, and backup Derek Sherrod broke his leg.
As good as Green Bay has been, I didn’t consider them to be head and shoulders above everyone else in the league. They still are the top team in the NFL, but Kansas City has taught us that they are beatable. The biggest concern is that they need Greg Jennings back and healthy for the playoffs. I would say that the Chiefs taught us how to beat the Packers, but they have something many teams don’t — good defensive backs. If you don’t have that type of personnel, you will have a really difficult time stopping Green Bay’s offense.
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