You can forget all that now: The Packers are in big trouble and it has nothing to do with their offense.
And they weren’t your run-of-the mill touchdowns, either. Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray torched the league’s No. 6 run defense per DVOA for a 75-yard touchdown run and later threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Delanie Walker.
Nor was it just Murray providing the offense. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota went 19-for-26 for 295 yards and four scores for a 149.8 passer rating and completed passes to six different receivers, illustrating just how poor the Packers are in pass coverage.
Packers cornerback Micah Hyde wasn’t able to stop a single pass in primary coverage, allowing four catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns to two different receivers. Joe Thomas Jr. and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stopped just one of four passes their way, with Clinton-Dix surrendering a touchdown as well. Quinten Rollins allowed two touchdowns on three targets while Kentrell Brice allowed two catches for 49 yards with 33 yards coming after the catch.
Sadly for cheeseheads, this wasn’t the first time Green Bay’s secondary has been burned.
According to the game charters at Pro Football Focus, only the Indianapolis Colts have rated lower for pass coverage than the Packers. In fact, only one of the Packers primary corners, Ladarius Gunter, has a passer rating against in primary coverage lower than 122 (112.5). Damarious Randall (122.3), Hyde (123.3) and Rollins (133.8) are all worse. To put that futility in perspective, Matt Ryan’s 119 passer rating ranks second among all passers this season.
An inability to stop opposing quarterbacks in a pass-first league is obviously troublesome, and the latest Packers loss has dropped them out of playoff contention. Football Outsiders gave Green Bay just a 37 percent chance to make the playoffs through Week 9 and the latest NFL forecast from FiveThirtyEight, which accounts for the team’s loss to the Titans on Sunday, gives the Packers a 16 percent chance. That’s a huge drop from their preseason chances of 62 percent.