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The Green Bay Packers Get Crushed By The Denver Broncos 29-10

The Green Bay Packers returned to action following the bye week against the undefeated Denver Broncos. Both teams have had cupcake schedules to start out their seasons and were looking to make a statement out of the primetime matchup.

Ty Montgomery was inactive for the Sunday night game with a sprained ankle he sustained against San Diego two weeks earlier. The Broncos starting left tackle, Ty Sambrailo was out with an ankle injury.

Green Bay began the game on defense by electing to defer to the second half, kicking the ball off to Denver to begin the contest. The Broncos were not able to get much going on the first drive, giving up the ball after five plays. Eddie Lacy was able to show up in the Packers first drive, breaking off a nice 11-yard scamper. The Packers ended up punting the ball back just six plays later. The Broncos running back, Ronnie Hillman, started out the next drive with a 16-yard burst. Peyton Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas later in the drive for 30 yards that put the ball on the seven yard line of Green Bay. Hillman was able to score two plays later on a one yard touchdown run. The Broncos took the lead, 7-0 with 4:39 left in the first quarter.

The Broncos were able to put the lead to 14 points at the beginning of the second quarter. Manning connected with Thomas for a 47 yard pass that led to a 15 yard run by Hillman, beating Micah Hyde to the edge of the endzone. The Packers were unable to get anything going on their next drive after a three-and-out. The Packers defense however was finally able to stop the Broncos from scoring touchdowns. However, Brandon McManus was able to nail a 50 yard field goal to put the Broncos ahead by three scores, 17-0.

After struggling to get on the board, the Packers were finally able to put up an Eddie Lacy rushing touchdown. Lacy rushed from two yards out, flattening linebacker Brandon Marshall to reach the endzone. Packers trailed 7-17 at 3:02 in the second quarter. The Packers entered halftime with the same score.

Green Bay received the second half kickoff and put together a 13 play drive that resulted in a 55 yard field goal by Mason Crosby. The field goal put the Packers within seven points at 10-17.

Denver marched down the field on the following possession with 20 and 24 yard passes to Thomas and Andre Caldwell. This set up a 28 yard run by C. J. Anderson to put the Broncos ahead 24-10.

With 12:28 left in the fourth quarter, the Packers defense was finally able to put up a stop against the Broncos in the redzone and forced the Broncos to kick a field goal. The field goal was good and appeared to be a the dagger in the Packers back. Until the Packers next possession.

Green Bay fielded the kickoff to the 13 yard line. The first play of the drive, Aaron Rodgers was strip sacked by Demarcus Ware. The ball bounced into the endzone off of Richard Rodgers and John Kuhn, Rodgers was able to pick up the ball in the endzone but fell down and was ruled a safety. The dagger was driven deeper into the Packers.

Green Bay was able to force their first turnover of the game when Damarious Randall had a diving interception. Manning’s total on the season reached 11 interceptions. After the interception, the game could have ended and Green Bay would have probably left Denver happier than dragging out the game for another half of a quarter. Green Bay lost to Denver 10-29.

Eddie Lacy was able to score a touchdown in the game. That was about the only positive to take away other than Randall’s interception. Rodgers completed 14 of his 22 attempted passes but only for 77 yards. This is the second straight game that Green Bay has given up 500 total yards of offense. Green Bay will have a lot of work to do before they take on the Carolina Panthers next week.

The Packers’ loss was pretty abysmal. Per usual of a bad loss, Twitter was a tornado of rage, sadness, and denial.

 

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Kyle Engman
Kyle is a Lead NFL Writer covering the Green Bay Packers for RSEN. He is also the Director of Staffing and an Editor for RSEN. You can follow him on Twitter for more Packers updates at @KyleEngmanNFL.

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