Few around the National Football League circled week seven on the schedule for a must-watch Washington Commanders versus the Green Bay Packers football game. If you ended up watching it, you saw a pretty good one from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, where the Commanders would hold off Green Bay 23-21.
Rodgers lack of patience is showing
The Packers have now lost three games in a row beginning with the upstart New York Giants at Lambeau Field 27-22, followed by a second home loss to the New York Jets 27-10, and today at Washington 23-21. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is beginning to show those signs of frustration that can only further a wide receiver’s room more apt to drop the football than catch it. The bigger problem for Green Bay entering Week 8 is a bad offense, a quarterback running out of juice, and a road trip to Buffalo. For the day in Landover, Rodgers had two touchdowns through the air, finishing with 23-of-35 for 194 yards.
Rodgers was visibly frustrated after a 3rd down drop from rookie Romeo Doubs. pic.twitter.com/edlMxAhvcv
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 23, 2022
Washington looked better than they are
Commanders’ fans shouldn’t look at this game and believe they are the new “up-and-coming” team in the NFC East. While they showed a flash here and a flash there, a lack of discipline leading to untimely penalties kept Green Bay in the game late into the fourth quarter. At three wins and four losses, they go on the road in week eight to play the Indianapolis Colts, host the Vikings, then head to Philadelphia for the Eagles, another likely loss. There is some upside worth watching as 2022 grinds on. The Commanders front defensive four harassed and frustrated Rodgers. However, a series of what seemed like never ending penalties kept this game closer than it should. Green Bay was able to get within two points with just 3:26 left in the fourth and allowed them one final shot at winning. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke had a decent day as his lone would read 20 completions on 33 attempts, for 201 yards for two touchdowns and one interception. The bottom line? They were just good enough to beat Rodgers and Green Bay despite a wild ending that kept Washington fans in the edge of their seats.
WILD final play in Packers vs. Commanders pic.twitter.com/43gdABzBgr
— NFL (@NFL) October 23, 2022
The win-loss records are what they are
Both the Green Bay Packers and Washington Commanders are now 3-4 and appear destined for nowhere but maybe a .500 season. The Commanders are shackled with an always injured and forever inconsistent Carson Wentz, just as Aaron Rodgers has zero to little faith in his pass-catchers and desperately misses Davante Adams to make big plays and few mistakes. Week seven at FedEx shows us that both teams have a ton of work and moves to make in the 2023 offseason. The will-be hall of fame quarterback in Green Bay is closer to the end than most thought. Along with Tom Brady in Tampa, and possibly Russell Wilson in Denver, the big name signal callers are much closer to that inevitable wrap up to a lot of years in the NFL. Same can be said for Carson Wentz. His days as a starter are also ending, as the window for the second overall pick in the 2016 draft is all but closed.