The fits and starts on offense continue to hinder overall progress. When the Packers came out of the locker room after halftime and marched the length of the field twice in a row for touchdowns against the Bears on Sunday, “that’s what it’s supposed to look like,” LaFleur said.
But then five consecutive fruitless possessions followed, including one that started inside the Chicago 35-yard line after a turnover and still didn’t produce points. The Packers also had three straight drives to end the first half that reached Chicago territory, but they never added to their lead.
“When you have an opportunity to put somebody away, you have to take advantage of those,” LaFleur said. “We have to make sure we’re still being aggressive and trying to generate explosive plays.
“We have to be better, no doubt about it. We can’t expect to win games being choppy. We have to be more consistent.”
On the other side of the ball, the run defense has made strides of late, holding two of the last three opponents under 100 yards on the ground. But missed opportunities for turnovers and making things too “entertaining” at game’s end don’t sit well.
There are close-out chances on defense that are getting away, though LaFleur acknowledged the phases must complement one another, and the defense is going to be put in tough spots if the offense can’t generate points or drain enough clock at crunch time.
So, the Packers know what’s on the line, and they know where they must improve. The playoffs haven’t started yet, but the opportunity to set themselves up in better position – both with their seeding and caliber of play – is knocking.
“Obviously we’re excited to be in, but that’s nowhere near our standard and our expectations,” receiver Davante Adams said. “We don’t leave it just there.”