The Green Bay Packers suffered another heartbreaking loss on the road to a good Cincinnati Bengals team. They had the game in hand, but uncharacteristic turnovers ultimately did them in.
The game could not have started any worse for the Packers. They won the toss and elected to defer. This is not uncommon under Mike McCarthy, in fact he chooses to defer quite often. His idea is to defer to the second half hoping to get a stop early, then get two chances to score at the end, and beginning of each half. The problem is his plan was not properly executed.
The Bengals took the opening drive, went right down the field and scored a touchdown to give themselves an early 7-0 lead.
Things got worse quickly. Jeremy Ross misjudged a kickoff, fumbled it and gave the Bengals the ball right back. They scored again, making it 14 points in 12 seconds. The Packers spotted a very good team 14 points on the road to start the game. Most teams would get blown off the field when faced with this.