The Green Bay Packers’ third preseason game was a big one for general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur as they work on the roster and the depth chart for the regular season.
In terms of the state of the team, and the outlook for the Sept. 11 opener at the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday night’s 17-10 loss at the Kansas City
The offense’s struggles? Irrelevant with Jordan Love at quarterback instead of Aaron Rodgers,
Tyler Goodson and Patrick Taylor instead of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon at running back, and Yosh Nijman and Royce Newman at offensive tackle instead of, potentially
The defense’s mediocre play? Irrelevant with only rookie Quay Walker on the field among the team’s starters and the likes of Rashan Gary
Another poor performance by the special teams? Irrelevant with a lot of players who won’t be on the roster playing key roles.
The Packers had two chances to rally late in the game. First, defensively, defensive tackle Jack Heflin forced a fumble
but outside linebacker Kingsley Enagbare lost the race for the loose ball. The Packers forced a punt, though, and Danny Etling took possession at the 20 with 3:55 remaining.
Completions of 11 yards to tight end Sal Cannella and 14 yards to Samori Toure moved the ball to the Chiefs’ 26 with about a minute to go.
However, on fourth-and-3 with 36 seconds remaining, Etling’s pass to Toure fell incomplete; it appeared defensive back Devon Key hit Toure early but no flag was thrown.