It was an omen of frustrating football to come for the Packers’ offense yesterday afternoon.

On Green Bay’s first series of the game, Alan Lazard dropped a third-down-and-four quick slant pass that killed a promising drive.

By the end of a 23-21 defeat to the Commanders, the Packers finished 0 for 6 on third-down conversions—and they failed once on fourth down too.  The last time Green Bay had no third-down conversions in a game was 1999—370 games ago.

It was a telling statistic on the state of the struggling Green Bay offense in a game the Packers once led 14-3 before yielding 20 straight points.  It was again an ugly second half for the entire team, which was outgained 364-232 in total offense and had the ball for 47 plays compared to 72 for the Washington.

The Commanders dominated time of possession by approximately a 37-23-minute margin.

There were at least seven dropped passes, way too many penalties (including one that negated a defensive touchdown, injuries to key starters Allen Lazard and Rashan Gary, and a two-time MVP quarterback who continued to struggle at times hitting his receivers with a bum thumb.

Aaron Rodgers was a pedestrian 23 of 35 for 194 yards and two touchdowns—both to Aaron Jones.

What can fix this offense that has tanked the past three weeks as 3-4 Green Bay slides further behind the idle and 5-1 Minnesota Vikings in the NFD North standings?

“Execution, the details,” Rodgers said.  “Small details. I mean, a lot of mental errors today. Now, we had some issues with guys getting hurt, Allen [Lazard] was banged up. We’re trying to keep Sammy [Watkins] to 20-25 plays, but yeah, we just made some silly execution mistakes.”

How do the Packers, who face the AFC-leading Bills in Buffalo next Sunday night in prime time, bounce back?

“We just got to play better. All of us. I think if we all look at the film, there’s probably a number of plays in every phase that we could have done better,” Rodgers said.  “I’ve said it before, the margin of error is so tight. A couple calls don’t necessarily go our way, and we don’t execute at all on offense in certain situations. Simple things, we’re behind the sticks, penalties, dropping balls, we’re not putting balls in the right spot. It’s not winning football.”

Rodgers even said facing the talented Bills may be a good thing.

“You’re goddamn right it does,” he said.  “I’m not worried about this squad. In fact, this might be the best thing for us. This week, nobody’s going to give us a chance. Going to Buffalo on Sunday Night Football, a chance to get exposed. Shoot, it might be the best thing for us.”

Head coach Matt LaFleur credited the Commanders and said he and his coaching staff will find out what the 2022 Packers team is made of in the coming days.

“Our guys are extremely disappointed,” LaFleur said.  “I don’t think anybody thought we would be in this spot that we are in right now. We’re going to find out what we are made of in terms of just how we attack Monday, how we attack Tuesday, Wednesday and every day in practice. I do believe that we have the right kind of guys that will continue to battle

“I thought we battled to the final play. So, that is part of the effort there, it’s just we’ve got to coach better, we’ve got to play better, we’ve got to execute better. It’s just not good enough. We had some uncharacteristic mistakes, a lot of penalties that put us in some bad situations. It took away and negated some big-time plays. But it is what it is, and you’ve got to give Washington a lot of credit.”