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Packers, path to progress

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Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur said that the team is continually working toward progressing and closing the gap in each of their recent games that has come down to the wire. Tori Wittenbrock photos

By Tori Wittenbrock

Associate Sports Editor

GREEN BAY – Despite a 19-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 22, the Green Bay Packers are continuing to work towards progression this season under the guise of Jordan Love’s new leadership.

“We are all about our process and a lot of these games in this league, no matter who you are playing, come down to a couple of plays,” said Packer Head Coach Matt LaFleur. “That’s been the case for, I would say, four of our games this year. Unfortunately, we’ve been on the wrong side of three of those, so there are definitely plays out there for us to make.”

Although fans can be quick to turn to frustration when seeing their team rack up a few losses, LaFleur said that it is important to note that each of their games has been a battle and many of their losses have come down to the wire.

“We lost three games by seven points, and that’s not comforting to say by any means,” said LaFleur.

“We’ve got to find a way to make the plays to win the games. There have been three times this year our offense has had the ball with an opportunity to go down and take the lead, and we haven’t done that.”

In 2008, Aaron Rodgers was faced with his first season as the Packers’ starting quarterback and finished the year with a 6-10 losing record. However, as he grew more comfortable with the position and his leadership skills improved, so did his record. The Packers are hopeful the same will happen amid the Jordan Love Era.

“We’ve shown flashes as a team,” said LaFluer. “The thing that gives me a lot of hope is knowing the response we have seen from our team in the locker room, in the meeting room and on the practice field. These guys aren’t afraid of a challenge, and we have a challenge right now.”

Despite a three-game losing streak, the team is hopeful that they will be able to figure out some adjustments and bounce back, stronger than before.

“Going through some adversity — as long as you come out on the other side of it — can be a positive thing, if channeled and harnessed the right way, and if you respond the right way. That’s the expectation I have for our football team,” said LaFleur.

After returning home to Green Bay from Denver with another loss on the season, the Packers will continue to prepare this week for their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Nov. 5 at home, hopeful that the fans at Lambeau Field will bring enough energy to help them to a find another win in the regular season.

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