The Green Bay Packers sputtered to yet another disappointing loss on Sunday night falling 24-17 to the Minnesota Vikings, which marked their fourth defeat in the last five games played. It was a contest that had plenty of offensive shortcomings from the Packers that led to their sixth straight road loss to begin the 2018 campaign.
Among those was the decision to go for it on fourth-and-inches on their own 44-yard line that they failed to convert in the contest. Following the game, head coach Mike McCarthy discussed his reasoning behind his decision to attempt to pick up the first down in the Packers' own territory, according to Josh Tolentino of the Atheltic.
“I was trying to get something going there,” McCarthy said. “… And I thought it was a clean play. We just didn’t execute.”
Also can add in Aaron Jones' quote on the play.
“I was trying to push through. But (Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks) was laying right there so I couldn’t reach the ball out. I wish I could have it back and convert the fourth down because I feel like that changes the game.”
It was a gutsy call made by the Packers that simply did not work in their favor. Green Bay had struggled to get the ball moving down the field and were in a tight spot looking to grab a huge a win on the road against a formidable opponent also vying for a position in the playoffs.
This has drawn more scrutiny as McCarthy had previously elected a couple of weeks ago against the Seattle Seahawks decided to punt on 4th-and-5 late in the fourth quarter with the game tied. It was also a decision that backfired in on the Packers will it winding up seeing Russell Wilson put his team in position to win the game on a last-second field goal.
Nonetheless, with each loss piling up this could be building a stronger case against McCarthy to retain his job after this season.