As for the mistake, Valdes-Scantling took full responsibility, even though a poor block allowed safety Julian Blackmon to rake an arm across the ball on the bubble screen.
“At the end of the day, the ball’s in my hands,” Valdes-Scantling said. “It was just the perfect timing where he caught me transitioning the ball from the catch to the tuck. It was a great play by him. That’s what it boils down to. I have to be better with the ball security.”
That’s suddenly a big issue for the Packers in general, as the overtime fumble was their fourth turnover of Sunday’s game and sixth in the last two weeks, after giving it away only three times in the first eight games of the season.
Shifts like that are disconcerting, as was a second half Sunday that looked nothing like a first half in which the Packers scored 28 points against one of the best defenses in the league.
LaFleur felt while “the energy, the effort, the focus” were present throughout, the consistency of the execution and the coaching were not.
Two three-and-outs on offense to start the second half didn’t help Green Bay’s struggling defense, and LaFleur blamed himself for not having a good red-zone play ready late in the fourth quarter when the Packers got to the 15-yard line with a chance to win the game.
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