For a majority of this season, the Green Bay Packers have been teetering on the edge of winning or losing a ball game. And on many of those occasions, it has felt like the Packers invented a new way to lose.
Whether it was Clay Matthews’ hideous roughing the passer penalty against Minnesota, Mason Crosby’s five missed kicks in Detroit, or 115 yards of penalties in Washington, Green Bay’s outcomes have been far from predictable. But after a prime time loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday in which the Packers dropped to 3-4-1, their slowest start since Mike McCarthy’s inaugural season in 2006, the mistakes and missed opportunities have drawn an unwanted comparison to that campaign 12 years ago.
Through eight games in 2006, Green Bay owned a 3-5 record and was coming off a miserable loss to the Buffalo Bills.


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