Packers try to make sense of 3-game slide

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Green Bay Packers’ once-promising season appears to be slipping away -- and that doesn’t sit well with rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari.

“It sucks. It’s not good,” Bakhtiari said following the team’s third straight loss, 27-13 to the New York Giants Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. “Going through college [at Colorado], I wouldn’t say I got used to it. It was f---ing terrible. This is the same thing. It’s terrible.”

The Packers (5-5), who are now a game behind the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in the NFC North standings, hadn’t lost three in a row since 2008, when injured superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in his first year as the starter.

“It’s not good. We’re definitely in different territory, at least since I got here in 2009,” outside linebacker Clay Matthews said. “We’re talking about 11-5, 10-6, 15-1, 11-5 … to lose three, it doesn’t feel good. At least on the defensive side, it’s not as if we’re not trying. I know we’re going out there and playing to the last whistle.

“But right now, we’re not playing our best ball -- and we need to. The NFC North leaders are 6-4 right now, we’re 5-5. We’ve got to continue to move forward with the guys we have and play better. That’s what it comes down to.”

Said linebacker A.J. Hawk: “Obviously this wasn’t what we had planned, this wasn’t what we had envisioned. But I think Coach always says everything’s out in front of us for us to take. To know we have a chance to get to where we want is something positive to take from it. We need to get back on track. Three-game losing streaks are not the norm around here, that’s for sure.”

The Packers have clearly missed Rodgers, and their defense hasn’t done much to pick up the offense. They need to turn things around quickly. During their three-game losing streak, they’ve been outscored 81-46.

“I think definitely better days are ahead,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Asked to expand on that, McCarthy added: “Winning. It’s about winning. We don’t have to dance around the fact that we’ve lost three in a row. We need to win games. We’re not doing enough of the little things, top to bottom. Are we tackling well enough? Are we making enough plays? We’re not getting the ball in the end zone, so we need to score more points. We need to keep them out of the end zone more. We need more big-play production, that’s how you win in this league.”