Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' league-worst sacks total went from an alarming 12 to an appalling 20 in a few hours Monday night at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Rodgers was dumped for a career-high eight sacks by the Minnesota Vikings in their 30-23 win over Green Bay in the early-season NFC North showdown.
"It's obviously an issue," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's gone on for four weeks. You can't play this way. We're playing way too up and down. It's hurting us because of the big plays we're able to generate. We're too much of a big little offense right now."
Vikings All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen led the all-out assault on Rodgers with a career-high 4.5 sacks.
The Packers (2-2) wound up using two left tackles opposite Allen, but the speedy pass rusher had his way with both of them. Allen forced a fumble by Rodgers in the game-opening series and later sacked him in the end zone for a safety.
Converted left guard Daryn Colledge started in place of an injured Chad Clifton for the second straight game. Colledge suffered a sprained right knee early in the fourth quarter and was replaced by rookie T.J. Lang.
"We had some leakage late in some protections, and that can't happen. We've got to finish better than that," Colledge said. "We pride ourselves on being able to finish. We're an extremely athletic and well-conditioned offensive line, and we need to have it there at the end of plays."
Colledge didn't think he would have to miss any game action because of the injury. The Packers' next game isn't until Oct. 18, when they play host to the Detroit Lions.
The Packers should have Clifton available by then. He suffered an ankle sprain in the Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, who sacked Rodgers a then-personal-high six times (five by Antwan Odom).
Rodgers accepted some of the blame for the myriad breakdowns that occurred behind the line of scrimmage Monday.
"They did a good job, they had a good scheme, they covered up a lot of our guys and got after me a little bit," Rodgers said of the Vikings. "It's a combination of maybe extra effort on their part and nobody being open and me not getting (the football) out of my hands as quick as I probably could've."
"He looks good," said McCarthy, who didn't attend the workout. "That's what they told me. I said, ‘Good.' I think it would definitely be an asset to have him back on our football team."
Tauscher was the Packers' starting right tackle since his rookie season in 2000 until last season. He was replaced by Allen Barbre, a first-year starter who has struggled in pass protection through the first four games.