The Green Bay Packers have done some good things in the preseason. Aaron Rodgers looks fit and sharp
But there is one problem that has not gone away and it WILL hurt us against the Seahawks…
The Packers need help in the return game. The Seahawks coverage teams are killer…that’s all there is to it. If the Packers don’t resolve the weak return game (and all the penalties), the domino effect will be as follows:
- Return game, if it doesn’t turn the ball over, continues to force Green Bay to cover 90 yards to get to the end-zone.
- The offense, while it will put up points, will struggle at times against a really good defense which will lead to three-and-outs…
- Three-and-outs put pressure on the defense, keeping them on the field too long and taking the edge off the pass rush. Throw in a couple runs by Russell Wilson and the glaring weaknesses of last year’s defense could once again rear its ugly head.
Just imagine the difference between Aaron Rodgers’ numbers if his average starting field position was between the 25 and 30 yardline, rather than the 5-10 yardline. Dangerous becomes deadly with a swing of just ten yards. If DuJuan Harris or Janis can secure the ball and start getting a groove for picking up a few extra yards in the return game, and if we can eliminate the penalties we have seen on returns in the preseason, the results could be significant…especially in the season opener against the Seahawks.