Still a LOT of Football to Play…

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James Jones 2After a “humbling” loss at the hands of the Broncos, the Packers hope to rebound against another unbeaten. The good news is that the loss to the Broncos was an AFC loss…this game against the Panthers is a game that might determine where a playoff repeat is played later in the year. The Packers are 6 and 1 but if they lose to Carolina and the Vikings win…they would be tied atop the NFC North. 

The Packers went into the bye with an identity. A team that had not hit it’s stride offensively but was able to rely on the defense when needed. All that fell apart when the Packers offense met a Broncos defense that could stop the run and spend the better part of the game dropping seven to cover a receiver corps that is struggling to get separation. That equated to 10 offensive points, a number that the defense could not hold a resurgent Peyton Manning to at home.
 



There is still a LOT of football left to play but for me, the disappointment is in the fact that I have been waiting for this Packers offense (in particular) to hit its stride for way too long. The loss of Jordy Nelson was big but the Packers have enough young receivers that somebody should have seen their opportunity by now and taken advantage of it. Davante Adams has been a non-factor all year whether he has played or not and Ty Montgomery, while having his flashes…has not stepped up to take the reigns. Add to that the fact that we can’t seem to run the ball with anyone but James Starks (what the…) all of the sudden and an offense ready to hit its stride looks like an offense that has been figured out and is in need of a spark. Aaron Rodgers’ concern for protecting the ball means that he will not throw into traffic but buys time with his feet in hopes that a receiver will come open in the scramble. This doesn’t work against teams that can drop extra guys into coverage and still have an effective pass rush…especially if the running game stalls.

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Here is what we must do on offense to spark this offense into a turnaround:

  1. We MUST run the ball. Eddie Lacy…my man…where are you? We need the bruising Eddie Lacy who takes defenders’ helmets off back on the field! Every…and I mean every team’s first priority on defense is to stop the run. If they can do that…our offensive scheme will begin to fall like a house of cards. We need the potent combo of Eddie Lacy and James Starks (in whatever order) back on the field because it is the starting point of the offense and a way to extend drives.
  2. We MUST get back to the short passing, timing driven game. This may be riskier but we have to get Randall Cobb back in sync with Aaron Rodgers and give guys like Adams and Montgomery one break passes and get the ball out to them. Then, it is the job of the receivers to show that they have staying power because for the last few weeks the Packers offense has looked like it does not have a number one receiver…somebody step up!
  3. The last thing…and OK this is a little generic but I’m going to say it anyway…We MUST get some Packer Pride back. This is a proud franchise founded on winning and in position to do some special things this very year. But we have to start making a change now. Sometimes you have to take a risk to win a game. We seem on offense to be simply playing the odds again. Let’s take the fight to the defense for a change. WE ARE THE GREEN BAY PACKERS! I mean, we have a great group of linemen, let’s shove the ball down their throats and then unload on somebody through the air. Packernation has been waiting for too long for this offense to have a solid game in all phases…let’s get it right now. Packer Pride baby!

 



I want to make it clear…I believe in this team. We have a lot of great players that take losses like the Broncos game to heart. It is time for Packer Pride to take the fight to the Carolina Panthers and show them who the real champion is. Packernation has been waiting too long. If we get back on track this week, the Broncos game could quickly become a distant memory.

So what are your thoughts on how the Packers can jump-start the offense. Let us know in the comments below or back on the Facebook Fanpage.

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Mike Davidsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. Mike joined GPN in May 2010.

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