Week 3 Takeaways

untitledOne year after the infamous ‘Fail Mary’ debacle in Seattle, the Packers experience similar pain in a road loss to the Bengals. Aaron Rodgers turned in one of his worst stat lines since becoming Green Bay’s starting quarterback in 2008. The bye week comes at a convenient time as the Packers played the final minutes of Sunday’s game without a healthy running back on the roster. Concerning is the fact that the Packers just can’t seem to put opponents away, even with the 16-point lead they had in Cincinnati.

Positives

Turnovers Forced on Defense

Typically a unit that doesn’t force many fumbles, the Packers defense generated three against a normally-discipline Cincinnati offense. Sam Shields added an interception in the process of shutting down A.J. Green for three of the four quarters. Through three regular season games Brad Jones just might be the defense’s MVP – the fifth-year linebacker has been instrumental in the run defense’s success and has made Desmond Bishop’s absence considerably less noticeable.

Run Offense

Major improvements in run blocking yielded a 100-yard rusher for a second week in a row, this time on the legs of rookie Johnathan Franklin. Going forward, this type of performance will allow the Packers to control the tempo in the second half of games, an area where Mike McCarthy’s teams have struggled in the past. When Eddie Lacy and James Starks return from injuries after the bye week, the Packers will have a nice assortment of between-the-tackles and change-of-pace skill sets.

Negatives

Aaron Rodgers

Only one week removed from a career performance against Washington, Aaron Rodgers was a disaster (relatively speaking) versus Cincinnati, posting a quarterback rating of 64.5. It was clear that Rodgers wasn’t himself in Cincinnati after a first half spat with Mike McCarthy on the sideline. The 2011 NFL MVP has traditionally responded well to adversity so I see no reason to believe that whatever affected him on Sunday will be present after the bye week.

Jeremy Ross

Since stealing one of the last roster spots in late August, Ross has done everything to prove the coaching staff’s decision wrong – including a muffed kickoff that helped put the Packers in a quick 14-point hole against the Bengals. Later in the game, Ross nearly kept a kickoff in-play from his own 1 yard line rather than letting the ball roll out of bounds. Ninety percent of Ross’s value to the team comes on special teams, so the staff feels compelled to keep the struggling return man as the starter.

About Mike Davidsen

Mike Davidsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. Mike has been a Packers season ticket holder all of his life and just recently became a shareholder. Mike joined GPN in May 2010 and specializes in draft analysis.

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Week 3 Takeaways — 2 Comments

  1. There are positives…O-Line run blocking, overall defense, four defensive takeaways, Jonathan Franklin’s running, defensive line play, etc.

    Negatives: Jeremy Ross hands the opponent another short field with yet another muff, this one near the goal line, the play calling on third down and the absurd call on 4th-and-inches…P.U.

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