Well, the Packers go into the bye with a chance to get healthy while just a game behind the Lions…with the tie breaker looming at the end of the season. And there is a LOT of football to be played in the meantime which could mean the Lions drop a game in between. But there are three things that worry me about this Packers team going into the second half of this season.
A couple of these things are out of anybody’s hands and will simply “be” or “not be” but when it comes down to it, this year’s Packers team has yet to find…well…a MEAN streak. The defense has played lights out at times but then faltered against the likes of the Seahawks, Lions, and Saints. And the offense has had times when it struggled to find the endzone.
There is still a feeling in “Packernation” that this team has yet to put it all together…to find its identity. And that would be OK if we were not halfway into the season. Here’s what I am worried about:
1. Will Aaron Rodgers be healthy?\
Aaron tweaked his hammy in the Saints game and word on the street is that he will be fine. But does anybody else wonder about a tweaked hammy??? That injury is synonymous with “nagging” and could limit Aaron’s play for the rest of the season. The good news is that it came just before the bye week. And as a quarterback, Aaron will not be seriously stressing his hamstrings on every single play. But it does make one wonder…will he be 100% moving forward. Well, that is just out of our hands.
2. Can this team put together a complete game against a good team?
The Packers have had some great games on offense AND defense. But can they put together a complete game against another elite team? So far they have failed to do it against the Seahawks, Lions, and the Saints. This team will have plenty of chances to prove it in the second half of the season and into the playoffs but still the questions remain about whether this year’s team can get it done against the elite in the league.
3. Will the Green Bay Packers reach their potential?
This is the fundamental question that all Packers fans want to know. Unfortunately…this is the ONE question that the Packers have as of yet failed to answer. This team has Aaron Rodgers…Eddie Lacy…Jordy Nelson…Randall Cobb…Clay Matthews…Julius Peppers…Mike Daniels….Ha Ha Clinton-Dix…Morgan Burnett…Sam Shields….and yet the combination has yet to be just right for them to be dominant against other great teams in the league. Whether injuries, bad positioning, bad tackling, or lack of attitude are to blame…this Packers team is NOT QUITE THERE.
BUT…if the offense…and the defense come together at the right time. And with a little help from the Lions…this team can still find itself in a great position at the end of the season. A position to prove all the naysayers wrong…a position to fulfill the potential so many of us see in this team. A position to…well…we won’t speak of that just yet…