Entering the season, I did think this was an offense that would get significantly better from the early weeks to the late fall. Still think that. This week could be a big indicator of whether that's the case. Struggling on the road in that environment against a very good Vikings defense is one thing. If the Packers offense struggles at home against the Lions, that's not a good sign.
Well, they do have one of the league's top 5 defenses. They're worth a mention.
I think Josh Sitton's absence might be among the least of their problems on offense right now. Lane Taylor hasn't been a problem through two games. As for punting, that's another story. The punting situation is abysmal. Really no excuse for it inside a controlled-weather climate.
I do wonder how much can be attributed to the lack of preseason snaps. Thought it could bite them early in the season. Certainly hasn't helped.
Kenny Clark looked inconsistent. He had some really good plays, quick penetration, disruptive. There were also times when he got blown off the line. So up and down, but he made more plays than the previous week in Jacksonville. So that's something to build on.
It's certainly possible. There's a reason NFL coaches don't last long. Ten years is an eternity in this league. With that said, the offense's struggles could be many things. Not sure there's just one reason.
Like when he ripped into JC Tretter for not snapping the ball at the end of the half last night when the Vikings jumped offsides? Yeah, Rodgers gets into his teammates pretty good. Think it's human nature to accept that easier when the quarterback is playing well.
It's an idea worth trying. But watching the first two games, I don't get any sense the Packers see real competition for the No. 3 receiver job. Davante Adams has been firmly in that spot.
Here's the thing about lack of preseason snaps: Did it lead to the offenses's struggles through the first two weeks. Sure, on some level at least, I think it's fair to say it did. Ultimately, if you keep your players healthy and avoid major preseason injuries, and they're fresher for the stretch run while sacrificing some early-season execution, is it a good decision? I think that's how Mike McCarthy views it. In the big picture, he's probably right, even if it makes for a frustrating September.
I don't know. But if I had to guess, I can't imagine he'll be back before the Week 4 bye.
That's a possibility. Even though Rodgers said before the preseason began he was already ready for the regular season. Sure hasn't looked like it.
For sheer sample size, you're right. But that's also true contextually. In five weeks, we very well could look back at last night and think of it nothing more than a great defense playing out of its mind opening a brand-new stadium. That was a tough test for any team coming into that building. The Packers should rebound and play well at home over their next four games. If they don't? Then it's a trend, and that's not good.
Haven't been able to watch the tape yet. It's on my to-do list. I thought Rodgers missed open receivers last night.
Media doesn't get to see the relevant portions of practice once the season begins, so I don't know.
Yeah, that could've been a Kuhn moment. Of course, it doesn't matter if Mike McCarthy just kicks the field goal.
I can't disagree. Certainly comes across that way.
It's almost impossible to know without being inside the huddle and knowing what the defensive play/coverage that's called. Thought there was some soft coverage from the secondary last night, though.
You may be right ... when the secondary doesn't have Sam Shields. Look across the league and tell me what secondary doesn't quickly become average when it loses its top cornerback. True No. 1 corners don't grow on trees. Shields is a huge loss as along as he's out.
It's early, small sample size, but there's a chance you're onto something.
There were a couple times last night that happened, yeah. Even worse, though, is taking a shot play on second-and-long, which happened a couple times last night. Just asking for third-and-long.
Depends. What's your hang time?