A pair of ridiculous roughing the passer penalties against Clay Matthews is just not the rationale the Packers enter Week four with a 1-1-1 report.
This is usually the interval when quarterback Aaron Rodgers tells Green Bay fans to “R-E-L-A-X,” however that could be troublesome for many who see acquainted, negative traits under coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers began 1-2 in 2013 and had been capable of battle again to win the NFC North, however the division is improved now.
The similar cannot essentially be stated about the Packers, who over the offseason overhauled the teaching workers with the addition of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. This is a prove-it year for McCarthy, and some obvious points should be mounted.
One could blame the Matthews penalties … or just tackle the next three issues.
Better begins wanted
Green Bay sometimes is a fast-starting team, one of many NFL’s finest at opening the game with a rating. That hasn’t been the case in 2018. Each of the Packers’ three game-opening possessions have resulted in a punt, they usually’ve averaged 2.7 yards per play on these drives. Against Green Bay, Chicago and Washington every scored on its first possession, and Minnesota scored on its second.
The Packers have some extent differential of -25 within the first half of games this season. They confronted a 20-point deficit against the Bears and an 18-point deficit against Washington. At that time, they’re principally praying for a Rodgers-led comeback.
The answer is a training workers higher ready with its first-quarter script on each side of the ball.
Use run to guard Rodgers
Rodgers remains to be coping with a left knee injury. He additionally grabbed at his proper hamstring throughout the loss to the Redskins on Sunday, however, through Packers News, he stated, “Hamstrings are fine.”
Green Bey has three games before its bye week — vs. Buffalo, at Detroit, vs. San Francisco. Considering the truth that the Packers come out of that bye week with highway games against the Rams and Patriots, Rodgers will must be as wholesome as doable.
The Packers can defend Rodgers with the working game … in the event that they select to do it. They rank 30th in dashing makes an attempt per game, which is one other product of falling behind early in games. Running backs Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones will be trusted. Jones had six carries for 42 yards against the Redskins and ought to be extra concerned within the game plan shifting ahead.
Turn up the stress
Through three games, quarterbacks have a mixed 103.1 quarterback rating against the Packers. Green Bay’s cross protection has improved a bit of, however the injury to defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle), a stable pass-rusher, is one other blow to a unit that is not pretty much as good against the cross as the opposite groups are within the division.
Proof lies within the opposing QB scores allowed by different defenses within the North, Detroit (65.6), Minnesota (82.8) and Chicago (89.6). The Bears, who added Khalil Mack through commerce before the season, additionally lead the league with 14 sacks and have generated eight takeaways. The Packers averages two sacks and one turnover per game.
When they do get stress, properly … we have seen the calls against Matthews, and the league’s explanation does not help.
The problem for Pettine will likely be finding methods to generate extra stress with out Wilkerson, particularly within the subsequent three games.