Oh Where, Oh Where Did the Offense Go?Posted:Sep 22nd, 2014 2:15 am
So, about those 34 points I thought the Packers were going to score...
Three games into the season, the Packers offense is an abject mess. That's not a sentence I've written or spoken too many times over the past 20 seasons. It starts with the running game. On one hand, the Pack has faced three staunch run defenses. On the other hand, Mike McCarthy inexplicably continued to stick with it against a Lions defense that was auditioning corners off the street all week and signed two of them. Yet the ordinary Joes who were out there did enough to keep the passing game in check all afternoon.
If Eddie Lacy and company can't get untracked against the Bears (and their lousy run defense) next weekend, we'll know we've got serious issues. It was a lousy dal all around. His fumble put the Pack in an instant hole and the safety following Davon House's pick was the turning point in the game (equal blame falls on McCarthy for the play call).
I mean, if you would have told me the Pack would get three turnovers and hold Megatron under 90 yards and the Lions offense to 10 points, I would have said the Pack would breeze to an easy victory. But for the first time in 11 games against the Lions, Rodgers was ordinary. His receivers couldn't get open and Cobb and Boykin dropped key third down passes. James and Jermichael, where are you?
The sky is falling alarmists will be out in full force and I think it's a bit early for that. There are legit concerns about where this team stands right now, but there are signs of encouragement. The defense played well; Julius Peppers was excellent and Davon House looks like his offseason training with Darrelle Revis paid off. Ha Ha Clinton Dix got his first pick and is off to a very good start. The unit tired near the end, after spending over 38 minutes on the field, and Reggie Bush made them pay with the game sealing touchdown and then gaining enough yards to run out the clock.
The only real negative from the defense came with some key penalties on third down that extend Lions' drives.
For now it's the offense that needs fixing and that's supposed to be McCarthy's forte. The line must block better and open holes. The receivers need to get on the same page as their quarterback. And the running game has to get untracked.
We knew the opening quarter of the season would be tough with three road tests against quality teams. 2-2 seemed like an acceptable start. To get there they'll need to beat the Bears at Soldier Field. It will be a stiff road test: they're gonna need to pull a few all nighters between now and Sunday.