Last year, the Green Bay Packers started the season 6-0 and all looked to be well with the world. What made this even more impressive was the fact that they were off to such a hot start without Jordy Nelson, the team’s best offensive weapon next to Aaron Rodgers. Reality would then set in and the Packers would end up losing their lead atop the NFC North and were a Wild Card as the playoffs approached. This year, with Jordy back in the mix, Aaron Rodgers would have his go to weapon back and everyone would be healthy for once and they were penciled to win the NFC North once again and some, myself included had them coming out the conference and getting to the Super Bowl. After yesterday’s loss to the Colts, the Packers are now 4-4 and in third place in the NFC North. What’s the issue you may ask?
Injuries have taken its toll on them and that’s bound to happen with any football. So far, the Packers have lost both Eddie Lacy and James Starks to injuries so their running back situation is very thin, to say the least, and it’s a running back by committee thing right now. They’ve gone as far as to put a former receiver in Ty Montgomery in the backfield. Another thing I’ve noticed with their offense is the receivers inability to get open and make plays down the field and the biggest thing I’ve taken away from everything is the team is way too dependent on Aaron Rodgers to do everything. I understand there’s no running attack but it seems as though he’s trying to do everything himself and until Lacy can get healthy, the next man must step up and they need to find ways to win football games at the end of the day. Having a wide receiver as your leading rusher simply won’t cut it and the Packers should’ve made it a priority to sign a quality veteran running back during the offseason because it just seems as if things haven’t worked out with Lacy because he’s had issues with his weight and injuries and they drafted him pretty high all those years back.
From a statistical standpoint, the Packers were the top run defense in the NFL. When they faced Dallas, Ezekiel Elliott ran all over them and the Falcons and Colts both took notes in their gameplans when facing the Packers. For years, I’ve been saying the Packers defense would be what holds them back from not only reaching a Super Bowl but winning one and just like their running back situation, the secondary has suffered injuries of their own. Quinten Rollins, Damarious Randall and Demetri Goodson, the Packers three best secondary players have all had injuries of their own as well and Clay Matthews has been bothered with a lingering hamstring issue and he generates a pass rush. He can’t be the only one to get to the quarterback.
I’m not going to count Aaron Rodgers out. He can get everything together and turns it all around when it all matters the most. I’ve been shocked to see them not capitalize on the struggles of the Minnesota Vikings as of late. Now, they’re looking up to both the Lions and Vikings.