Yes, there is no doubt that the 1-2 Green Bay Packers are mad as hell. Not just because of what happened with the replacement refs on Monday night that took a sure victory from the jaws of ineptitude.
The Packers know they are playing less than mediocre on offense and that is not acceptable. The inefficiency of the offense is what caused the game on Monday night to be close, although there were also a couple of ridiculous calls by the stand-in zebras that didn't help in the Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Pack.
The Packers will be facing the 0-3 New Orleans Saints who are mad as hell, too. There will definitely be a lot of anger on the gridiron this Sunday at Lambeau Field.
But the Packers will have more anger and also more talent to get the job done in convincing fashion this weekend.
Plus, the regular officials will be back on the field, too.
First, the good news.
The Packers are ranked third in the NFL in total defense. The pass defense is top-ranked (giving up only 125.3 yards a game), while the Packers are 26th vs. the run.
The Packers will be facing an offense with the Saints which is very capable of moving the football, as New Orleans is ranked 10th in the NFL in total offense. The Saints are ranked sixth in passing offense and 22nd in rushing offense.
Facing Drew Brees and company will be an excellent test for the Packers defense.
Speaking of Brees, the veteran QB is off to a tough start in 2012. Brees has thrown seven TDs compared to five picks for 904 yards and only has a 77.0 QB rating.
The Saints are obviously struggling because of Sean Payton's yearlong suspension due to Bounty-gate, not to mention Brees holding out for some time due to a contract squabble.
Bottom line, the Saints are a mess. Especially defensively, where New Orleans is ranked dead last in the NFL, as the Saints are giving up over 477 yards a game through three games.
New Orleans is ranked 25th in pass defense and have allowed opposing QBs to have a passer rating of 101.2 against them. Aaron Rodgers is smiling.
The Saints are also the absolute worst team in the NFL vs. the run, as New Orleans is allowing a whopping 215 yards a game against the run. Start Cedric Benson if you have him on your fantasy football team.
Bottom line, the Saints are just what the doctor ordered for the Packers offense that seems to be running in quicksand.
The Packers are an embarrassing 26th in total offense right now. Embarrassing if you compare this unit with last year's prolific offense, which basically has the same players, except for C Jeff Saturday and Benson at RB.
The Packers are ranked 21st in passing offense and 27th in rushing offense.
So, what are the issues with the offense? Well, there are a number of them.
The offensive line has been inconsistent in their blocking, both in run-blocking and pass-blocking. The offensive tackles have had the most issues in pass-blocking.
The receivers aren't getting a lot of separation from the defensive backs, either.
Rodgers is holding the ball too long, but some of that is due to the lack of separation by his receivers.
The key to the offense is obviously Rodgers. Last year's NFL MVP is only ranked 17th in the NFL in passing right now, as he has only thrown three TD passes vs. two interceptions for 745 yards and only has an 87.0 QB rating.
That is very unlike what Packer Nation expects from Rodgers, who threw 45 TD passes last season vs. just six picks for 4,643 yards and the best-ever QB rating of 122.5.
Rodgers also has the best ever lifetime QB rating in the NFL, as he has a 103.2 rating.
So something has to give. I think Rodgers and the offense of the Packers will be the big beneficiary of the matchup vs. the defense of the Saints this Sunday.
I expect the Packers to bust out of their offensive slump big time and I also believe the defense of the Packers will continue to play well.
Yes, the Packers are mad as hell all right. That anger will manifest itself into the best-played game of the season this Sunday vs. the Saints.
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