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Jennings and Rodgers need to step up their respective games.
This facet of the Packers simply contains too many moving parts to confine it to one player.
We’ve already identified some of the deficiencies in the offensive line. Now it’s time for an evaluation of the quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers has been okay thus far in 2012, but not anywhere near his established performance standards of the past. Through three games last season, Rodgers totaled 917 yards, eight touchdowns (one INT) and a rating of 121.1.
Video game-type stuff—this we realize.
In comparison, he’s thrown for 745 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and a rating of 87.0 this year. Quite the downgrade—this we also surely understand.
He’s also taken unnecessary sacks and completed far fewer passes this year. The second of which amounts to a 67.8 versus a 71.3 completion percentage.
Rodgers simply needs to step up his game. The higher quality of defenses he’s faced this season isn’t a viable excuse—especially for the league’s reigning MVP.
As for his top two receivers, they also have been less than stellar in the early goings of the 2012 campaign.
Jordy Nelson has been solid but not great so far. In Week 2, he posted a six-catch, 84-yard day against the Bears. When looking back to 2011, however, Nelson had that output with one catch, not to mention the touchdown passes he hauled in through three games.
Greg Jennings—although hobbled a bit by a groin injury—has not performed up to expectations either. He racked up 263 yards and two scores last year compared to just 69 yards, zero scores and a measly 6.3 average per catch through two games this season.
He’s also caught just 11 of his 19 targets. Some of this is on Rodgers, but Jennings is far from his usual self.
Thankfully, the Packers square off against the 0-3 Saints at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
One should expect all of these aforementioned players to indeed step up and officially put the kibosh on New Orleans’ season.
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