Packers vs. Saints: Offense Finds Its Feet in Critical Win over Saints

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Umpire Jeff Rice #44 talks with Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers during a break in the action against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 28-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers receivers got going against the New Orleans Saints, and good thing, because the defense disappeared for a lot of the second half.

A large portion of the credit should go to an offensive line that played far better than it did against Seattle last Monday night, not allowing any sacks at all to the admittedly weakened front seven of the Saints.

It's a big step for an offense that has allowed 16 sacks already this year. 

Head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff did a great job getting Cedric Benson going to back the defense up and getting the balls into Randall Cobb's hands.

They'll have some more time for fine-tuning against the Indianapolis Colts next week.

Defensively, there were a lot of miscues that recalled 2011. It'd be nice to just say that the Saints finally heated up and the defense was just caught unaware, but the truth is that defensive coordinator Dom Capers' defense has really struggled this season and this was just another example of it.

The defense they run leaves too much of the short middle open, and the corners are easily pulled out of the play by having wide receivers streak the sideline. This leaves the underneath and middle open to short crosses, drag routes and anything else that can take advantage of the padding left by Capers' soft zones and heavy blitzes.

Poor tackling just compounds it, and we saw plenty of that on Sunday.

Still, this was a win to build some momentum on, and with some adjustments to the defense, the whole team could be roaring very soon.

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