Greg Jennings: Packers Offense Won't Miss Star Wide Receiver vs. Colts

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Sanits 28-27.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers don't need wide receiver Greg Jennings to beat the Indianapolis Colts. The Packers offense is bigger than any one weapon in its arsenal.

According to the Associated Press, head coach Mike McCarthy has already ruled out Jennings for Sunday's matchup with the Colts. Jennings will sit to rest a groin injury that he sustained in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers and aggravated in last week's game in New Orleans.

To many teams, the thought of losing their No. 1 receiver would have a huge impact on the offense. Not the Packers. They will be just fine while Jennings recovers from his injury. Especially against the Colts.

Firstly, the Colts have struggled against the pass. Indianapolis ranks 16th in the league in yardage allowed, but that number is a bit skewed because it has also allowed 131.3 yards on the ground per game. With a pass-first team like the Packers coming to town, they should see way more pass attempts than they have seen in their first three games.

Aaron Rodgers and Co. have failed to match last season's impressive aerial attack, but they still have the talent to throw the ball around.

When a receiver like Jennings goes down, another option steps up to the challenge and the offense continues to produce.

Thanks to the nagging nature of this injury, Jennings has been largely ineffective through the Packers first four games. His 12 catches and 78 yards on the season ranks him fifth on the team in both categories, as Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb have all been targeted more times and put up better numbers.

The Packers offense has struggled compared to last season, sure, but it has very little to do with Jennings' struggles. The offensive line has been the biggest problem. Last season Rodgers was sacked a total of 36 times. This season the Packers are on pace to give up 64.

Fortunately for the Packers, the Colts pass rush has been abysmal. Indianapolis only has seven sacks on the season. 

With more time in the pocket and plenty of options to get the ball to, Rodgers and Co. should be able to get back to the high-flying offense they were capable of in 2011, with or without Jennings.