Packers Weekly Progress Report: Injuries Don't Slow Offense/Defense Down

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Strong safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers  looks on against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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So just over a week past when I wrote about the Packers' depth, it will be tested with the injury to Charles Woodson.

As I said Monday afternoon, Woodson going down isn't a disaster at all. Not even close. That was the point last week as this team is built to withstand some losses.

Coming out of the decisive victory over the St. Louis Rams, this is a team which appears to have begun to hit it's stride, which should worry the rest of the NFC.

Rodgers is beginning to find his receivers and the timing is there again, like it was in 2011. While Greg Jennings remains hurt, he's not missed all that much. That's not to say he isn't good, it's more that the remaining group of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb are so good.

Cobb has been great and the Packers are working hard to get the ball into the hands of their very dynamic, burgeoning playmaker.

If there is a downside to the offense, it's the struggling run game. It should be noted that the offensive line having issues, notably in blocking the run. However, Alex Green still looks a little less than ready for prime time and still rounding out the rough edges.

It should start getting better as the passing offense opens up the defense a bit, but it bears watching over the next few weeks.

Defensively, aside from the Woodson injury, the Packers are banged up. For all that though, it didn't really show last weekend against the Rams and won't against the Jaguars. Hopefully guys like BJ Raji, Nick Perry and Mike Neal can get healthy and ready for the last quarter of the season.

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