Green Bay Packers' Slow Offense Misses Injured Players
Green Bay did not play their best game today. The Packers were expected to blow out an easy opponent, but their offense struggled to keep the ball moving.
Rodgers only threw for 186 yards today—his lowest total of the season. His receivers struggled to get open and dropped three passes that should have been caught.
The offensive line struggled to contain the pass rush, causing Rodgers to run around to evade defenders. He was sacked twice on the day, but was hurried much more than he would like.
The running game struggled as well. Alex Green ran the ball 22 times for 54 yards, averaging only 2.5 yards per carry.
The struggling offense today all came down to one key issue: the Packers missed their injured players.
Jordy Nelson missed the game with a hamstring injury. His absence, as well as that of Greg Jennings, forced Green Bay to play differently than they were accustomed to. Tight ends were going on deep routes, and weren't doing a good job of getting open. Jarrett Boykin was in for a few plays—something the Packers have not done up to this point.
Jones and Cobb were forced to step up today without the two starting receivers. While they played well, they normally produce at higher levels when they aren't the focus of the defense.
John Kuhn sat out today with a hamstring injury as well. Packers fans didn't realize the true impact of Kuhn until today.
Kuhn is often used as a lead blocker for the running game. While Green Bay isn't a very good running offense, they usually do better than they did today. The running plays were limited without him as a vital lead blocker.
Kuhn is also a key to protecting Rodgers in the pocket, especially on third downs. Kuhn usually plays on third down plays in the shotgun, blocking for Rodgers. The pass rush was able to pressure Rodgers a lot today, and Kuhn's absence could very well have been a factor of that.
For Green Bay, a win is still a win. Hopefully they will see Kuhn and Nelson return next week, but if not, there are some major concerns for this offense.
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