Green Bay Packers: 6 Things About This Team That Infuriate Fans
Green Bay Packers fans don't really have a whole lot to complain about this season. After all, they're undefeated and their quarterback is dominating the NFL MVP race with a nearly perfect year as they strive for a repeat.
Yet, despite how good things have been in Titletown of late, there are still a few things about this team that can infuriate fans at times.
Here are six things that are driving cheeseheads crazy in 2011.
6. Punts and Field Goals
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The Packers offense is loaded with weapons and has been unstoppable so far this season. I'm not even sure if Aaron Rodgers is human anymore with the way he's been playing.
With a receiving corps including Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb, he certainly isn't lacking top targets and his running game is good enough to support him.
Green Bay is averaging nearly 35 points per game and fans have come to expect touchdowns on nearly every drive. Thus, anything less—such as a punt, field goal or turnover—is simply disappointing.
5. Early Deficits
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While they've always been able to overcome these deficits, the Packers have managed to make fans nervous and annoyed in the early goings.
They expect domination right from the start and anything less is infuriating.
4. Late-Game Strategy
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Mike McCarthy is known for playing it safe with the lead as the end of the game draws near, but this strategy has caused some close finishes for the Packers.
Fans would rather a less-conservative approach to put away teams with their explosive offense instead of relying on their suddenly shaky defense to seal the deal.
This strategy has been effective at times with the power running of James Starks, but other times it has resulted in high anxiety for a majority of Packers fans.
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Packers fans cringe when Aaron Rodgers is taken down for a sack or nailed in the backfield. All hopes of another Super Bowl win reside in the health of their quarterback, who suffered two concussions last season.
Rodgers has been sacked 20 times in 2011 behind an injury-riddled offensive line and everyone in Green Bay would love to see that number stay down in the second half.
2. Big Plays
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The Packers secondary has succumbed to a slew of big plays this season, giving up huge chunks of yardage.
In fact, they are currently next to last in the league in pass defense and this is especially infuriating when they were supposed to be one of best units in the NFL in 2011.
This one flaw in Green Bay may be what keeps them from a repeat.
1. Dropped Passes
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Nothing frustrates Rodgers more than when his receivers drop perfectly placed passes, staining his once-spotless stats.
Packers fans also reel when a potential touchdown or much-needed first down throw falls to the turf un-caught.
So many missed opportunities occur when a drive is stalled by a devastating drop.