Packers’ offense searches for finishing touch : Packers Insider

Packers’ offense searches for finishing touch

October 12, 2010 by  
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Oct 13, 2010 ~ By Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel

~Production has been lacking after third quarter

The Green Bay Packers might recall how tough it is to come out on the losing end of a close game. In 2008 they lost seven games by seven points or less and finished the season 6-10.

But that year, the Packers fought to the bitter end and could score late touchdowns.

This year, the last three games have been very close. The Packers have lost two of them, and a new small trend is developing. The Packers are not playing well on offense in the fourth quarter.

It is something Green Bay wants to correct in a hurry.

“The majority of guys in this locker room know what that’s like and don’t want to go down that road again,” said Packers lineman Daryn Colledge. “It seems like we’ve got to find a way to finish in the fourth quarter.

“We’re right there.”

Scoring in general is down for the Packers.

Through five games, Green Bay is eighth in the NFL in scoring with a 23.8 average. That’s solid, but also a dip from their 28.8 scoring average all of last season that placed the Packers third highest in the league.

That dip alone isn’t enough cause for alarm. Here’s what is: the scoring droughts in the fourth quarter for the Packers, especially in the last three games.

In the final quarter of the last three games, and including the seven minutes of overtime at Washington, the Packers’ offense had 11 possessions and 55 offensive plays.

What to show for it?

One touchdown. No field goals. Three penalties. Two lost fumbles. And one interception.

"It is disappointing that in the last six minutes and overtime you have two penalties, a giveaway and two sacks. And you gift wrap it for them," said Philbin. "We've got to play better in the fourth quarter, there's no question about it. We have to score more points. And when the game is on the line, you can't let guys run through the A gap, you can't have penalties, you can't throw the ball to the other team.

“Unfortunately we’re not playing up to our potential. It’s one thing to talk about it. It’s another thing to go demonstrate it,” said offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. “We’ve got to out there and consistently perform for sixty minutes.”

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