Packers’ offense running in quicksand
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~Remember when the Packers were unbeatable at Lambeau?
Yeah, me too. I also remember when Jordy Nelson was the Packers’ top receiver and Davante Adams would get just on occasional pass thrown his way. Now he gets 11, 21 in a single game, with no impact at all aside from big drops and no separation from defensive backs, even when not being grabbed and held by defensive backs.
On a night of celebration at halftime with Brett Favre and Bart Starr together, along with former Packer Super Bowl winners Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, William Henderson and others, the Packers gave up first place in the NFC North just a week after winning big in Minnesota.
That surprising win over the first place Vikings is the Packers only win since October 18th, when the Packers barely hung on to beat a bottom-3 team in San Diego.
This team has lost 4 of their past 5 games, and face it, they’re not very good.
The defense plays well at times. Sometimes they look great. But they don’t know how to cover simple crossing patters, rubs. How many times do we see an opposing wide receiver on one side just run straight across the field within 10 yards, running a Packer defensive back into some traffic and then trying to chase and catch up? More times than I can count. We’ve seen it from Micah Hyde, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Demarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, Dimitri Goodson.
How many times have the Packers blown a coverage and allowed a guy to be wide open in the end zone for a touchdown, like last night to Bears’ tight end Zach Miller?
Contrast that to the Packers’ final four plays last night from the 8-yard line. Cobb double covered, everyone else blanketed like velcro.
Rodgers has thrown some uncharacteristically bad passes, as well as made some bad decisions (like throwing 21 passes to Adams while freezing out Jeff Janis, or ignoring throwing to Cobb on the final goal line play at Carolina when the play went as designed and Cobb got wide open right away.
But Rodgers’ also has been victimized by terrible route-running (yes we’re looking at you again Davante), dropped passes (all of them), and slow routes (all the tight ends, Adams, Jones especially), and he’s also had leaks all across and around his offensive line.