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Through the first four weeks of the season, the Green Bay Packers have not had their explosive offense like they had in 2011. However, after scoring 28 points against the New Orleans Saints, the Packers offense seemed to be getting back on track, but head coach Mike McCarthy knows there is still plenty left to be done.
“The No. 1 objective is to score points,” McCarthy said. “We’re not scoring enough points.”
Clearly McCarthy has not forgotten about the first three games of the season where the Packers only averaged 19 points a game. While the team was averaging 19 points a game, the offense was only averaging 14, since two of the touchdowns were on special teams. Last season the Packers’ offense averaged over 30 points a game so there is clearly something that is wrong with the offense so far. Both McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers know that 14 points a game from this offense is not acceptable and one good game against the Saints doesn’t mean the offense is back yet.
“Heading in the right direction, definitely,” Rodgers said earlier this week about the status of the offense. “We’ve put together a few quarters of better football. We’re still not playing exactly the way we want to. We’re a team that’s built a reputation of being very efficient.”
The biggest improvement for the offense last week was their ability to convert in the red zone. In the five their five chances, the Packers scoring four times in the red zone. The only time they failed to score was when Rodgers got poked in the eye and had to get taken out of the game. This led to Graham Harrell getting tripped on his first play and causing a turnover.
Another big improvement for Green Bay’s offense was the running game. Cedric Benson ran for three yards or more in 17 of his 18 carries. The only time he didn’t was during his first run of the game where he only got two yards. Benson being able to get positive yards on every carry helped the team have more manageable second and third down opportunities.
In the next few weeks, the Packers will be facing teams with struggling defenses. This will be a great chance for Green Bay to start getting into the rhythm they want as a team.If the Packers can continue to establish a good running game with Benson and now James Starks who may be coming back this weekend, the offense should be real close to getting back to how they were last season during the regular season.
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