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Through the first five games of the season, the Green Bay Packers have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. The new young defense for the Packers has been up and down which is expected, but the offensive inconsistencies are still puzzling.
Last season the Green Bay offense was the model of consistency. They were efficient with the football rarely turning it over and they were able to push the ball down the field constantly throughout the game on their way to averaging 35 a game. This season Green Bay is only averaging 22.4 points a game and have had streaky games outside of their Week 2 performance against the Chicago Bears.
This weekend’s game against the Indianapolis Colts was a perfect example of how streaky the Packers have been this season, particularly on offense. At the end of the first half, the Packers were up 21-3 on the Colts and had the game well in their control. As the second half came around, the offense started to stall. The running game, which was now minus Cedric Benson due to injury, continued to struggle and Aaron Rodgers looked shaky.
In the first half, the Packers had six drives, three of which led to touchdowns. In the second half, Green Bay had eight drives while only getting one touchdown. Not only were the Packers failing to score in the second half, they were also failing pushing the ball down the field. Seven of the eight second half drives had five plays or less and six of the drives took two minutes and 11 seconds or less. The lack of ability for the Packers to run out the clock gave the Colts plenty of time for a comeback.
As mentioned before, Benson was out due to injury so the running game was now being placed on young running back Alex Green who had nine carries for 55 yards. However, 41 of those yards came on one run which means on his other eight carries he only managed to get 14 yards. His lack of production gave the Packers long second and third down plays which Green Bay couldn’t convert. Overall, the Packers were 4-for-13 on third down which was mainly due to the lack of the running game.
This lack of finding balance on the offense is the main reason now for the Packers’ inconsistency. Green Bay has yet to put together a full game where there was complete chemistry and productiveness from the offense. Now they will be playing the undefeated Houston Texans this Sunday night which will be a difficult task since the Texans have one of the best defenses in the league. It will be a good test though as to how far off the offense is and how they can handle a top-notch defense this season.
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