The Green Bay Packers have one of the best offenses in the league, but have had gotten off to slow starts plenty of times during the 2012 season. That didn’t change this past weekend against the Minnesota Vikings as the Packers failed to score in the first quarter and were quickly down 10-0.
The game was in Minnesota and with the importance and intensity of the game, incredible crowd noise played a key role in the Packers slow start. However, this is not the first time the Packers have gotten off to a slow start, whether on the road or at home. In fact, the Packers failed to score in the first quarter during the first three games of the season, which was a big reason for their slow start to the season.
The reason for these slow starts is still a mystery to the Packers, and they may have gotten off to the worst start of the season on Sunday when they failed to record a first down in the first quarter and were only able to gain 32 yards of offense. Once the second quarter came around the Packers were able to rack up 34 points and 373 yards of total offense in the losing effort.
One reason for Green Bay’s inability to start games off strong may be the fact that there is always a different group of receivers out on the field every week. Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings were only on the field together for the fifth time this season and even though those two are experienced in the offense, chemistry still has to be built in each game. Also, the Packers best receiver this season, Randall Cobb, was out with an ankle injury. Green Bay has struggled to remain healthy for the entire season on offense and defense which makes it harder for them to build chemistry as a team.
With the Packers playing the Vikings for the third time this season and twice in two weeks, they know what the gameplan is going to be. They are going to feed the ball to Adrian Peterson who has torched the Packers rushing for over 400 yards in two games this season. If the Packers can get off to a quick start and take an early lead, they may be able to slow down the rushing attack and force Minnesota to throw the ball. The Packers offense starting the game makes Minnesota have to change their gameplan and forces them to play at Green Bay’s pace.
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