Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Packers Bye Week 2013 Comes Early | Rating Their Performance So Far

Packers Bye Week 2013
It’s only week four and the Packers have already reached their bye week. This gives us an opportunity to look at the performance of the Packers at each level through three weeks.  Granted, our Packers are just 1-3, but there are some bright spots.  

Quarterbacks: Through three games, Aaron Rodgers has 1,057 yards passing, a competition percentage of 66.4 percent, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions, two of which came last Sunday. Rodgers played perhaps the worst game of his NFL career on Sunday and it resulted in something you never see in Green Bay, a yelling match between player and coach on national television. Still I expect them to get this worked out and they will be just fine. During the broadcast Troy Aikman even said he used to get into fights with his offensive coordinator all the time. GRADE: B

Running Backs: Surprisingly this has been a strength of the Packers offense through three weeks. After taking over for an injured Eddie Lacy against the Redskins, James Starts gave the Packers their first 100 yard rusher in almost three years. Last Sunday, Starks got injured and rookie Jonathan Franklin responded with his own 100 yard rushing performance. Lacy will be back soon and these last two performances makes it a hard decision for the Packers coaches as to who gets the starting job. GRADE: A-

Receivers: So far the big three, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb have been just that, big. Yes indeed, the three of them have been nothing short of awesome so far this season. We may be looking at an NFL rarity, three 1,000 yard receivers on the same team. Tight end Jermichael Finley has shown flashes of brilliance this season, more times than not, and is another weapon in the Packers loaded offensive arsenal. GRADE: A

Offensive Line: The Packers began the 2013 season with the offensive line being perhaps the biggest question mark. So far, those questions have been answered as the line has played very well. Rookie David Bakhtiari has excelled stepping in for an injured Brian Bulaga and the rest of the line has help up nicely. Center EDS may still be the biggest question mark and he may be replaced next season. Overall, I did not expect this offense to play this good this season. It looks like they may even be better than ever.

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