Is the season already a lost one for the Green Bay Packers? After losing two heart wrenching games to the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, the Packers sit at 3-4-1. The offense has yet to put a complete game together. The defense has played the best it has possibly in the last decade. Special teams have been hit or miss. Eight weeks have passed and this team has yet to put a full 60 minutes of football together.
But, the NFL season is 16 weeks long. While three wins is not what anybody in Green Bay expected, the fact that they have not played a complete game is why this year is far from over. Dealing with a knee injury since week two, Aaron Rodgers was finally able to play without a knee brace against the Patriots. As that knee continues to heal and Rodgers gains more confidence, the passing game will once again be electric.
As in years past, the passing is most effective when the running game is having success. With Ty Montgomery gone, second year running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are now the focal point on the ground. Jones had 75 yards against the Patriots, but did have a key fumble at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Jones’ big play ability has given him the nod over Williams. As Jones continues to progress into a number one back, that big play ability could be the thing to open up the passing game. The play action pass has been a deadly weapon for Rodgers. Should the running game start rolling, the play action will follow suit.
Surprisingly, the Packers defense has been their strongest unit. Jaire Alexander has been fun to watch, flying around the field. Blake Martinez has been a tackling machine. Kenny Clark is making a case for a potential Pro Bowl appearance. This defense might be young, but they have several playmakers making huge strides.
With some of the old guard gone, the Packers are faced with the task trying to win while getting younger at the same time. Through eight weeks, the young players are starting to figure out the professional game. As they get ready to start the season’s second half, it’s clear these young players have to continue to make jumps. Should they continue to do so, the Packers might make some noise come December.