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22 September, 2016, 05:54 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs catches a 25-yard touchdown pass over Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall right during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Sept. 18 2016 in Minneapolis. (AP

Then, back in Minnesota on Sunday night (this time at the team's new stadium), the Packers scored early in the fourth quarter to cut the Vikings lead to 17-14.

No, this was not time to R-E-L-A-X. Who ever thought I'd be a Lego, or a cereal box?

The Pack looks adrift offensively. He's averaging 206 yards in the first two games of 2016 - 27th out of the 30 quarterbacks who started in weeks 1 and 2. The team's record when he does so is a meager 7-28 (.200) and that includes two games before he became the starter.

Will Fuller also put forth a 104-yard game - his second 100-yard game in a row - to prove his legitimacy as Houston's No. 2 receiver and confirm a fantasy friendly rapport with Brock Osweiler. Peterson was in obvious pain and had to limp all the way to the locker room, putting zero weight on his injured knee.

On Sunday, Green Bay will be playing the first of four consecutive home games over the next five weeks (bye in Week 4).

The Packers had a mere 65 yards of offense in the first half, the second-fewest they've had in a half with Rodgers starting at quarterback. He just hasn't played like it in a very long time. "There's some moving pieces right now".

Rodgers' next shot to get off the schneid is Sunday against the Lions, who rank 23rd so far this season in passing defense.

In his press conference on Wednesday, McCarthy was clear about his relationship with Rodgers, saying that "I've never trusted a quarterback or an individual as a player more than Aaron Rodgers", while praising number 12's work ethic and attention to detail. If not for Rodgers' greatness Week 1, this might be a team still seeking its first win.

Yes, it's only one game, but there was so much to like about the performance.

As a rookie, all 16 of Rodgers' throws came in the fourth quarter. Diggs, especially, looked like a bona fide National Football League superstar Sunday night, with a series of deft moves and cuts against Green Bay. "I was just trying to get open for my guys", said Diggs.

The whispers in the summer among some personnel execs about the state of the Packers roster are becoming louder each week.

"To see that ol' smile, that big ol' smile, back on his face", Wilson said Monday morning while going about his athletic director's duties at Putnam North, "that was good". He outplayed Aaron Rodgers. "There has been some deterioration there". McCarthy sends them in from the sideline and Rodgers often has an option to change it to a better play based on what the defense is doing. That starts on first down. On a first-and-10 play from the Green Bay 37-yard line, Peterson took a handoff and went for a 5-yard gain. The Packers are equally bad on the ground and in the air. He's lost both trips to Charlotte, totaling one touchdown and two interceptions with a 61 percent completion rate.

"Our perimeter players, we need to get them more opportunities too", McCarthy added. Kyle Rudolph contributed 31 yards and a touchdown in three catches.

The Packers (1-1) are ranked 29th in the National Football League in total offense and a 31st in passing. "Hopefully, we'll keep creating turnovers and giving them good field position". Both Cobb and Lacy have both been better through two games this season than they were previous year, as Cobb, who struggled almost as much as drops last season as Adams, hasn't dropped a pass so far, and Lacy ranks fifth in PFF's Elusive Rating, which measures a back's effectiveness independent of his blocking.

Every week I will look at my keys to the season and grade how we fared in those categories.



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