In a game that Green Bay should’ve run away with, they found themselves in a similar situation. Starting fast on offense, and then proceeding to struggle to find the end zone for the rest of the game. A game that could’ve been used for the Packers to “get hot” was rather turned into a display of what they should and shouldn’t do moving into a tough stretch. Ultimately, the Packers would take the game 20-15 behind good defensive play paired with the play of Aaron Jones, and begin their preparation for Chicago with a lot to take away from week 14.
The Packers may have struggled on offense, but one thing is for sure, Aaron Jones is the real deal. Posting 192 yards from scrimmage Jones led the team in carries, rushing yards, receptions, and receiving yards. Packers found a way to get Jones once again involved in the passing game after struggling to do so in the previous three. It seems like every game if Jones had more touches Green Bay would benefit.
What Does the Win Mean?
Last year at this point the Packers were 5-7-1, and now they are sitting at 10-3, but more importantly the two seed in the NFC. The win yesterday and Saints loss sent packers over the saints in the NFC ranks. The Packers haven’t had a home-field advantage and a bye in the playoffs since 2014, and now they are one step closer.
Miscues on Offense
After the game Aaron Rodgers said he would be fine winning ugly all the way to the Super Bowl, but that might be harder than he thinks. Although the Pack took care of business, it wasn’t against a top-notch team. Rodgers in the third quarter missed a long ball to Jones who had the falling linebacker beat on a Sluggo. That’s just one example of a missed opportunity by the offense. If the Packers saw the score in New Orleans yesterday they have to know that 20 points won’t take them far in the playoffs.
Wide Receiver Woes
It’s becoming more and more clear that after the season Green Bay will have to find a secondary weapon for Rodgers. Outside of Davante Adams, nobody has been able to get open, forcing Rodgers to hold the ball longer. Allen Lazard has shown flashes, but he’s not a proven number two in this league. Come playoffs they may find themselves in deep trouble.
In a game that on paper looked like it had Aaron Rodgers written all over it, the other Aaron was the one that took over. Easily the player of the game for the Packers, and it is evident that he needs to be the showpiece of the offense moving forward as the receivers outside of Davante Adams are struggling to get open.
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