There is no doubt about it; times in Titletown have certainly been better.
After winning in Chicago to begin the season, it’s safe to assume since then, things have tumbled downhill – especially on the offensive side of the ball.
After putting up 38 in week one, the scoring struggles, mainly in the first half, have been abysmal, with lots of blame and finger-pointing at the first-year starter, Jordan Love.
Look, I won’t be the one to tell you he’s not to blame. He has obviously missed many throws and has caused letdowns on his own accord, but the amount of blame towards his way has been far too much.
It’s crucial to recognize that these young wide receivers have faced their own share of growing pains, often running the wrong routes – as seen on Sunday, missing key blocks, and being plagued by untimely injuries.
The running game has been no better.
Aaron Jones has played in just a few games, and his touches have been unimpactful. Outside of the week seven game in Denver, A.J. Dillon has been a shell of his former self.
The play calling is something that can easily be questioned, and to his credit, head coach Matt LaFleur has owned some of the blame. The suboptimal play calls have been a factor, failing to fully maximize Love’s abilities and relying too heavily on predictable schemes.
The offensive line, which was once a strength of the Packers, has surprisingly been a letdown, leading to Love facing increased pressure and reduced time in the pocket as well as being unable to establish any consistency in the run game – something that this offense is built around.
In reality, despite what people will say, the Packers’ offensive struggles result from multiple factors that extend well beyond the shoulders of their young quarterback.