After a hot start in the first half, the Packers fell flat as they went scoreless in the second half. Even with the loss, there was still a player that shined above the rest.
The Packers’ offensive struggles are now going on for five weeks. For the first few weeks of the season, the offense couldn’t get things going until the second half. This time around in London, the Packers shot out of the gate and scored all of their offensive points in the first half before putting up a goose egg in the second half. The team hasn’t been able to make adjustments during the game on either side of the ball, once they get those kinks worked out, the Packers should return to a solid team overall.
Packers Offensive Player Of The Game: Randall Cobb, WR
Every week, one Packers player continues to impress and this week he broke out of containment. Randall Cobb, the ageless wonder. This is Cobb’s 12th season in the league and the tenth year with the Packers. Unsure if the new rookies gave him a piece of youth or what but 32-year-old Randall Cobb looks like he is running routes in his prime. Cobb was targeted a crazy 13 times in the game and was able to corral seven of them for 99 yards. There’s no need to sign a free agent if Cobb can do this every week. He is now 17 for 25 for 249 yards.
If he keeps up this pace, he could see high 80’s for targets and a whopping 850 yards for the regular season. Similar to his one-year season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. Cobb continues to be one of the three starting wide receivers alongside Allen Lazard and rookie Romeo Doubs. In Week five, Cobb tallied the same amount of yards as he did in Weeks three and four combined.
Packers Other Notable Offensive Players
Two notable players that have gotten a lot of attention since the start of the season and have been playing well every week are wide receiver Romeo Doubs and running back Aaron Jones. Romeo Doubs is a surprising star on the offense as he was drafted in the fourth round of the most recent NFL draft. He gained quarterback Aaron Rodgers’s trust early on and it has paid off. Doubs is currently second on the team in receiving yards with 213, 36 behind Randall Cobb. Aaron Jones continues to be a key cog in the Packers’ offense in the passing game and in the rushing game.
Through five games, Aaron Jones is averaging 6.4 yards per rush for a total of 488 scrimmage yards. In Week five he helped move the chains with 63 rushing yards and two catches for 17 yards. He was frustrated at the end of the game after the failed drive in the Redzone and for a solid reason. Passing on third and fourth down with only two yards to go is risky. Top wideout Allen Lazard continues to dominate the Redzone as the number one target for Rodgers. Lazard now has three touchdowns on the year and he’s third on the team in receiving yards.
Aaron Rodgers and his poor judgment that’s led to interceptions have been the main reason why he hasn’t been in consideration until now. Although the team fell apart in the second half, he still didn’t commit a turnover in the game. For the fourth week in a row, he has thrown two touchdown passes per game and at least 220 yards through the air. When talking about ageless receivers, tight end Marcedes Lewis has been a key player as a blocker for the Packers and is rarely used as a receiver. In Week five, Lewis caught his first reception of the year and it was for a two-yard touchdown.
Packers Offense: What To Look For In Week Six
The key objective in the Week six matchup at home against the New York Jets, yes, another New York team, is to start and finish the game. The Packers have only been able to play one half of the game efficiently and the other half, whether it’s the first or second, has been troublesome. Short slants and the running game has been proven to work this year so that should be the game plan to start before opening up the rest of the offense to trick plays, jet sweeps, flea flickers, and whatever else head coach Matt LaFleur can draw up.
The offense will need to go back to the basics and build upon them throughout the game which will include adjustments by the coaching staff. Sunday, October 16th, will be the Packers’ first game of the season in the 12 pm slot. Green Bay started out with just primetime games to start the season as well as the London game last week. The Packers opened up as seven-point favorites against the Jets and it has not moved yet. The over-under is set at 46 points.
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