The Packers are coming off of a 22-9 victory at home against the Detroit Lions to even their record at 2-2. The Lions game began a stretch of play for the Packers in which I deemed they could win every game they play for the next several months. That will be much harder to accomplish now with the absence of all-world linebacker Clay Matthews who will miss the next month due to a broken thumb which leads me to my first point.
How will the defense play in the absence of Clay Matthews? In case you missed it, linebacker Clay Matthews broke his thumb on Sunday against the Lions. He had successful surgery early this week and will miss the next month as he recovers. This may not really be as doom and gloom as you may think. The Packers next three games are against
Baltimore, Cleveland, and Minnesota, three teams that really don’t
scare me at this point in time. Yes Cleveland
has been playing well, but the main reason as to why they have been playing
well, the play of quarterback Brian Hoyer, is all for not now as the Hoyer is
out for the season with a torn ACL. Yes the Baltimore Ravens are the defending
Super Bowl champions, but if you remember, they took apart their roster this
offseason, and don’t look anything like the defending champions. I think the
defense will be okay without Matthews for the next few games. But, other plays
such as Nick Perry and Mike Neal need to step up.
Will Aaron Rodgers and the offense get it going again or was I right this offseason? This past offseason, I declared that the Packers days as the best offense in NFL history were behind them. Through the first two games of the season it looked as if I was wrong, but the last two games may change that, and it is the last two games that may be the true story of the current state of the Packers offense which would be just fine, but not what they were.
Can the running game keep it up? The one area of this offense that has seen vast improvement this season is the running game. The Packers have run the ball really well the last few weeks, and will be looking to continue that this Sunday against
I do believe McCarthy needs to learn to trust this running game and actually
use it on third and short instead of going downfield every time. I also think
it is sort of funny that the Packers paid Rodgers 900 zillion dollars this
offseason and decide that now is the time to run the ball. Baltimore