Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates a
touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against
the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — No
matter the weather, the Green Bay Packers like playing up-tempo.
An early season cold
spell should make it chillier than normal on Sunday when the
Philadelphia Eagles visit Lambeau Field.
The temperature isn't
going to deter the Packers from continuing to push the pace in a
matchup against a team that also likes to go up-tempo on offense.
"I mean, we want
to run more" plays, receiver Jordy Nelson said Wednesday.
"We're used it (or) I'd be all bundled up and too stiff to move.
... If it's just cold, it's the same plan."
A plan working to
near-perfection of late. Most teams like to say they are at their best
when dictating tempo — but most teams don't have a quarterback such
as Aaron Rodgers to operate the offense.
"You can't give
him the ball enough. He's unique in that he can play extremely fast
and still do multiple things at the line of scrimmage, so I think he's
a great fit for it," coach Mike McCarthy said.
Rodgers has 25
touchdown passes to just three interceptions following a six-touchdown
outburst in the first half of Green Bay's 55-14 rout last week of the
Rodgers' ability to
diagnose defenses on the fly comes from a combination of preparation,
practice, film study and "just being able to react," Rodgers
He doesn't want to
overthink things either.
Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) runs to the end zone
for a touchdown after catching a pass from quarterback Aaron
Rodgers during the first half of an NFL football game against
the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis
"You have to
have a clear head out there and be able to recall things quickly, but
be able to trust your instincts and react very quickly to play the
position as quickly as you want to," Rodgers said.
The goal earlier this
season was to target about 70-75 plays a game. The efficient Packers
haven't always reached that mark, in part because they have been so
good at striking quickly, too.
Green Bay has scored
on its opening possession in four straight games. Quick scores can
affect how an opponent's offense attacks the Packers with having to
play from behind.
If Green Bay's
defense does its job, and the Packers keep scoring, it tends to make
an opponent abandon the run to concentrate on passing to catch up.
"The thing we've
done an extremely good job of probably the last five or six weeks is
point production. We had 42 points at halftime on 30 plays or
something like that" against the Bears, McCarthy said.
"We've had a few of those this year, so we're extremely
productive with our opportunities."
opportunities have gone more to running back Eddie Lacy in the passing
game. Last week, he turned a screen pass into a 56-yard touchdown
reception. Two games ago against New Orleans, Lacy had a 67-yard
The tempo suits Lacy
just fine even if he might be getting more catches instead of carries.
"It makes the
defense have to play faster. Sometimes they don't get set up in time
and they'll miss a receiver going downfield or a defensive lineman
will play a gap wrong and it's all because of tempo," Lacy said.
guards Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle) did not practice
Wednesday. They missed practice at midweek last week, but were active
against the Bears and played well. ... TE Brandon Bostick (hip) also
missed practice. He caught his first touchdown of the season against