Packers' Aaron Rodgers reacts during the first half an NFL
football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015,
in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — Only with the Green Bay
Packers could there be consternation about an offense for a team off
to a 5-0 start and averaging 27 points a game.
But expectations are high when Aaron
Rodgers is the quarterback and the scheme belongs to offense-minded
coach Mike McCarthy.
Following two sluggish weeks — at
least by the Packers' standards — Green Bay is determined to improve
when the San Diego Chargers come to Titletown this weekend.
"Monday was a little rough in that
room," McCarthy said, referring to meetings this week with
Rodgers and the offense. "It was healthy, though."
Green Bay has hit a speed bump in
scoring four offensive touchdowns and two field goals over the last
two weeks. The running game struggled in the 24-10 win over the St.
Louis Rams, who stacked the box and covered receivers on short routes.
This is an area where top wideout Jordy
Nelson might be missed the most after being lost for the year in the
preseason with a torn right ACL. The Packers don't have an option to
replace the deep threat presented by Nelson, though Rodgers has said
Davante Adams might be able to fill the role when he returns from a
left ankle injury.
"I think it's going to take being
more efficient in the passing game and challenging some people down
the field a little bit more," Rodgers said Wednesday.
It's the opposite of the 2011 season,
Rodgers noted, when the Packers averaged 35 points a game with a
diverse passing attack.
Last week, the Rams focused on stopping
what was then a third-ranked running game. Safeties came up more in
run support, and receivers were left in man coverage.
The normally mistake-free Rodgers threw
two interceptions, one on a tipped pass and another when a defensive
back jumped a short route.
"I think it's going to take us
making some plays outside the numbers to soften things up a little bit
for us," he said.
Make no mistake, though, Rodgers is
satisfied with the unbeaten start.
"I think he's a lot like some of
the guys on offense. You're happy you win. It's important to make sure
we all understand that," McCarthy said. "He's looking
forward to adjusting and being creative, as we like to think we are on
offense, and get ready for" the Chargers.
The Packers' script for success has
been flipped a bit the last two weeks, with a staunch defense setting
The pass rush is nearly unstoppable
with an NFC-high 20 sacks. Against the Rams, the secondary got in on
the fun by picking off quarterback Nick Foles four times.
"It's really fun," tight end
Richard Rodgers said. "The fans like seeing offense, scoring and
everything. I think as football players, you really like to see the
It has given the offense a cushion to
get jumpstarted. Getting healthy across the offense would help, too.
Adams returned to practice Wednesday on
a limited basis after missing two games. Fellow receiver Randall Cobb
was a full participant for the first time in two weeks as he plays
through a nagging shoulder injury.
Guard T.J. Lang expects to play Sunday
with a brace on his right knee after being forced to leave the Rams
game in the second quarter.
In the film room, coaches are harping
on cleaning up small mistakes and focusing on fundamentals.
"We are 5-0, that's obviously a
positive and we're looking for positives. We've just got to work on
the little things," Richard Rodgers said.
NOTES: S Morgan Burnett (calf) was
limited in practice after missing the last three weeks. ... DT B.J.
Raji (groin) and LB Nick Perry (shoulder/hand) missed practice.
McCarthy sounded the least optimistic about Perry's chances to play