this Sept. 21, 2014, file photo, Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches the game on the bench
during the first half of an NFL football game against the
Detroit Lions in Detroit. Rodgers is urging panicked fans to
be calm. The Packers hope they can punch up their offense
ahead of a divisional game against the Chicago Bears.
GREEN BAY —
Jordy Nelson hears the concerns among the Packers' fan base about
Green Bay's sputtering offense.
The receiver gets
He's not happy
about the output, either, just like the rest of the team.
But there is no
panic in Green Bay.
think anyone's happy with how we performed," Nelson said.
"But yeah, we've got to stay calm, and we'll stay the course
and keep working at it and get better and hopefully go out and
play better on Sunday."
There is plenty
of room for improvement after the performance last week in a 19-7
loss to Detroit.
Green Bay's 223
yards of total offense were the team's lowest total since a
184-yard outing on Nov. 9, 2008, in a 28-27 loss to Minnesota.
The 51 offensive
plays against the Lions were well below the goal of 75 that coach
Mike McCarthy likes to run in his up-tempo, no-huddle scheme.
thing right now is production. Our offense really isn't where we
would like it to be," McCarthy said.
The Packers have
faced three tough defenses to start the season in the Seahawks,
Jets and Lions.
offensive woes are a bit surprising considering how well the team
felt about the offense coming out of the preseason.
Lions defensive end Devin Taylor, top, stops Green Bay
Packers running back Eddie Lacy, center, during the first
half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 21,
Now, there are a
few pressing issues to address.
For instance, at
—Nelson is the
biggest downfield threat for now. Randall Cobb had three short
touchdown receptions the first two weeks, but otherwise hasn't had
more than 58 yards receiving in each of his first three games.
—Green Bay has
had limited success with its third receivers, Jarrett Boykin or
rookie Davante Adams.
of play to play," Adams said when asked about issues with the
offense. "Somebody might drop the ball, somebody might miss a
block, something like that. But ultimately everything goes hand in
hand, so you've got to pull all the pieces together to create good
drives and good plays."
completed 62.7 percent of passes through three games. For whatever
reason, he noted, the Packers don't usually get off to fast
On his weekly
radio appearance Tuesday on ESPN radio in Milwaukee, Rodgers urged
letters here, just for everybody out there in Packer land:
R-E-L-A-X. Relax. We're going to be OK," he said.
He sounded a
similar tone on Wednesday.
high expectations here for us every year. But we've underachieved
on offense, so you understand it," Rodgers said Wednesday.
"But I think it's just a reminder that it's a long season and
all of our goals are in front of us and within reach."
About the fourth,
fifth or sixth game is when the Packers usually find their stride,
he estimated. The Bears game will be the fourth for Green Bay.
rely on that every year because that just makes it tough,"
Rodgers added. "But for whatever reason, that's kind of been
the way our season has gone."
York Jets' Dawan Landry (26) stops Green Bay Packers' Jordy
Nelson after a catch during the second half of an NFL
football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay hasn't
been able to get its running game on track. It wasn't working well
even when the Lions played back with two safeties and left fewer
defenders closer to the line of scrimmage.
Eddie Lacy said Wednesday he was working on keeping his pads low.
Theoretically, that would make Lacy a more compact target who
would be tougher to tackle.
Offensive Rookie of the Year, Lacy, is averaging just 3.1 yards on
his 36 carries. Without a running game, play action becomes less
of a viable option.
better throughout the course of the season, but nobody really
expected ... we'd run the ball the way we have the past few
times," Lacy said. "Everybody expected more."
Notes: LB Clay
Matthews (groin) practiced on a limited basis after getting hurt
against Detroit. LB Brad Jones (quad) returned to practice on a
limited basis after sitting out last week. ... CB Davon House, WR
Jarrett Boykin and RT Bryan Bulaga, who each have knee injuries,
were full participants.