“I feel like we can run the table, I really do,” Rodgers said, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “The offense is starting to click a little bit more; we’ve just got to put together a game where we’re more consistent from the first snap to the last. We’ve been, I think, getting closer to that. We’ve really been clicking, at times, in the last few games.
“But it’s going to be important that we get going early. We had three three-and-outs to start the (Redskins) game, but overall on the season, we’ve done a better job of limiting our three-and-outs; we’ve been sustaining drives pretty well.”
Going back to a magical 2012 season with the Bills, Spiller’s explosive playmaking ability jumped off the game tape as much as any back in the NFL. His rare speed and lateral agility led to an eye-popping 6.0 yards per carry that season.
Slowed by injuries, though, Spiller hasn’t been the same since, averaging 4.25 yards on 316 carries over the past three seasons.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in April that the draft likely will leave Chicago in 2017. The event had been held in New York City for 50 consecutive years (1965-2014) before it moved to Chicago in 2015.
He insisted in public that this team was not like last year’s, the one that started 6-1 and then collapsed to finish 8-8, but he was looking for something beyond what showed up in the statistics, the better speed on defense, or Vic Beasley’s mounting sack total.
Those were promising signs for the future, but they hadn’t averted the disasters of the prior two weeks, the losses to Seattle and San Diego in closely contested games that Atlanta had led late. There had been late interceptions in each of them, but those could be explained away by a quarterback pressing to make a play to save his team — his sometimes undisciplined team that got mind-numbing penalties at the worst moments, that could not stop an opposing offense.
It’s really difficult to know where to start when assessing all that is going wrong with Green Bay. It’s startling to think the Packers have now lost two straight home games to Detroit and Chicago. It’s just as mystifying to see how poorly Green Bay has played when facing more dominant teams in the NFL. Denver beat them 29-10, while a 37-29 final score in the loss to Carolina was deceiving when considering the Packers trailed by 23 in that contest.
The more the Packers play in the second half of this season, the more obvious it becomes that their once-vaunted offense might not have the juice to break them out of this slump. Green Bay currently ranks 23rd in the NFL in total passing yards. Rodgers continues to produce some solid numbers, but his completion percentage (60.5) is the lowest it’s been since he became a starter in 2008. Then there are the receivers. The Packers have more drops (23) than any other NFL team since Week 3, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Packers weren’t pushed so much by the Vikings as they were by circumstance. Green Bay was vulnerable because it had let itself slip. However, instead of going out of character, perhaps by doing something like taking play-calling duties back from assistant head coach Tom Clements, McCarthy got back to the basics.
He put his team in full pads last Wednesday at practice and got after it, old school. They worked on their inside run game: blocking schemes, technical points of where to hit mesh points and holes, things like that. One goal was to see if Lacy, demoted to the second team, would step up and regain what he’d lost.