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Packers VS Chargers Recap and Packers Bye Week Thoughts

LambeauFieldIt would seem on the surface that there was justified reason for concern among Green Bay Packers fans following their teams 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Lambeau field. Chargers Quarterback Phillip Rivers went up and down the field in a way typically reserved for Packer’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the tune of 43 of 65 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns. Despite what the numbers say, there are several things that should be remembered when evaluating the Packers performance on Sunday.

First, the Packers made the Chargers a one dimensional offense. Some of the reason that Rivers went to the air 65 times was due in large part to the fact that the Chargers only ran the ball 21 times for 60 yards. That is under a three yard per carry average. This is a respectable total. The Chargers were playing with a make-shift offensive line and they likely felt their best chance at winning the game on the road was to give Rivers control of offense and let him get the ball to play makers on the outside.

PhilipRivers1The Packers offense is also somewhat to blame for allowing Rivers the opportunity to put up the passing totals he was allowed to on Sunday afternoon. The San Diego offense was on the field for 89 plays for 548 yards that covered 38 minutes of time on the game clock. Compare that to the Packers offense that was only on the field for 49 plays for 370 yards and only 22 minutes on the game clock. So the inability of the Packers offense to sustain drives forced the defense to be on the field for long periods of time.

Against that statistical background, the good aspects of the defenses performances are easier to understand. Despite giving up a total of 548 yards for the day the defense only allowed 20 points. That yardage to point ratio shows that the defense was good when it had to be and that was in defending their own red zone in order to limit the Chargers point total. Another example of the Packers defense being good enough when it had to be was on the last drive of the game. San Diego ran their 86th, 87th, 88th, and 89th play of the game from the Green Bay three yard line with the game on the line. The results of those four plays were a run for a gain of a yard, run for a loss of a yard, and two incomplete passes.

Make no mistake this was not an overly pretty victory for the Packers. Rare is the time in an NFL game when a team has 40 more plays, gains 178 more offensive yards, is on the field for 16 minutes longer, and has less turnover then the opponent that the team in opposition to all that comes out on top but that is the case for the Packers. They found a way to get the job done and come out on top despite troubling statistics underneath the win. That fact should not be forgotten as the Packers enter into their bye week this week.GreenbayWinter

The biggest priority for the Packers on said bye week is to get healthy because while the Packers enter the bye without a loss they are far from healthy. By the end of the game Sunday, the Packers had three of their top five receivers from the end of training camp out with injuries, their starting safety and nose tackle out with injuries, and several other people on the roster were described as beat up. So getting these people healthy and healed will be the biggest objective of the bye week.

Once the bye week is over the Packers will need to be as healthy as possible because they will be facing back to back road games against currently undefeated teams as the first two opponents out of the bye.

One Comment

  1. Zach Brunner

    October 24, 2015 at 4:09 am

    What are your thoughts on the backfield so far this season? I know I definitely have some strong feelings towards one of the guys right now (Lacy).

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