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Packers First Quarter Season Recap

My schedule has been quite busy with my job as well as working on my sports blog/website that of my own that I run daily. So therefore I have not been able to submit anything over the last month or so. So since the Packers have reached the quarter pole on there season here are my early observations on the Green and Gold:

Running Game Has Not Found Much Production Yet: Despite drafting three running backs in the back half of the draft in spring, Ty Montgomery has gotten the vast majority of the running back opportunities prior to sustaining a rib injury in week four against the Bears. But Montgomery and the running game as whole has found little place to go so far. The run game as a whole is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry while breaking off a long run of 13. The Packers are averaging 74.5 yards on the ground through four games. Montgomery as the lead back is averaging 3.3 yards per carry with a long of 11. Montgomery is averaging 38 yards per game.While not a huge issue for the time being the Packers will likely need a greater run game contribution as the weather turns over the next few months.

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Coverage Problems Persist: Much like last year, the secondary continues to have issues in maintaining coverage and tackling. Julio Jones and AJ Green have both gone over the 100 yard mark on the Packers in the seasons first four weeks. Pass defense remains a concern going forward.

Injuries Once Again Are Adding Up: The Packers played two games in the span of four days. Luckily the flip side of that is the Packers get what amounts to a mini-bye week following the Thursday victory over the Bears. The Packers basically started an offensive line consisting of four guard by position and a center. The Packers have had so many injuries at the tackles position of the offensive line that they have had to turn guards into tackles on the line.

Jordy Nelson Answers In The Clutch And On Free Plays: Behind every great quarterback is a great receiver. In the case of the Packers there are several great receivers. Nelson is not going to create the drama of other standout receivers in league like say Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown who have been in the news as much for their antics as they have been for their performance this season. No, Nelson is a different type. Nelson leads the league in TD catches (5) through four weeks. He has been the central receiver in the Packers come back drive on the Bengals in week three including having the tying touchdown with under 20 seconds left in regulation. Nelson knows where he needs to be and when he needs to be there and he is there most of the time. Nelson also has a solid connection with Rodgers in free play situations via either defensive offside or 12 men on the field.

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Bottom Line: While it is to early in the season to compare your place in the standings to other teams, the Packers are 3-1 in the first quarter of the season. They have won all three home games including an important season opener over the Seahawks. They are in good position in the division and the NFC. Hopefully they have gotten some people closer to full health during their 10 days between games as the Packers will be tested by back to back road games against the Cowboys and Vikings respectively. Thanks for reading and Go Pack Go!!

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