COMMENTARY | Fans are worried about the Green Bay Packers right now, particularly on offense.
However, despite the injuries, this offense is going to be just fine.
As a team, the Packers rank second in the NFL in total offense, averaging 450.2 yards per game. The Denver Broncos are in first with 476 yards of offense per game. Even with all of the injuries, they still rank fourth in passing offense with 309.4 passing yards per game.
Aside from the receiving corps, there are still a number of weapons on offense. The most important is, of course, Aaron Rodgers.
Despite all of the struggles through the first five games, Rodgers is still putting up solid numbers. He's completing 64.1 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,646 yards, 10 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Football Outsiders has Rodgers with a DVOA of 22.5 percent, the seventh-best in the league.
Without Jones or Cobb, we should see more of Jermichael Finley, who has played well when on the field. He's had 20 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns this season, looking more explosive than in previous seasons. Last week against the Ravens, Finley had three receptions for 75 yards, with all of those catches coming in the second half after Cobb and Jones left with injuries.
Nelson has been fantastic as always, but the player that really concerned some was Boykin last week. He clearly didn't look to be on the same page as Rodgers, not running the cleanest routes and missing some big opportunities. He was targeted six times in Week 6, but caught just one pass.
The good news for Boykin is that on his one catch, he showed some great explosiveness, blowing past defenders for a 43-yard gain. He will also have all week to work on getting the timing down with Rodgers, something we know is possible after seeing Kenbrell Thompkins and Tom Brady turn it around after a few short weeks with the New England Patriots.
As much as we talk about how great Rodgers and the passing game is for Green Bay, the thing that has made this team different in 2013 has been the emergence of a ground game. They have the fifth-best rushing offense, putting up just over 140 yards per game on the ground.
When healthy, Eddie Lacy has been huge on offense. Over the past two games, he's run for 219 yards, averaging 4.76 yards per carry. He's only a rookie, but he's becoming a valuable part of the offense.
Another rookie who shined earlier in the season was Johnathan Franklin. In their game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Franklin was huge, running for 103 yards and a touchdown and putting up 7.9 yards per carry.
However, Franklin has also had issues with fumbles, hurting his chances at getting back on the field. He's already had two on just 17 rushing attempts and four receptions, making some Packers fans nervous. However, without Cobb, their explosive playmaker, they're going to need to find someone else with big-play potential.
The Browns are starting to look like their old selves with Brian Hoyer out and Brandon Weeden back in at quarterback, and that will likely mean another win for Green Bay. With other games against the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants in the near future, this offense should be just fine and will get back on track against some of these weaker defenses.
Tyler Brooke is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the Packers along with the Colts and the NFL as a whole. His work has been featured on ESPN.com, CNN.com and a number of other sites.
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- Green Bay Packers
- Randall Cobb
- Aaron Rodgers
- Jarrett Boykin