Green Bay Packers Pros and Cons for Offense and Defense

By PFC Packers Writer Jonathon Zenk

Green Bay Packers Pros and Cons for Offense and Defense
 
Offense:
 
Pros:

During the pre-season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has shown that he has the ability to be a very solid player in the NFL, as he went 37 for 54 for 436 yards and three touchdowns and an interception, but the interception was dropped by the receiver and went right into the hands of the defender. As a matter of fact, there were many drops in the pre-season by Packers receivers, and if they didn’t drop them, Rodgers’ numbers would look much better. The Packers have perhaps the best receiving core in the league, with Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, rookie Jordy Nelson, and Ruvell Martin, with Donald Lee as the weapon at tight end.
 
Cons:
Also during the pre-season, the Packers offensive line was really poor, especially in pass protection, as Packers quarterbacks were sacked a total of 16 times. Their running game was much better, albeit without starting running back Ryan Grant for the whole pre-season. I think that the Packers offensive line will get their act together, though, in time for the regular season. They excelled in pass protection last year, and I expect much of the same this year. Also, how will Ryan Grant do knowing that he won’t sneak up on any defenses this year? Questions will be answered sooner rather than later for the Packers offense.
 
Defense:
 
Pros:
The Packers starters looked very good for the most part in the pre-season, even though most of starters didn’t play much, if at all. Their second stringers also played well for the most part, especially in the preseason finale against Tennessee in which they were playing against the Titan starting offense and they held their own. All three middle linebacks (Nick Barnett, Abdul Hodge, Desmond Bishop) played exceptional. I don’t know how they are going to cut either Hodge or Bishop. I would keep them both if I were the Packers.
 
Cons:
The Packers run defense struggled immensely throughout the preseason. That is partly due to the injuries to defensive tackle Ryan Pickett and linebacker A.J. Hawk, but that it is an area that will need improvement as we move forward into the regular season, especially because they open with Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. Safety Nick Collins struggled in the preseason and that may have cost him a starting spot. I would not be surprised come September 8 if you see Atari Bigby and Aaron Rouse as the starting safeties.

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