The Green Bay Packers look like one of the most complete teams in the NFL after the first quarter of the season. They have a solid defense which is playing well against both the run and the pass, and they have a productive offense that has them sixth in the NFL in points per game.
All told, this is a team that looks every bit the part of its 4-0 record.
However, there has been one thing missing from the Packers' arsenal, something which has been a huge part of the offense over the past few years. Perhaps that factor will develop in time, but so far the Packers' best chance for an explosive play has come when Aaron Rodgers draws an opposing player offsides.
Read on to see just what we're talking about in today's curds, which also feature some news about Packers' receivers and a defensive lineman in line for a big payday.
Green Bay Packers' rush defense fueling their increased pass rush - ESPN
It's been a running joke here at APC that Dom Capers doesn't care about defending the run. However, his comments from this week acknowledge that good run defense will force the offense into "more predictable situations" and thus helps out the pass rush.
Ty Montgomery a '4-down football player' | Packersnews.com
It's obvious that the Packers like the rookie's fit on offense in addition to special teams - he played all but one offensive snap on Sunday afternoon.
Packers lacking deep threat on offense | JSOnline.com
And that's about the only thing that they don't have right now. The first pass of the game, however, a dropped pass by Ty Montgomery, probably should have been an explosive play.
Bryan Bulaga could return to Green Bay Packers sooner than expected - ESPN
There is a possibility that Bulaga might return to the practice field this week, with a possible return in the next few weeks. Still, the best plan might be to get him ready for the game in week 8 against the Broncos' beastly pass rush.
Green Bay's Mike Daniels is thriving in his contract year | Sports on Earth
There's no question that Daniels is earning a bigger payday with every impressive performance, and aside from Clay Matthews, he is arguably the most critical player on the defense.
WR Jared Abbrederis gets three-year deal from Packers | 247sports.com
This move locks up the former Badger until he would be eligible to hit unrestricted free agency in 2018.
Referees screw up crucial call at end of Lions-Seahawks - SBNation.com
Oof. We feel for Lions fans today...after all, we know what it's like to be on the losing end of a referee's screw-up in Seattle. Now if we can please avoid calling this situation "Batgate," I'll be really, really happy.