As the Green Bay Packers prepare for a big divisional clash against the Minnesota Vikings, they have questions on both side of the ball that need answering.
First up is the tired old refrain on offense - how can the receivers start getting open better? With opposing secondaries lining up in a lot of press-man coverage and often dropping a safety into the box, the players need to start taking advantage of one on one opportunities.
On defense, the pass rush has been stymied by extra blockers and quick passing plays over the past few weeks, which has led to the team recording no sacks of opposing quarterbacks in the three-game losing streak.
How will the coaching staff adjust to these issues? We'll just have to watch on Sunday and find out.
Infographic : Packers vs. Vikings game preview | Packers.com
Believe it or not, the Packers are the only team in the NFL to have three players with five or more touchdowns apiece. That's just one of the stats shown in this week's graphic.
Ankle continues to bother rookie receiver Ty Montgomery | JSOnline.com
This is the first time I can recall Montgomery's injury being clearly described as the dreaded "high ankle sprain." And though he was working fully on Wednesday, he had to drop out of Thursday's practice as it flared up again.
James Jones looks to rescue Packers' offense, again - ESPN
It starts with getting some separation, which will lead to passes being thrown his way. Jones wasn't even targeted against the Lions and he has just three receptions total in the last three games.
Packers passing game gets used to new looks from defense | 247sports.com
While Jones' dropoff is frustrating, it's a symptom of a bigger issue, which is how opponents are lining up against the Packers' receivers. Not only are defenses not using two deep safeties, but they're using a lot more press-man coverage on the boundary with one-on-one coverage on the receivers. That may be part of the reason why the wideouts have had so much trouble getting open.
Clay Matthews Fitting Perfectly in Leadership Role for Struggling Packers | Bleacher Report
B/R's Michelle Bruton spoke to Matthews this week to break down the differences between his old and new roles. He also addresses how opponents are beating the Packers' pass rush - primarily by using max-protection and quick timing routes.
The Bears have something most NFL teams don't: A game plan that makes sense - SBNation.com
It pains me to read this, but the Bears do appear to have the most effective and balanced offense in the NFC North, and after starting 0-3, they're suddenly on a hot streak.