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Cheese Curds, 10/13: McCarthy defends his offense, Rodgers' completions at an all-time low

Why is the Green Bay offense seemingly so inconsistent, and why is the head coach suddenly so defensive about it?

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The Green Bay Packers are in a funny position right now. The team is 3-1, thanks in large part to a resurgent defense. However, the team's vaunted offense has crossed the 30-point threshold just once in those four games, and they have been over 400 total yards once as well.

Meanwhile, quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears to have multiple personalities. He has made some incredible throws, and yet his completion percentage is at a ridiculously low 56.1%. His yards per attempt on the season (6.3) is even lower than it was last year (6.7). But yet he is also posting the fourth-best touchdown percentage of his career. It is puzzling, to be sure, and there is still plenty of time for him and the team to pop out of their inconsistencies.

This week, they may have to do that without the services of one of their running backs. However, it probably will not be the name that you thought it would be when last Sunday's game ended with Eddie Lacy on the trainer's table. Check out all this and more in today's Curds.

Packers not fretting over offense |
Here's a direct quote from Mike McCarthy on Wednesday: "We had 400 yards of offense, so I don't know why the hell I've got to come in here and answer questions about the things you think that went wrong." Somebody is getting a little touchy about that subject...

Green Bay Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers off-target this season - ESPN
Rodgers has never led the NFL in completion percentage over a full season, but he finished second once (2011) and was in the top ten every year from 2008 to 2014 and is the seventh-best in NFL history that stat for his career. However, this season he ranks dead last among all starting QBs (though drops by his receivers have played a significant part).

Ranking all 32 NFL QBs entering Week 6 | PFF
Along those lines, PFF has graded Rodgers' throws positively more often than any other QB, but he also has the fifth-highest "turnover-worthy" percentage in the NFL this year.

Packers RB reversal: Eddie Lacy more likely to play than James Starks - ESPN
The Packers' running back situation is a major question mark this week, with Starks being a surprise DNP on Wednesday. Should the Packers have kicked the tires on Justin Forsett or signed C.J. Spiller after all?

Dak Prescott has handled it all so far |
Even when Dez Bryant was healthy, Prescott was spreading the ball around; so it should come as little surprise that his game has not suffered while Bryant has been unavailable. The Packers will likely have to focus on the middle of the defense this week.

Ezekiel Elliott tops the list of surprising NFL running back statistics through Week 5 -

  1. The biggest surprise in my eyes is Tevin Coleman for Atlanta; the former Hoosier has a whopping 18.4 yards per reception and is actually on pace for a 1,000-yard season through the air.