The Green Bay Packers underwent quite the transformation on offense last Thursday, and with the roster as it is currently constructed, they will likely maintain their new identity for the foreseeable future. Neither Knile Davis nor Don Jackson appear to be a reliable running back at this point, so expect to see a lot of Ty Montgomery lining up in the backfield on Sunday and beyond, as he did against the Bears last week.
As the Packers shift their focus from the run game to short passes, one unit that will be put under more pressure is the offensive line. It's not just maintaining their blocks that will be critical, however; it's doing so without putting the offense in dire straits as a result of those blocks.
In today's Cheese Curds, we examine a critical focal point for the line, as well as some of the changes that are coming about with regard to how the Packers' offense and specific players are viewed around the league.
Packers' offense must hold the line | Packersnews.com
There's a joke about Toto in here somewhere, but I can't quite find it. In any case, if the Packers choose to keep up their short-passing scheme, that will put a ton of pressure on the offensive line to avoid bogging down drives with holding penalties.
Third-quarter march put Packers ahead for good | Packers.com
Green Bay's 85-yard drive offered an instant response to the sack-fumble that gave the Bears the lead at the start of the second half. After Davante Adams' touchdown catch, the Packers never trailed again. One thing that didn't happen on that drive? Penalties on the Packers.
Ten-week marathon: No more breaks for Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Every other team in the NFL that has already had a bye week will play a Thursday night game sometime later on in the season. The Packers are the only team to have six or seven days between games from now until the end of the season.
Martinez capitalizes on second chance at first NFL pick | Packers.com
Blake Martinez should have had an interception late in the fourth quarter against the Bears, as a football hit him in the hands before falling incomplete. He didn't drop his second opportunity though, but he did explain why he started celebrating immediately - he thought he was touched down rather than forgetting about that rule.
Attention fantasy owners: Packers' Ty Montgomery now a running back - ESPN
If Montgomery is somehow available in your league, claim him NOW. That positional flexibility should make him an attractive option, and his penchant for catching the football makes him even more appealing in PPR leagues.
Jay Cutler miraculously cleared to play right after Brian Hoyer breaks his arm - SBNation.com
Funny how that works, isn't it?
Arian Foster announces his retirement from the NFL - SBNation.com
The former Texans running back is calling it quits - his 30-year-old body has taken a ton of hits, and it's clear that Jay Ajayi is the man now in Miami.