As the Tennessee Titans await on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers need to learn from the tape they put up against another AFC South opponent, the Indianapolis Colts. The team put up some less-than-stellar numbers in the first three quarters on offense, and the defense chose to try to apply pressure on Andrew Luck instead of sitting back with seven men in coverage.
On offense, Jordy Nelson caught just 7 of 13 targets on the day, a rate which tracks his overall catch rate this season very closely. It has been a disappointing first half for Nelson, who has not bounced back from his torn ACL as quickly as hoped.
Then there's that pesky "energy" storyline, which has been a hot topic around the team this week and which popped up again after Wednesday's practice. All those topics and more are here in today's Cheese Curds.
Rodgers, Nelson in search of former magic | Packersnews.com
Nelson's catch rate has dropped off significantly - it's at about 52% after never dipping below 61% in any other season for his career. Meanwhile, both Randall Cobb and Davante Adams are catching at least 2/3 of their targets.
Aaron Rodgers will 'make sure our guys are ready to play' - ESPN
As the Packers' coach backs off previous criticism of his team's energy, Aaron Rodgers takes the lead to get his teammates "fired up to be out there."
What You Might've Missed: Mixed results for six-man rush | Packers.com
The Packers brought six or more rushers on several occasions last Sunday, with inconsistent results. Jake Ryan forced one incompletion by easily beating his blocker, while the other was due to a nicely-schemed and timed package.
2016 Midseason All-Pro Team | NFL | PFF
Fullback Aaron Ripkowski gets second-team honors from PFF, but he is the only Packer to appear anywhere on this list.
The Vikings offense has cratered and it's everyone's fault - SBNation.com
Third downs have been a frequent occurrence for the Vikings of late, and they have struggled mightily in their three losses - converting just 17 of 46 opportunities (a rate of just 37%).