Quick, name off the two drives this season for the Green Bay Packers that have started outside their own 25-yard line. Can you do it?
There are just two - the team's first drive of the season that followed a Joe Thomas interception and their third series against Minnesota, which began at midfield after Ty Montgomery's punt block. What do those two drives have in common? They both ended in touchdowns.
Furthermore, the Packers have even been pretty successful when they do take over at the 25 following a touchback. However, they have started inside their own 20 on ten occasions and inside their own 10 six times. That's out of a total of 22 drives, and represents a pitiful ratio. This is yet another contributor to the team's poor offensive performance through two games.
The other item is Aaron Rodgers' throwing mechanics, which have been discussed heavily here at APC in the last 36 hours. Now we are seeing beat writers call them into question as well, so it's a good bet that this will be a focus for Rodgers and Mike McCarthy in practice this week.
Take a look at those items and much more in today's curds below.
Controlling clock, field position key to Packers' offensive turnaround | Packers.com
Even when the Packers do start at the 25, they're reasonably effective, scoring on five of eight opportunities. But when starting closer to their own end zone, they don't have a single point.
Clay Matthews couldn't finish Sunday's game but Packers' concern minimal - ESPN
The Packers have not released any details about what injury pulled Matthews out of the final defensive series, but it does not appear to be related to the left ankle that he had retaped early in the game or his previous thumb injuries.
Rating the Packers vs. the Vikings | Packersnews.com
Here's Bob McGinn on Rodgers' interception: "With the outcome on the line, Rodgers made an almost all-arm throw on the sideline that floated because he had no base ... Sometimes Rodgers almost skips into his passes, almost as if the mechanics of the position aren’t all that important at this point."
10 Worst Individual Performances of Week 2 | PFF
No surprise here: Damarious Randall earned the lowest grade of any player this week while Aaron Rodgers wasn't far behind. The Vikings did get an appearance though, as left tackle Matt Kalil showed up on the list.
Zimmer announces Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus - NFL.com
It's unlikely that Peterson will play in week 3, but Mike Zimmer seems to think it's possible.
Jay Cutler injures right thumb in Bears' loss to Eagles - NFL.com
Cutler talked to his quarterbacks coach about being unable to grip the football and left the game with the injury after the third quarter. He also apparently had surgery on that digit when he was young.