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Wednesday Cheese Curds: Despite great finish, Aaron Rodgers and the offense still have work to do

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The offense turned it on late once again, but a 40-minute log stretch of poor play nearly doomed the Packers

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After yet another comeback by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, tons of praise are being thrown the quarterback’s way and rightfully so.

However once the euphoria of Monday night’s victory wears off and you take a look at some tape, there are still some worrying trends on offense for Green Bay.

After a fast start to the game, the Packers once again had an extended sequence of poor offensive play and it nearly cost them the win. Up until the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, Green Bay’s offense went stale. They were unable to move the ball with any consistency and couldn’t get a touchdown in one trip to the red zone.

Once their back was against the wall late in the fourth quarter, the tempo picked up and so did the performance.

The lesson here: the offense needs to play quicker and Rodgers needs to get the ball out of his hand quicker. He has to kick the habit of holding the ball looking for the big play. Time and time again the Green Bay offense has shown it operates at peak efficiency when they throw quick strikes. Yet they keep going back to extended plays.

Is that on Rodgers or head coach Mike McCarthy? Probably both. Rodgers does hold the ball too long yet McCarthy needs to shorten the field for his quarterback by ditching the long iso routes that have so often hindered the Green Bay attack.

The Packers now have two weeks to think things over with the bye, and they’ll need all the firepower they can get to keep up with the undefeated Rams next up on the docket.

You can read more on the offense plus how the Packers are approaching the bye week in today’s cheese curds.

Packers analysis: Why Aaron Rodgers needs to get rid of the ball quickly—PackersNews.com

Injuries to the quarterback and offensive line aside, the Packers function better in a hurry up mode on offense. Hopefully McCarthy realizes that sooner than later.

Focus turns inward for Packers during bye—Packers.com

Four road games in five weeks including back-to-back road stints against the Rams and Patriots the next two games, so the Packers need to get their house in order during the bye week.

The Packers’ All-Out Blitz won the day—Deadspin

Kevin King’s first career interception was set up by a seven man blitz. Someone had to get home because if they didn’t and couldn’t force an early throw, that play could have been disastrous.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers’ offense could look different after bye—ESPN

Rodgers wants to ditch the knee brace after the bye week, but it’ll ultimately be Dr. Pat McKenzie’s call. As for the offense, a more mobile Rodgers could give the Packers a few more options.

Wisconsin sports fans hate Joe Buck ... even the baseball version—Green Bay Press-Gazette

Let the record show I like Joe Buck, both the football and baseball version. A lot of hatred thrown his way is just irrational fan behavior. If you want homer commentary, listen to Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren.