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Monday Cheese Curds: Is the Packers’ passing game ready for liftoff?

After five weeks, the offense is gliding but not year soaring

Green Bay Packers v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Defense performing? Check. Running game kicking into gear? Check. Passing attack back to lethal levels?

Stand by.

As the Green Bay Packers prepare to face the Detroit Lions tonight, fans are wondering if this is the week the passing game finally hits its stride for a full game.

There have been flashes of brilliance but also extended stretches of mediocrity and downright poor play which is unusual for an Aaron Rodgers-led attack yet also typical for a team installing a new offense with a new head coach. Throw in that Green Bay will be without Davante Adams for a second straight game tonight and there are plenty of logical explanations as to why the formerly high flying passing offense for the Packers has yet to take off and stay in the air for 60 minutes.

Rodgers is going to have to make do without his favorite target in Adams and will rely on second year receivers Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Jake Kumerow as well as tight end Jimmy Graham to make plays.

That general manager Brian Gutekunst opted not to sign a veteran wide receiver in the offseason shows the team is confident in their youngsters but a lack of depth at wide receiver could end up being the 2019 team’s Achilles’ heel.

We’ll see if the Packers can win a second straight game without Adams and move to 3-0 in the NFC North. It will speak volumes about the growth of the offense if the Packers can get it done.

Now onto today’s cheese curds.

Packers’ air attack struggling to get off the ground—

Rodgers has looked more comfortable in the new offense with each passing week (no pun intended), but everyone is waiting for that one game where the doors are just blown off. Could that happen tonight against a beat up Lions secondary?

JK Scott becoming a ‘true difference-maker’ for Packers—

The defense has definitely carried its weight while the offense experiences growing pains but don’t forget the legitimate weapon the Packers have at punter. Pinning opposing offenses deep allows Mike Pettine to draw upon a larger variety of plays for his defense.

Made in Michigan: Roots helped shape first-year Packers coach Matt LaFleur—Detroit News

Michigan native Matt LaFleur gets his first crack against his home team tonight and some of his family and friends could not be happier for him.

Packers vs. Lions: 5 things to watch and a prediction—Packers Wire

The receiver battle will of course be one to watch but Bryan Bulaga versus Trey Flowers could be a game determining battle. Bulaga hasn’t allowed a sack this year despite facing some elite ends and he’s looking to keep that streak going tonight.

Bear Family Breaks Into Home And Cub Parkours Down The Staircase—Huffington Post