Going into the early part of the 2019 regular season, everyone expected the Green Bay Packers to take their lumps in a new offense.
It also doesn’t help in opening with back-to-back games against two of the NFL’s best defenses in the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. Green Bay weathered the storm on Thursday and beat the Bears largely because of their defense.
Now with the Vikings up next on Sunday, the offense will look to improve and while some expect growth along with a few more speed bumps, the players are impatient for progress and that’s not a bad thing.
Both Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur told each other they would be better and a fast start would further solidify a relationship between coach and quarterback that everyone inside and outside Lambeau Field is watching closely.
Great things were and still are expected for Rodgers and Davante Adams and while a sluggish start against one of the league’s elite defenses provides ample cover, Adams wants the offense to start firing now.
The word “potential” has been thrown around a lot regarding the Green Bay offense and for that potential to turn into reality, the offense is going to have to score more than 10 points.
You can read more on the offense plus how Tramon Williams’ music taste isn’t winning over the younger cornerbacks in today’s cheese curds.
Adams isn’t a “throw me the damn ball” kind of receiver, but he is fully aware of how vital he is to making the offense go. He’ll face another stiff challenge on Sunday but will anyone ever count out number 17?
While a friendly early home schedule might help the Packers ease some of their growing pains on offense, Rodgers would still prefer the December home field advantage Lambeau Field provides.
The Bears smothered Adams all game on Thursday and with a similar level of talent up next on Sunday, LaFleur and company are going to need to either come up with some answers quickly or hope the defense puts up another lights out showing.
While his music choices may not make the youngsters sit up and pay attention, Williams’ veteran presence and leadership absolutely does. Williams played every single defensive snap against Chicago and at 36, he earned a ton of respect from his teammates.
Great awareness and focus, even better hands. Maybe Brian Gutekunst can sign this guy to a tryout at wide receiver.