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Cheese Curds, 9/24: Packers’ O-line kept Aaron Rodgers upright but passing game still needs work

The Packers need some improvement from their receiving corps to get their offense back on track.

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It’s a good thing that Aaron Rodgers took few hits on Sunday afternoon. The Denver Broncos, who had yet to record a sack in their first two games, could not get to the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback in week three. A combination of great pass-blocking and Rodgers’ mobility kept the Broncos’ pass-rushers at bay, and the group only took Rodgers to the ground once during 60 minutes of game time.

Normally, that would be a stellar sign for the Packers’ offense. Interestingly, the last time Rodgers did not take a sack in a game that he started and finished was in 2016 against the team’s week four opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. That game was a 27-13 rout for the Packers that started the team’s “Run the Table” streak, and it was a magnificent performance for the quarterback — he went 30-for-39 with 313 yards and two touchdowns, both to Davante Adams.

In that game, Adams had five catches for 113 yards and those two scores in a true breakout game. Now the team’s unquestioned number one receiver and the leader in the wideout room, he needs some help from his teammates.

We look at the line’s great performance and the receivers’...well, less than stellar performances in today’s curds.

Packers’ offensive line providing foundation for progress |
Aaron Rodgers was grateful to his line for keeping him upright on Sunday, as he was not sacked at all and was only taken to the ground once. On a short week with Thursday Night Football coming up, that performance was huge and the unit helped their quarterback feel great (physically, at least) after the game.

Packers' Davante Adams needs help to ditch double-teaming defenses |
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a great first half, but he disappeared a bit in the second half, particularly when Rodgers and company were scuffling. Meanwhile, Geronimo Allison has been practically a no-show all year. With Adams seeing a ton of double-coverage, the Packers need these players to step up and fast. The one benefit this week is that Philly's secondary is banged up, so Adams should see some more advantageous matchups.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur takes blame for TE Jimmy Graham’s lack of production | Packers Wire
*Whispers* Jimmy Graham probably also needs to take some blame for Jimmy Graham's lack of production.

Stacking surprises on the NFL's seven 3-0 teams | ESPN
Bill Barnwell says that the Packers have the NFL's best defense, and while they have allowed a lot of rushing yards, there are plenty of reasons to agree. From ranking second in points allowed to a first-place spot in turnovers, the unit continues to impress people all across the league.

Jets cut off ‘In The Air Tonight’ before Baker Mayfield’s drum solo | USA Today
Mayfield loves to jam to the Phil Collins classic at home games during pregame, but the Jets trolled him last week. Just don't dream of stopping the song before this puppy gets to that part.