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Cheese Curds, 9/14: Packers’ creativity resulted in quick-strike offense

The Packers had four plays of 30 yards or more in week 1, and they’ll look to maintain a similar level of explosiveness in Atlanta this Sunday.

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The Green Bay Packers were one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL in week one, as their 38 points ranked second in the entire league. The 31 points put up by the offense was tied for third, behind only the Miami Dolphins (36) and Los Angeles Chargers (34), and the performance was in large part the result of a great deal of creativity from the offensive coaching staff.

Jordan Love did his part, to be sure. But the variety of personnel groupings and concepts that the Packers ran kept the Chicago Bears’ defense on its heels, especially in the second half. It led to explosive plays as well, as just one of the team’s touchdown drives was longer than 10 plays or five minutes on the clock, and two were five plays or less and took less than 2:30 of game time.

All in all, the Packers had four plays of 30 yards or more, a great start for a unit that was missing its most dangerous big-play threat in Christian Watson. Instead, it was creativity in playcalling and Aaron Jones’ explosiveness that led the team to a big day.

Will the team be able to maintain that level of production against an impressive Falcons defense? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

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