After outlasting the Denver Broncos on Saturday 27-16, the Green Bay Packers moved to a 3-0 record on their season.
The Packers are now one of eight undefeated teams in the NFL. That number drops to seven undefeated teams if you don’t count the 2-0-1 Detroit Lions, who tied the Arizona Cardinals in week one.
Green Bay’s defense has played lights out to start the season. As of week three, the Packers rank 1st in takeaways, 2nd in sacks, and 13th in yards per game.
Oh how the turn tables.
Green Bay is notorious for having a potent offense combined with a porous defense. Looking back to 2011, the Packers had the number one scoring offense in the NFL. Pair that with the 32nd ranked defense in the league and the Packers found themselves bounced by the Giants after a 15-1 season.
This season has been like waking up on opposite day. Ever since the Packers fired Dom Capers and hired Mike Pettine, the defense exponentially improved.
Green Bay’s offense is struggling this season. Wow. Thats a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever type in the Aaron Rodgers era.
Thus far this season, Rodgers is posting a 46 QBR. The offense itself is ranked 28th in the NFL in yards per game.
But it all doesn’t matter. They’re winning.
Rodgers’ lack of statistical prowess isn’t due to lack of excellence. He’s played great in the first three games of the season in terms of keeping the Packers in games.
Even with his lack of passing yards, he’s not throwing turning the ball over much. This isn’t a surprise, as Rodgers prides himself in taking care of the ball.
This is also due to a turn toward the run-game. New head coach Matt LaFleur ran a run-heavy offense as the offensive coordinator for Tennessee, and seems to have carried that over to Green Bay.
Rodgers seems to be under center more this season, electing to get running backs like Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams involved early.
This doesn’t mean Rodgers hasn’t taken over at times.
When you have a quarterback like Rodgers, you’ve always got a shot. He makes throws that leave defensive coordinators scratching their heads. That bad man will change the calls at will and read defenses like the playbook that Favre never did.
3-0 looks pretty good, not going to lie.
The Packers currently sit alone on top of the NFC North, with two division wins under their belt.
Look for the offense to pick it up down the stretch of the season. This team will more than likely make the playoffs barring something major happening.
Once in the post-season, that stout defense will play a larger role in trying to get Rodgers to his first Super Bowl since the 2010-2011 season.
Next, the Packers play the Eagles on Thursday Night Football. This is the Packers’ second primetime game of the season.