The Pack is Back


Pike Temple, Sports Reporter

The Packers have returned to their usual level of offensive performance. The outlying first week loss against the Saints had GB fans worried, but Aaron Rodgers is back on track. In week 3 at San Francisco, the Packers looked like the more dominant team in the first half, putting up 17 points to the Niner’s 7. The 49ers scored a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half after an obvious intentional grounding call was missed. In the second half, the Packers had trouble moving the ball, especially in the third quarter. San Francisco mounted their comeback; Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers offense down the field and capped the drive with a touchdown. The Packers went into the fourth quarter up 17-14. The San Fran offense tested the Packers defense. However, after many poor penalties against the Packers D, the Niners surpassed the Packers late in the fourth quarter to go up 28-27. The referees played too much of a role in deciding the outcome of the game, missing blatant calls and overreacting to physical wide receiver and defensive back battles on both sides. In the end, the Packers pulled off the road winner. With 37 seconds left in the game, Rodgers threw two passes to Davante Adams to get GB into field goal range. Mason Crosby kicked a 51 yard field goal  to win the game with only a few seconds left on the clock. Rodgers finished the day with 261 yards and 2 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 70%. Davante Adams led the team in receiving stats with 12 receptions and 132 yards. 

In week 4 against the Steelers, the Packers came out on top. A.J. DIllon had a good game, he ran for 81 yards on 15 carries and averaged 5.4 yards a carry against a solid defensive front. Randall Cobb caught two touchdowns from Rodgers. The offense could not be stopped by the Steelers defense, putting up 27 points to Pittsburgh’s 17. Unfortunately, Jaire Alexander left the game with a shoulder injury and may not play week 5 in Cincinnati. The Bengals’ loaded wideout room will test a young inexperienced Packers cornerback group without Alexander. Green Bay is gradually returning to the offensive excellence that they showcased during the 2020-2021 season. The defense has improved week by week; The growing pains of learning a new defensive system are starting to wear off. Free agent pickup De’Vondre Campbell has been a huge factor, currently leading the team in tackles with 40. The Packers should chug along and keep up the positive momentum. Wins against the Bengals, Bears, and Washington Football Team are expected, but a clash between the current kings of the NFC West, the Arizona Cardinals, is on the horizon. Green Bay ends October with the Cardinals, a sneaky good playoff contender. The victor of this Thursday night face off will be crowned NFC royalty. The Packers will have a difficult schedule the remainder of the season, but the good news is that GB will likely win the NFC North and be battle tested as they enter the playoffs.