The Green Bay Packers have struggled to put together four solid quarters of football so far this season.
In their last three games, the team hasn’t played well in the first half, and this unfortunate stat from Elias Sports Bureau supports that.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 10, 2023
It was predicted that it would take a bit to figure it out, but the first-half scoring offense is now up there with the Lindy Infante and Don Majkowski Packers. This offense has to figure it out quickly.
Green Bay is 30th in the NFL in first-half scoring offense. The only team that has a lower-scoring offense is the New York Giants.
What has been the cause of the lack of scoring in the first half? Here are a few reasons the Green Bay Packers have had trouble putting together sustainable drives in the first half.
Three reasons why the Green Bay Packers have had trouble putting together drives in the first half of games this season?
The play-calling for Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers hasn’t been complimentary.
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur is a top-five offensive play-caller in the league, but in the first half of games, he has failed Jordan Love.
It feels like Green Bay relies on Jordan Love to throw them to victory like Aaron Rodgers did, but he’s not that type of quarterback.
LaFleur needs to establish the run for Jordan Love to be successful because that’s how Green Bay will thrive offensively this season.
In LaFleur’s first year as coach, he designed an offense around Aaron Rodgers that took the pressure off him to be the main focal point on offense. LaFleur needs to get back to that and give more opportunities to Aaron Jones once he comes back, and AJ Dillon, who’s still a vital part of this offense, despite his struggles to start the season.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones has missed time with a hamstring injury.
Aaron Jones is the most important player on offense. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and his dynamic playmaking ability are sorely missed in Green Bay’s offense.
Being out there, Jones takes the Green Bay Packers offense from good to elite. Unfortunately, there are times when Matt LaFleur has underutilized Jones as former HC Mike McCarthy used to, and that’s why Green Bay’s offense sometimes tends to be stagnant because there are not enough plays being run for Aaron Jones.
AJ Dillon has filled in nicely in Aaron Jones’ absence, but make no mistake, if the Green Bay Packers hope to improve their offensive numbers in the first half, Aaron Jones needs to be available.
Green Bay Packers QB Jordan Love hasn’t been consistent in the first half of games this season.
This is a smaller problem because any offensive woes this season can be traced back to young QB Jordan Love.
(Via CBS Sports) Love is completing 49.3 percent of his passes and has thrown for 330 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He’s also only completed one pass of 20 yards or more in the 1st half of games this season. Contrast that with the second half, where Love is completing 60.2 percent of his passes and has thrown for 753 total yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions while completing 11 passes of 20 yards or more.
Jordan Love watched Aaron Rodgers operate this offense for three years, so it’s not uncommon to see a young quarterback find his footing at certain points in the game. Heck, Rodgers went through the same thing in his first year starting, and every quarterback has had trouble at some point in their career.
It’s not all on Love in games against the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions; the defense did not play well in the first half, which forced Jordan Love to come from behind, which is not a spot you want to put your young quarterback in.
Hopefully, with a bye week on the horizon, the Green Bay Packers can start to hone in on their problems scoring in the first half of games this season.
The first chance Green Bay will have to showcase its revamped offense will be on Oct 22, against the porous Denver Broncos. It’ll be interesting to see with Aaron Jones expected back what Jordan Love will look like with all of his skill position players around him for the first time all season.
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