Jermichael Finley is a talent, but has been injured and inconsistent, though still adds an important element to the Packers offensive attack. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Jermichael Finley just needs to play

You might have known that Jermichael Finley was at the center of it all … that is the talk of the Packers eyeing the franchise record of 57 points.

“Anything’s possible,” Finley was quoted earlier today in published reports. “Week to week we can put up big numbers. Not only against the Rams. It’s about us every game. I think we can do it every week.”
Finley, gotta love him, isn’t going to hold his opinion in check … no, he calls it like he sees it.
That’s fine, but the tight end should also consider he’s not the epicenter of the Packers offense. Is he a key member?

Absolutely … but not THE linchpin. Remember, the Packers won a Super Bowl without him; but look what he’s added to the offense so far this season – 22 receptions for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns. Consistency, however, has to be questioned, as does Finley’s durability. And while all three of his touchdowns came in one game – the Bears – and his recent drops are a concern, he is a huge threat in the Packers attack.

Nevertheless, isn’t it a bit early to start eyeing records – at least in public? Confidence is one thing; arrogance another. It’s a fine line and for the most part, Finley’s backed his words with his play. He needs to concentrate on making it through the season healthy before talking about breaking scoring records two days before a game with a winless team coming off their bye week. They don’t need any more incentive.

Just for the record, the Packers team record of 57 points was set against Detroit in 1945; the record for yards (628) and first downs (37) were set during at 49-0 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1962.

Is Mike McCarthy steaming over this one? Probably.

What’s next? Talk about going unbeaten?

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