The Packers are into the bye week as this will be Mike McCarthy’s chance to look back at the season and see who has gotten the job done and who has played below expectations.
The Packers have had some closer-than-expected games including the one two weeks ago against Jacksonville. The Packers have three players in particular who will need to step up their play or could lose playing time
TE Jermichael Finley
Jermichael Finley has probably been one of the biggest disappointments for the Packers so far this year as he has been averaging three yards less per reception than his career average.
Finley had his most catches in one game this season week 1 when he had 7 versus the 49ers while the most receiving yards he had in one game came in week 3 versus Seattle when he had 60 receiving yards.
Finley has not been as good as in the past which has hurt the Packers offense. Green Bay will need Jermichael Finley to step up and get the job done or he could lose his starting spot and potentially be cut this offseason.
Packers Running Backs
The Packers’ running game is probably one of the worst in the NFL as Alex Green and James Starks have not gotten the job done since Cedric Benson was injured.
Alex Green was listed as the starter at running back but the Packers don’t trust him to be reliable as James Starks got more carries last week than Green. Green has also only averaged 3.1 yards per carry which is way below average for an NFL running back while Starks’s averaged just 3.6 yards per carry last week.
Starks and Green have both struggled and the Packers may look to some free agent running backs if Starks and Green do not step up their play soon.
Packers’ Offensive Line
The Green Bay offensive line has struggled as Aaron Rodgers has been sacked a crazy 29 times which is one of the most in all the NFL.
Even if you take out the eight times Rodgers was sacked against Seattle, the Packers have still given up sacks at an alarming rate. The season could fall apart if Rodgers got injured. Marshall Newhouse has been playing better but he is going to have to play at an elite level as he will still have to deal with some elite pass rushers like Julius Peppers.
The Packers offensive line has some players who know how to play at an elite level like Josh Sitton and Jeff Saturday but the line will need to play better or Packers fans may have to start worrying if the high number of hits Rodgers takes will lead to an injury.