Head games: Early Bye for the Green Bay Packers comes at just the right time

Packers tight end Andrew Quarless reacts after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday. This game may have been the kick in the butt the Packers need to carry them through the remainder of the season.
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One month into the young season and many questions still loom for our beloved Green Bay Packers.

Is this team proven?

A win week one would have made a statement. Week two was more or less a gimme considering it was the home opener. Week three once again would have made a statement on the road but that didn’t happen either.

What and or who is to blame for this start?

Sure the early bye week is timely from an injury standpoint, but from an emotional standpoint, this bye week is just right.

The team as a whole seems to be in much disbelief about its rocky 1-2 start. From Coach Mike McCarthy all the way down to reporters and analysts (hell, even us here at lombardiave) all of us seem to be in somewhat of a state of disbelief.

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Mike McCarthy has a lot of work to do to get his team ready to play 13 more games this season. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Most of us didn’t have the Packers winning at Candlestick Park but were pleased with the team’s performance nonetheless. Week two showed what the team is capable of from a sheer talent point of view against Washington. I think everyone is still, however, trying to figure out just what the hell happened this past week though.

Was that not one of the most bizarre games you’ve ever seen?

Turnovers left and right, broken plays, TWO – count ‘em – TWO interceptions by Aaron Rodgers (which by the way he hadn’t done since the  2010 season), a rather “un-manly-like” low blow from Vontaze Burfict on Ryan Taylor which we were penalized for?

Let’s at least give credit where credit is due and applaud Johnathan Franklin for an outstanding debut (aside from the fumble at least). This bye is early, but wow, is it needed.

The hope is that Eddie Lacy will be back when the Packers host the Detroit Lions in two weeks time. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The hope is that Eddie Lacy will be back when the Packers host the Detroit Lions in two weeks time. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Adversity has stricken Green Bay as a whole. The physical wounds will heal. Eddie Lacy should be back against Detroit and I would assume Jermichael Finley will be as well.

Among the wild cards to see the field next week could include Casey Hayward, Morgan Burnett, Jarrett Bush, and James Starks. Who knows what is going on with Clay Matthews hamstring – yet again!

Let’s hope the team gets their heads on right for the next three months. They’re at least gonna need that operational.

Topics: Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers, Johnathan Franklin, Mike McCarthy

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