Mason Crosby, the Green Bay Packers field goal kicker, was perfect today – converting five straight field goals and tying the team record for most in a single game.
That’s great for Crosby, who is in the process of ridding himself of a number of demons that have plagued him the past year. You have to be happy for the guy whose kicks, including one from 52 yards, were straight and true.
What this statistic, however, really tells us is that the Packers offense is getting into or very near the red zone without converting drives into touchdowns.
Heading into today’s game, the Green Bay Packers were averaging 32 points per game, with an average of four touchdowns per game; they were averaging 457.7 yards per-game; and 6.7 yards per-play.
Those are some pretty good statistics, but why does it feel like the offense has been running at half speed, especially in the red zone?
Because they are – at least when they get close.
The Packers have left a ton of points on the field; blame the play-calling; blame the Packers offense for a lack of creativity; blame the defenses that have stood up to the Packers in these situations.
What’s most frustrating for the Packers is that anyone who has been watching this team this season knows this team’s potential is unlimited. For once, the Packers are showing a running game that’s giving the team a balance we haven’t seen in years. Rodgers has the likes of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James “TD” Jones running routes for him.
But when the Packers have gotten into the red zone, it’s seemed to have all fallen apart.
The Packers have been able to beat a team like the Lions because the team’s defense was the best it’s been in a long time. However, they couldn’t beat teams like the 49ers or the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, if this team is going to have any chance at winning the NFC North or smelling the playoffs they are going to have to start scoring touchdowns.
Field goals are great; watching Mason Crosby improve his standing with the team is awesome.
But the Packers aren’t going to win games with field goals.
My guess is that the red zone offense might be getting more scrutiny when the Packers hit the practice field this week.
Let’s hope that the time spent in perfecting this part of the Packers game starts to pay off.