To no surprise, the Detroit Lions came in with the same defensive game plan against the Green Bay Packers that the Cincinnati Bengals employed two weeks ago. Press the wide outs and depend on the defensive line to generate pressure.
Problems with the offense stemmed once again. The Packers have scored a touchdown on only five of their last 12 trips to the red zone, amassing to five field goals Sunday.
Offensive guard T.J. Lang notices:
“That’s kind of been something that’s been a theme this year. We’ve been driving the ball and not finishing all the drives. That’s something we really need to look at and make those corrections, something we need to focus on.”
An even more baffling statistic rises when trying to solve this problem: third down efficiency. The Packers converted just seven out of 16 third downs, equating to 19-for-49 on the year.
Aaron Rodgers and company need to find a remedy fast for this third down plague.
The Packers might be looking at a much better record had they been able to solve this inconsistency a bit earlier this season. The team was able to beat the Detroit Lions on the backs of the defense, but as the team moves toward the mid-point of the 2013 season, they will be facing two stout defenses over the next couple of weeks.
The Packers travel to Baltimore to take on the world champion Ravens next week and then come home to face the Cleveland Browns in two weeks.