Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs the offense huddle against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Green Bay Packers: Burning timeouts could catch up with the team

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The Green Bay Packers game at the Baltimore Ravens might have been the Packers’ biggest win of the season thus far but it came at a price.

Though the Packers won in Baltimore  Sunday, they also lost in a couple different ways. Most recently, we have learned that Randall Cobb is out for 6 to 8 weeks due to a broken fibula. Nick Perry broke his foot and won’t be expected to return for an extended amount of time.  James Jones left the game with a sprained PCL but will be expected to make a speedy recovery.

Let those injuries sink in for a bit.

Now let’s talk about a small detail that has made itself apparent in nearly every Packer’s game this weekend … The Packers have a problem burning timeouts.

I can’t count how many times the Packers have had to burn timeouts because of a dwindling play clock. Timeouts become precious commodities late in games and the Packers have had next to none late in the second and fourth quarters.

Since I am not on the sidelines (most times I think I should be), I’m not sure the source of this problem. It seems like Aaron Rodgers has to burn a timeout when the team isn’t on the same page or he doesn’t like what he sees, which is odd because so many times the problem shows itself during the no huddle.

I’m not saying he shouldn’t take timeouts in those situations. I’m saying they could better prepared for situations that cause them to burn timeouts. There may be a time when the Packers need one late in the game.

With these injuries, games are going to remain close and the Packers are going to want to make sure they have the resources to get the win.

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