Why the Packers’ passing attack is better than people think

Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

No, the Green Bay Packers are not happy with the loss on Sunday in London against the New York Giants.

If Matt LaFleur could go back, he likely would have changed a couple of the plays that he called down the stretch that led to Green Bay’s demise. One of the things that the Packers and their fans should be proud of is the air attack so far.

The way that the Packers were going to be successful through the air this season without Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling was through a collective effort. So far, so good.

Look no further than Sunday against the Giants. No, the game didn’t end the way that they wanted. However, Aaron Rodgers did find nine different receivers. That should be the goal every game for the Packers.

Defenses will have no idea where the ball is going as opposed to knowing that Davante Adams would be getting the ball most times.

Through the first five games, Randall Cobb has 17 receptions on 25 targets for 249 receiving yards. Allen Lazard has 16 receptions on 25 targets for 209 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Romeo Doubs has 22 receptions on 29 targets for 213 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Through two games, before he went on IR, Sammy Watkins caught six passes for 111 receiving yards.

This wide receiver attack is balanced. At this rate, at least three of these receivers will have over 650 receiving yards on over 50 receptions. That is the balance that this Packers offense wants.

Running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon have combined for 23 receptions for 167 receiving yards and one touchdown. Tight ends Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, and Tyler Davis have combined for 26 receptions for 204 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

From a statistical point of view, this Green Bay offense is balanced right now through the air.

With Aaron Rodgers leading this group, this offense will always be dangerous. But seeing the skill-position players putting up these numbers is a great sign for the potential of this offense. Come January, this group should be feared because they can win collectively.