There is something to be said about a team that is able to score when the scoreboard is not in their favor. This was an area that the Green Bay Packers were successful in last season and that can make a huge difference at season's end.
With a scoring rate of 41.4% when losing last year, Green Bay was tied with Detroit for 10th in the NFL during the 2022 season. That's the good news. The bad news? Some key members of that offensive unit are no longer in a Packers uniform and that could be a big problem.
Gone are Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan, and Randall Cobb. Taking their place are Jordan Love, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and a collection of tight ends with little to no experience.
A significant portion of Green Bay's success rate in scoring while losing belongs to their former Hall of Fame quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers time and time again proved he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, engineering three fourth-quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives last season. This was a new career-high in game-winning drives and tied a previous career-high in fourth-quarter comebacks in his final year as a Packer.
Asking Love to replicate anything close to this type of success rate while losing at any time may be a bit much. Love has all of 83 pass attempts to his name over two seasons and is not exactly anything remotely close the seasoned veteran that Rodgers was.
Another thing to consider why the Packers may see their score rate while losing drop is the fact that the offense could be much more methodical. Matt LaFleur is getting his first true chance to show off his abilities as an offensive architect in Green Bay. Coaching a quarterback the caliber of Rodgers can hide a lot things, most notably any sort of deficiency in the abiilty of someone to actually coach a team.
Even though the Packers are more than likely to see a substantial drop in this area, that is not a reason to panic just yet. It is important to keep this season in perspective. This is a transition year.
It can be unsettling at times to see the massive changes going from someone who will end up in Canton when their career is all said and done to a very inexperienced quarterback.
Just because they score less while losing does not make the season a failure. That is unless they drop below Indianapolis' dead last 28.7%. At that point it would be time to sound the alarms and look forward to the next influx of personnel. Not just the players, but coaching staff as well.