The good, bad, and ugly for Packers entering the bye week

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The Ugly: Packers rushing attack

What was once viewed as a strength for the Packers' offense, the rushing attack has just as quickly turned into a glaring weakness.

Starting running back Aaron Jones sustained an early injury and has only been able to carry the ball 14 times across two games in 2023. Meanwhile, the thunder to Jones's lightning, AJ Dillon, has sustained little success in his absence.

On 64 carries, Dillon is averaging a disappointing three yards per carry, good for 39th in the NFL. His 194 rushing yards rank 30th.

However, it's hard only to blame Dillon. While it seems like he finds himself running into the back of his offensive linemen and hardly eluding the first tackler, the offensive line play has been equally tumultuous.

Given that offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich was promoted to the position from his previous rank as offensive line coach, it's disheartening that Green Bay bears the 29th-best run-block win rate percentage in the NFL (67%).

Maybe the worst from the group is center Josh Myers. It makes it challenging for a back like AJ Dillon, who makes his money running between the tackles, to gain steam.

In Week 5 against a porous Raiders run defense, the Packers' offensive line was regularly missing blocks, not leveraging to the second level, and being pushed into the backfield off the line of scrimmage.

If Green Bay hopes to find an identity on offense in 2023, the rushing attack has no choice but to improve. Without improvements in the run game, defensives will have no problem making Jordan Love's job incredibly difficult.

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