The Green Bay Packers will not be the same team in Week 17 as they are now, in Week 3. They will be better, and much better. The Packers have all the ingredients to be a championship team, they just need to boil one season to enjoy.
A bold expectation for a 1-1 team, as I understand it. Just like preparing a meal, or as the British say digging, the various ingredients have to be sliced and cubed and fried and time for the flavors to mingle together before they are ready to be presented to the Packer Nation as a championship team.
The season-opening loss to the Vikings didn’t offer much insight into what this team was capable of doing. It left a bad taste in the mouths of many and looked like a team that didn’t play together, as it was a team that had lost its charm in the game’s first offensive game.
Although the Packers defense got off to a bit of a rough start, the week two win over the Chicago Bears provided some insight into what this team is made of.
The Run prepares the pass
A lightning-fast, cunning, but gritty running game in Aaron Jones. The Thor of a Man in A.J. Dillon. These are the two tandems that will have the opposing defensive coordinators drink coffee in the early hours of night crafting schemes to slow down a pack’s attack. Despite having the back-to-back quarterback title at Aaron Rodgers, the Packers in 2022 are a running team.
Range prepares the pass. Although Rodgers prefers the ball in his hands most of the time. He would be more successful in delivering Jones and Dillon. When the Packers’ offensive streak starts to cook, Elgton Jenkins’ return, and at some point David Bakhtiari is brought into the mix, the opponent’s defense will need to stack the box to defend against Jones and Dillon. Sprinkle in a game of short passes to keep the defense balanced and after that, a deep pass to take the top off the defense.
Rodgers’ wide receivers offer a plethora of options
Speaking of wide receivers. This is a set that will definitely get better as the season progresses. Early on they will need to rely on the veterans of this group. Sammy Watkins had a presence against the Vikings, as did Lazard and Cope. Among the wide receivers, there is no main dish as Davante Adams was in years past. This works for the Packers. Rodgers forces the ball around to keep the defense in the dark. It will take buds Kristan Watson and Romeo Dobbs some time to mature. By the end of the season, Rodgers will have an entire treasury of resources at his disposal.
Defense is also still cooking
The defense is in a similar position to the offense. There are some veterans and game makers. But there are some young players in the first and second years who need to get old before their taste is realized. Quay Walker looks the part and has playmaking power. But is it a finished product, surely it is not. With the temperatures soaring as the playoffs approached with Walker approaching, the defense would have froze into a satisfactory whole. The defense would certainly benefit from being on the sidelines because the offensive running attack controls the time of possession.
As for the specials… it’s a unit that in the past years has caused many Packers fans to lose their appetite. Rich Bisakia’s set isn’t spoiled yet, but a few are lining up for seconds, too. This is definitely the part of the team that has a lot to prove.
It’s human nature to want to see the Packers kick off the season, a masterpiece that has already taken shape. The truth is the championship team is good food, and well worth the wait. If you are looking for fast food, you are probably in the wrong restaurant.
———————Patrick Hughes is the owner and lifelong fan of Green Bay Packers. He is excited to immerse himself in the community of Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin and around the world. Landscape designer and marketer by day and Packers writer by night. You can follow him on Twitter at Tweet embed