The Green Bay Packers head into a nearly bye week 2-1 following a big win over the Detroit Lions, but they're facing plenty of questions on both sides of the ball. From the loss of cornerback Sam Shields to the re-emergence of running back Eddie Lacy, the Packers face question marks at several positions, as they take some extra time to prepare for a Week 4 showdown with the New York Giants.
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What's up with Randall Cobb?
The return of deep threat Jordy Nelson should be opening up space underneath for Cobb to get open, but so far it hasn't happened. The Packers' offense has more mouths to feed with tight end Jared Cook in the mix and Eddie Lacy averaging around 14 carries per game, but Cobb ranks second on the team with 18 targets through three games and has just 132 receiving yards to show for it. His usage declined from 97 and 99 percent of the Packers' offensive snaps to just 78 percent against Detroit, while he was targeted just three times, hauling in one catch for 33 yards.
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Is this the Aaron Rodgers of old?
Rodgers' struggles last season are well-documented, and they continued through Week 2. The one-time NFL MVP averaged just 5.89 yards per attempt in games against Jacksonville and Minnesota. He threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars, while logging a 58.8 completion percentage against a questionable defense. Rodgers struggled again against the Vikings, throwing a critical interception late in the fourth quarter after posting just 213 passing yards and touchdown. He turned things around against the Lions on Sunday, throwing four touchdown passes and averaging 8.54 yards per attempt. It was a by-the-book performance for Rodgers, but has he really turned the corner? Rodgers threw for three or more touchdowns three times last season after doing it eight times in 2014.
Has Eddie Lacy's offseason routine paid off?
Lacy's lack of red-zone production may be concerning to some, but there's no denying his resurgence through three games. He rushed for 100 yards in Week 3, the earliest in the season he's ever recorded a 100-yard game, after averaging more than four yards per carry in his first two games. Lacy is averaging nearly five yards per carry so far and doing plenty of damage after contact. Head coach Mike McCarthy featured Lacy in the second half against the Lions, and he responded by posting 61 yards on 11 carries.
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Will the secondary hold up?
Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs victimized Damarious Randall and the Packers' secondary for 182 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, while Marvin Jones did it again in Week 3, going off for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Starter Sam Shields is out with his fifth concussion in just six seasons, leaving second-year corners Randall, Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter to step up in his absence. The Packers are once again covering for their defensive issues with an explosive offense, but a banged-up secondary is currently causing major problems.
Is their early bye week a good thing?
The Packers are licking their wounds after a rough-and-tumble start to the season. Sam Shields suffered a concussion against Jacksonville, linebacker Clay Matthews, safety Morgan Burnett and nose tackle Letroy Guion were injured in Week 2 while a knee injury caused linebacker Datone Jones, along with the previously named players, to miss Week 3. The Packers rolled out eight rookies on defense against Detroit, and allowed 418 yards of total offense to the Lions. The early bye week presents an opportunity for Green Bay to get healthy following a trio of tight games, but if injuries or losses start to pile up later in the season the Packers could have a harder time recovering.