After scoring 28, Packers offense still seeks improvement

After scoring 28, Packers offense still seeks improvement

Green Bay may have scored four touchdowns against a tough 49ers defense, but the unit sees an opportunity to be more consistent.
Scoring 28 points gives you a good shot to win most NFL games.

But it wasn't enough for Green Bay against San Francisco in week 1.  The Packers were one of only three teams to put up at least four touchdowns and lose.

While the defense struggled mightily to stop the Niners air attack, the offense could have been even more successful in putting up points had it not been for five 3-and-outs and two turnovers.

"If you break down the 3-and-outs, the 2nd-and-longs, being backed up there's other things that apply to that," said Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy Wednesday.  "The negative plays is really the setback, disrupts your rhtyhm, keeps you off your time clock."

"We've got to be more consistent and help our defense out a little bit," said Aaron Rodgers.  "We lost the time of possession battle pretty significantly and that puts a stress on our defense.  And we also had four scoring drives over 60 yards, so it was the good with the bad."

The Packers were watching Monday night when Chip Kelly's Eagles ran a ridiculous 53 plays against a weary Washington defense in the first half alone.  The Packers hope their own no-huddle offense has similar success. Sunday.

"That's what we want to do, said wide receiver Jordy Nelson. "That's what we were able to do in San Fran when we got the first downs. But when you go 3-and-out it's obviously hard to get on a defense and wear them down.  So we want to get that first first down and then get the tempo going."

The Packers have recent history on their side as they prepare to play their home opener Sunday.  Green Bay has won 20 of their last 21 regular season games at Lambeau Field and have scored at least 22 points in 16 straight regular season games, a franchise record and an NFL-best streak.

"We'll be able to communicate a lot more, verbally as well as  non-verbal so that will be somewhat of a benefit," said Nelson on the advantage of playing at home. The snap count will come into play a little more."

The Packers offense practiced without TE Jermichael Finely due to a toe injury and LG Josh Sitton because of a back ailment Wednesday. Whether they play or not, Rodgers says the key to winning close games moving forward is simple... And it's not all on the offense either.

"Execute, make the plays that are there on both sides of the football."

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