The Green Bay Packers are coming off an intense Week 3 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, the win comes with some concerns for Packers fans.
While the Packers scored on their first two drives, the second half of the game was disappointing.
But is the lack of scoring in the second half a concern Packers fans need to be aware of as the season goes on?
If The Packers’ Defense Falters, They Will Need Offense
While the Packers’ offense has only scored 10 points in the second half of their three games, their defense is under pressure to perform.
However, the second their defense breaks, the pressure is back on the offense to win the game.
The Packers nearly blew their game against the Buccaneers when their offense stalled in the second half.
Multiple punts, and an interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers, all kept the Bucs in the game.
— Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) September 25, 2022
With the Bucs down by 11 in the second half, the defense nearly gave the game away as their offense failed to make another score.
However, the defense got lucky with a miscue by Tom Brady on a two-point try that helped them win the game.
Had Brady and the Bucs scored, a tied game might have gone the way of the Buccaneers in overtime.
With this near win, the Packers’ offense needs to fix their late-quarter offensive woes.
Rodgers Is Missing His Deep Threat
There’s no doubt Rodgers wishes he had his top receiver back in Green Bay.
For two seasons, Davante Adams accounted for around one-third of most of Rodgers’ passing statistics.
With him gone, Rodgers is working with two rookie receivers this season.
But none of these receivers are deep threats like Adams was in Green Bay.
Many Packers fans saw this when a potential 75-yard TD pass was dropped in the Packers’ opening game of the season.
Earlier this week, @TomSilverstein called a deep shot to Christian Watson on Matt LaFleur's first play. #Packers go there, and Watson completely burns Patrick Peterson, but he drops a 75-yard touchdown.
In a word, oof.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 11, 2022
Rodgers needs a deep threat, as he can’t keep getting away with his short passing game.
While his short passing game keeps his accuracy numbers high, they won’t help the team beat the elite NFL teams.
When Defenses Figure Out Rodgers, It Could End Green Bay’s Reign
All it takes is for these opposing defenses to figure out how Rodgers is relying on short passes.
When they do this and force him to pass deep to rookie receivers, it may end in more interceptions or incompletions.
The days of successful deep passes from Rodgers might end in 2022.
However, there’s time for the Packers’ offense to fix these issues.
But if they don’t, then Rodgers and the Packers’ reign as NFC North champions might abruptly conclude.
He’s already showing he’s not a deep threat with his current slate of receivers.
Without a deep threat, defenses will figure him out.
The faster other teams do this, the faster his fall from greatness.
With Rodgers powerless to get elite veteran receivers, the MVP and NFC North title reigns will come to a close.