Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke to reporters on Wednesday about the offense’s Jekyll and Hyde Sunday performance in the team’s season opening 34-28 loss at San Francisco. The Packers’ Rodgers-led offense scored 28 points on four possessions—but Rodgers said the team has to improve after the offense recorded five three-and-outs against the 49ers.
“We have to be more consistent and help our defense out a little bit,” Rodgers said. “It is on us. We have to score more points. We feel we need to get in scoring territory on every possession, and we know we have to outscore the opponent.”
The 49ers dominated the Packers in time of possession (SF 38:35, GB 21:25), total yards (SF 402, GB 322) and turnovers (SF 0, GB 2) on Sunday. Despite the loss, Rodgers was encouraged to see improvement from rookies David Bakhtiari and Eddie Lacy at left tackle and running back, respectively. Lacy primarily was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Sunday, as he scored his first NFL touchdown—but also recorded his first NFL fumble against San Francisco.
“I think they both had some really good plays and some plays they can learn from on Sunday,” Rodgers said about both rookies. “There is always knit-picking because we’d like to be perfect out there. We strive for perfection, and we expect a lot from each other. I’m really proud of the young guys, they prepared well last week, and we strive for perfection and hold our guys to a high standard.”
Packer wide receivers Jordy Nelson (7 rec, 130 yards, TD) and Randall Cobb (7 rec, 108 yards, TD) both starred on Sunday, but fellow wideout James Jones was quiet in the opener. Jones, who led the NFL in touchdown catches (14) last season, did not record one catch against the 49ers. Rodgers and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said they were both very confident in their veteran offensive weapon.
“I look at James as one of our emerging leaders on our football team,” McCarthy said. “He is extremely professional, does a lot of little things, and puts in a lot of extra time. He is a class act, and I’m not concerned about him.”
The Packers (0-1) will face the Washington Redskins (0-1) in their home opener at Lambeau Field this upcoming Sunday. At San Francisco, Rodgers and the Packers offense successfully ran the no-huddle offense with great efficiency—a play-style which the Redskins had great trouble defending this past Monday Night against the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0).
The Redskins allowed the Eagles offense to rack up 443 yards of total offense and score 33 points. McCarthy, who used to work with Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, said he has great respect for the Redskins. Rodgers echoed his coach, and said the Packers offense will have their hands full on Sunday.
“They are very well coached,” Rodgers said about the Redskins’ defense. “They have a good mix of veterans and young players. They have a talented defense which throws a lot at you, and they are known for giving opposing offenses issues.”
The Redskins and Packers will kickoff at noon CST at Lambeau Field Sunday. Check your local listings for television coverage.
Other News and Notes: McCarthy said safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday’s practice…offensive lineman Josh Sitton and tight end Jermichael Finley (toe) both sat out of Wednesday’s practice with injuries, and McCarthy said “both are making progress”, and their statuses for Sunday’s game remain unknown.
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