A win is a win, but there were no extra style points awarded for the Green Bay Packers’ 24-15 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty writes, the Packers accomplished their most important task by defeating the one-win Jaguars 24-15, but were outgained 341 yards to 238 yards by the NFL’s lowest-ranked offense in scoring and yards, and by a team the Packers were 14˝-point favorites to defeat, isn’t going to impress anyone inside or outside the locker room.
“The way we played on offense, especially the last couple weeks, the expectations were we were going to come out and maybe blow them out,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “But we didn’t start fast, we didn’t have enough juice early on and didn’t play well enough on offense to get that done. Defense and special teams did their part. Offensively, we’re going to be very critical as we watch the film (Monday) and move forward.
“However, that being said, we’re 5-3. As much as the adversity that we dealt with early in the season has affected us, I think we’ve come out, won three in a row, and we’re moving in the right direction.”
You can read the rest of Dougherty’s game story here: http://tinyurl.com/994y8gu.
*Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause examines the value of the Packers’ third consecutive win against perhaps the worst team in the NFL even if it wasn’t one of the Packers’ best showings (http://tinyurl.com/98cu468).
*Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky looks at Packers cornerback Davon House blocking a Jacksonville punt that led to a Dezman Moses touchdown in the second quarter despite the fact the Packers only had 10 men on the field (http://tinyurl.com/93745vz).
*In our Packers’ notebook, tight end Jermichael Finley only had two catches for 24 yards, but feels he’s found his rhythm with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after meeting late with the MVP quarterback on Saturday night (http://tinyurl.com/8zpbnox).
*With Charles Woodson and a handful of other defensive starters out, safety Morgan Burnett and newly converted inside linebacker Brad Jones stepped up their game against the Jaguars (http://tinyurl.com/8vhnxwu).
*According to Packers historian, Eric Goska, the Packers won a rare game on Sunday considering their dismal offensive numbers against the Jaguars (http://tinyurl.com/9skcu37).
*Vandermause takes a glance at the Packers’ rants and raves at the midway point of the 2012 regular season (http://tinyurl.com/8wwomg7).
*In our Packers ‘Insider,’ Packers third-year safety Burnett gets a thumbs up while a thumbs down goes to the Packers’ lackluster effort against the Jaguars (http://tinyurl.com/8lwrdgo).