The Packers offense got dominated by the New York Giants Sunday night, leaving some to wonder how Green Bay can function effectively against Cover 2 defenses.
Rob Demovsky writes that the return of Greg Jennings could help the Packers combat defenses that sit back in coverage with two safeties deep. (http://tinyurl.com/cpcrpyn).
Writes Demovsky: Jennings has often operated in the middle of the field, an area that should be open against Cover-2, although tight end Jermichael Finley hasnít managed to take advantage of it. Last season, Jennings ran 228 of his 458 routes from the slot position, according to ProFootballFocus.com. From the slot, Jennings caught 33 passes (almost half of his 67 catches for the season) for 429 yards (of his total of 949) and three of his nine touchdowns, according to the website that charts every NFL play.
If the return of Jennings can get the quick slant game going again, it could help Rodgers get the ball out faster, which could negate some of the pass rush.
Jennings said he will be ready to play against the Vikings on Sunday.
*Cliff Christl and Eric Baranczyk, in their weekly post-game analysis of the Packers, say the team misses right tackle Bryan Bulaga. (http://pck.rs/111BGxf)
Their conclusion: The Packers started the season with three highly reliable regulars on their line ó Bulaga, and guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang ó and two other average or mediocre ones in Marshall Newhouse and Jeff Saturday. Now, without Bulaga, they have one solid starter (Sitton) and four mediocre ones.
*In the Packers notebook, Weston Hodkiewicz explains why Davon House saw more playing time than rookie sensation Casey Hayward. (http://pck.rs/UQhnPZ)
*Check out Press-Gazette photographer Evan Siegle's video photo blog following the Packers-Giants game. (http://pck.rs/112ud0Q)