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Morning roundup: Offense comes back down to Earth

Dec. 9, 2012
 

The Green Bay Packers never have finished outside the top 10 in offense during Mike McCarthy’s previous six seasons as head coach.

Barring a late rally, that could change this year.

As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky writes, heading into Sunday night’s prime-time matchup against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field, the statistics say the Packers are a rather pedestrian offense. They rank 16th in the NFL in yards, averaging 350.6 yards per game.

There’s probably not enough football left in the season for them to make significant gains, forcing the Packers to accept the fact that this version of their offense hardly resembles McCarthy’s teams of the past and looks nothing like last year’s high-powered machine, which ranked third in the NFL in yards and put up the second-most points in a season in NFL history.

“Well, we’ll see,” McCarthy said this past week, unwilling to completely concede. “But yeah, we are different. There’s no doubt.”

You can read the rest of Demovsky’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/bzwpw8v

*The Detroit Lions have shown signs of life the past few seasons under Jim Schwartz, but still haven’t shaken stigma for perennial losers, opines Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause (http://tinyurl.com/am24vl3).

*The Press-Gazette beat writers predict the outcome of today’s game between the Packers and Lions at Lambeau Field (http://tinyurl.com/bbjmw9l).

*Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty provides three things to watch in today’s game, including the possibility of Don Barclay starting at right tackle and Detroit’s shaky secondary (http://tinyurl.com/awybbq2).

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