The Packers’ offense was off to a prolific start before injuries set in, joining the 1991 Buffalo Bills as the only teams in NFL history to register 85-plus points and 1,000-plus total yards in the first two games of a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Then, Adams tweaked his hamstring injury in the second half against the Lions and missed the next two games. A week later, Lazard was injured against the Saints and then Jones tweaked his calf prior to facing Houston and missed two games himself.
Green Bay, to its credit, remains one of the league’s most potent offenses despite the injuries. The Packers are third in scoring, sixth in both total offense and passing offense, and 11th in rushing. No offense has possessed the ball more than Matt LaFleur’s unit (33:08 per game) this season.
And, as the offense gets healthier, it’s the Packers’ hope they can easily get back on the explosive path they started the season.
“I’m expecting it to look just like that,” said Adams. “Obviously Allen’s not perfect so he’s not going to come in and make every single play, but we just want him to come in and get acclimated, get to a point where he feels comfortable out there and however he contributes he’ll be able to contribute whenever that is. We trust him and we obviously know what he’s capable of, so it will only make us better as an offense.”
Similarly with Lazard, this, too, will be an important week of preparation for Adams, who left momentarily with an ankle injury this past Sunday against Jacksonville before returning to make a leaping 6-yard TD grab that turned out to be the game-winner.
The Packers played it smart with their star receiver on Wednesday, as Adams was a limited participant in the first practice of the season at renovated Hinkle Field.
“I’m just playing it slow right now and just letting it heal up as much as possible,” Adams said. “We’re doing all of the right things to make sure I can be on top of the game by Sunday. I’m not even going to go there as far as guaranteeing if I’m playing or not, but that’s the idea.”