October 28, 2021

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Packers not panicking over red-zone woes

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Packers not panicking over red-zone woes

“More aggressive doesn’t mean throw the ball more,” Rodgers said. “It just means we have a ton of scheme down there, and let’s keep rolling it off the sheet.”

The late-game stalls in the last two road games have been especially frustrating.

At San Francisco, the Packers led by three points and had a first down at the 49ers’ 26, eventually reaching the 20, but had to settle for a field goal when a touchdown would have made it a two-score game.

At Cincinnati, Aaron Jones’ long fourth-quarter run and De’Vondre Campbell’s overtime interception both put the ball on the Bengals’ 18, and both opportunities turned into Mason Crosby misses with the score tied.

This week at Chicago, improving efficiency won’t be easy. The Bears’ defense not only ranks in the top 10 in both yards (eighth) and points (tied for seventh) allowed, but it’s third in the red zone, permitting just six TDs in 16 opponent possessions (37.5%).

Chicago also has prevented six red-zone possessions from producing any points at all, tied for most in the league with Buffalo.

Last year’s standard may be impossible to live up to, as Rodgers himself called 80% “crazy.” But the Packers know they can be better, and did have one 2020-like game in scoring situations, going 4-for-4 in the red zone Week 2 vs. Detroit.

The belief is they’ve done it before, they’ll do it again. Given the confidence the plays are there and ready to be called, exactly what LaFleur starts dialing up ought to be fun to watch.

“Part of what we do is try to keep Mase off the field as much as possible, bring him on for those PATs,” Adams said. “Our identity is putting points on the board, and that’s how you put pressure on teams and really assert your dominance is by scoring touchdowns. That’s the main thing.”