Was Aaron Rogers right telling fans to relax?
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. ( Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
(C+P) — It has been a few weeks since Aaron Rodgers told everyone to relax and not panic over early season issues. He was right: the Green Bay Packers proceeded to pull off four wins in a row. They did hit a speed bump last week against a New Orleans Saints team that has been a bottom feeder so far in 2014. Maybe things are not in such a relaxed state this week after such a loss. New Orleans is still a tough place to play even in a down year for the NFC South team, but a bigger issue was Jordy Nelson’s low output in the game. 25 yards was the wideout’s lowest yardage total of the year so far.
Jordy Nelson has to get more than three catches if the Packers are to continue on their march to the playoffs. The team certainly can’t rely on the defense to win games, so putting up big points is the only way Green Bay will beat quality teams in the postseason. Nelson has to be a big part of that equation week in and week out. Early in the year, Nelson was being compared to Calvin Johnson; and although that may have been a stretch, the numbers bore out that fact. Nelson has become just as valuable to the Pack as Megatron is to the Lions.
Rodgers does have other weapons to go to besides Jordy Nelson. Randall Cobb continues to emerge as a young star with a league leading nine touchdowns at wideout. The backfield tandem of Eddie Lacy and James Starks has been playing at a high level as well this season. Multiple offensive options are going to be needed if the Packers are to overcome the rest of the NFC in the second half of the season. Nelson has to continue to be at the top of the list of those options, however; and Rodgers needs to target him early and often to get him in the flow of each game.
Nelson is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards at the moment with 737 yards, and the Packers still have eight games left in the regular season. The Packers will need to keep Nelson heavily involved in the offense if they plan on winning the NFC North again this season.