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Cardinals vs. Packers Q&A: What is going on with the Green Bay Packers

Jason B. Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Company talks to us about Packers this season.

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This Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals travel to Lambeau Field to take on the reeling Green Bay Packers.

We wanted to take time over the next couple of days to get to know the Packers and what the heck went wrong this season and Jason B. Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Company was nice enough to drop by and give us a look at it.


1. After week one, the question was how soon Aaron Rodgers could be fully healthy. Despite Rodgers not missing any games, the season has gone poorly for the Packers. If you remove the Rodgers injury issues, what has been the other keys to the season going the wrong way for the Pack?


The offensive play-calling has proven to be the Packers’ biggest issues this season, including Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury. While the offense has worked in spurts, it too often grinds to a halt after the scripted portion of the game plan concludes. In particular, Green Bay has made bewildering decisions on third down that have killed numerous drives every week. In short, Green Bay frequently eschews a short, chain-moving play for a kill shot on third down.

But the Packers have struggled in other areas over the course of the season. Before their Week 7 bye, the offense had converted red-zone trips into touchdowns just over half of the time, a decline of 10 percent from the previous season. That figure has improved lately, but the team has also made fewer trips to the red zone. Either way, Green Bay hasn’t done enough to put points on the board.

That’s something to keep in the back of your mind Arizona Cardinals fans as the Cardinals may make another foray into the coaching pool. Mike McCarthy struggling to get points on the board with Aaron Rodgers.

Thanks to Jason and check out his work at APC.