Through a combination of red-zone success and eschewing long field goals by electing to go for it on fourth down, the Green Bay Packers offense has been successful as of late.
Whether it’s just coincidence or a conscious effort to avoid trotting out kicker Mason Crosby for long-distance field goals, it’s worked.
Ever since going 0 for 2 on field goal attempts in a win over the Chicago Bears in Week 15, the Packers have elected to pass on field goal attempts of 41, 51, 54 and 55 yards, instead choosing to go for it on fourth down.
Despite a reluctance to attempt these long-distance kicks, Crosby has still hit on his last 5 for 5 attempts over the past three games, which has only helped in putting up points on the scoreboard.
The Packers have converted on 4 of 5 fourth down attempts in the past three games. On all four conversions, they’ve gone onto score points, two touchdowns and two field goals.
They’ve also scored touchdowns on 15 of their last 17 red-zone trips (a rate of 88.2 percent), which also means the Packers are more often than not scoring seven points via touchdown rather than settling for three.
To that end, it should come as no surprise that the Packers have averaged 30.7 points per game over their past six contests.
For a team looking to advance past Saturday’s divisional round game against the 49ers and advance to the conference championship next weekend, it would obviously behoove the Packers to achieve more offensive success.
If these trends were to continue, it would only improve the Packers’ chances.
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