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Packers Offense Thriving by Experiencing Red-Zone Success, Eschewing Long Field Goals

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Packers Offense Thriving by Experiencing Red-Zone Success, Eschewing Long Field Goals

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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Wenis's picture

Too bad Capers, McCarthy and the defense failed to show up in a big game for the 2nd year in a row.

VApackerfan's picture

it's a loss. The only option we have now is listen to cow's ultimate wisdom. his persistent week after week pessimistic attitude is the way to approach each game. After all, you already beat the odds of winning or going to Super Bowl by betting against your team. So here's to you cow. So put on that purple Fabre jersey of yours and I will put on my Jennings jersey and we can both cry. You can cry about the Vikings future and I will pout about the end of the packers run which you so knew about. I will gain all-awesome knowledge from you and how to "keep things in perspective". Cheers!

Sixtus's picture

Hello, VAPackerFan the Packers just got punched in the mouth and the got an upper cut knockout punch! Two years is unexceptable! The Packers where supposed to win three Super Bowls in a row! Totally disappointing and not Packer Football or a winning culture!

VApackerfan's picture

"The Packers were supposed to win three superbowls in a row". What world do you live in? This is the NFL, not a Madden football game. If you put all your stock in what the media outlets say in their early year super bowl predictions, then you need to re-think your view of this game. Every year defensive coordinators are doing new things, offenses are running new schemes, quarterbacks are changing. The NFL has always been evolving into something new. This is not a guaranteed league.

"Two years is unacceptable." Do you know how many teams that would love to get to the playoffs, let alone the super bowl? It has been 13 years since the Bills have been in, 10 years for the Raiders and Browns. This is a competitive league. I would agree with you that we were knocked out last night. However, the 49ers are simply the better team. They were in week 1 and they are in the playoffs. I'm pissed about the loss just as the next Packer fan, but to say this is not a winning culture or Packer football is just stupid. Go back and re-watch our games this year. What we lacked throughout the season was exploited yesterday. We have not had the 2011 "on fire" offense like we expected all year. Everyone talked about how we were almost there, but we never made it. Our run defense has been suspect all year. The 49ers running all over us is not a surprise. Changes need to be made, schemes need to change, but overall we have a good core of guys. I'm personally excited about Dujaun Harris. But seriously, you need to re-think how you think about the NFL or else every year is superbowl or bust...this is a competitive league.

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