There's a very good reason the Packers struggled in the passing game yesterday and it had little to do with the offensive line for a change.
As good as Rodgers was in the pre-snap phase of the game last Monday night against the Ravens, he was equally bad yesterday against the Bears. Time and again, the Bears would set themselves, showing Rodgers the look they WANTED him to see and then changed things up at the last second. No where was this more evident than on the play where Briggs came screaming in untouched around the right corner, causing Rodgers to throw short and incomplete.
It was just an excellent game plan by Lovie Smith and the Bears defensive staff and it's something I expect to see a bit more of during the rest of the season. One way McCarthy and Rodgers can combat this sort of thing is to stop taking the playclock down every snap. I realize they use it to try and get the defense to tip their hand, with the Packers using motion to see if the defense shows man or zone, but they would be wise to throw in a silent quick-count every once in awhile, just to be sure the defense doesn't get too comfortable. Because yesterday, the Bears were in sync with the Packers tempo, which is never good for the offense. Rodgers needs to vary the tempo and keep them guessing.
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