Packers’ Mid-Season Grades: Offense
The Packers are eight games into their 16-game schedule, so it’s time to grade out the team on both sides of the ball. Today we’ll take a look at the offense. Through eight games, the offense ranks 16th in yards per game, 10th in passing yards per game, 22nd in rushing yards per game, and 13th in points per game. It’s a far cry from their pre-season expectations, but season-ending injuries to running back Ryan Grant in Week 1 and Jermichael Finley in Week 5 have not made things any easier. Here are the grades through the midway point of the 2010 season:
QB – Aaron Rodgers: Many expected Rodgers to put together an MVP-type season, and while he has played well, it hasn’t been at that level. He’s on pace for 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns and has been key in wins over Philadelphia and Minnesota, but there’s a lot to be desired based on what was expected from him. Grade: B
RB – Brandon Jackson: He might not be the Marshawn Lynch or Marion Barber many Packers’ fans wanted, but he has performed admirably under pressure to succeed and has kept the run game relevant in Green Bay. He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and, while he hasn’t received as many carries as a true feature back, he has made the most of them. Grade: B
RB – John Kuhn: It’s been an odd year for Kuhn, who has transitioned from fullback to running back post-Grant injury, but he has done what has been asked of him in situational roles. His running stats aren’t all that impressive but his importance to the offense is undeniable. Grade: C+
WR – Greg Jennings:
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