It’s safe to say that the Green Bay Packers did not see the results they wanted during the Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Miscommunications, poor execution, drops, injuries – whatever could go wrong, did. After the game, Aaron Rodgers spoke on how the team’s mental errors were too much to overcome.
“It’s the mental stuff that we just can’t have because we’re hurting ourselves, whether we’re going the wrong way on a block or missing a protection-something, missing a hot, not running the right route, the right depth,” Rodgers told reporters. “There were just too many mental mistakes….
“There was just too many preparation issues. It was surprising.”
It all started when rookie wideout Christian Watson dropped what would’ve been a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game. From that point on, the offense -nor defense- never found a rhythm en route to the 23-7 shellacking.
Things won’t get any easier against a tough Chicago Bears defense that just held the San Francisco 49ers to 10 points, but the latest news out of Packers camp is bound to make Rodgers happy.
That’s because wide receiver Allen Lazard is expected to play on Sunday night, per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter. Lazard missed last week’s game after he suffered an ankle injury during a prior practice. The fourth-year receiver not only has a ton of time-on-task and chemistry with Rodgers, but he is expected to be the team’s No. 1 pass-catcher in 2022.
Packers’ WR Allen Lazard, listed as questionable for Sunday night due to a sprained ankle, is expected to play vs. the Bears, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2022
Lazard’s presence is not only big for the passing game, but it’s also big for the running game. Lazard is a willing and very good run blocker. The Packers’ MO in 2022 is to run the ball, so he’ll certainly be an asset. Especially if offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins miss this game.
This is a big game for the Packers, who will avoid a combined 0-2 start and will keep the Bears from starting 2-0 with a win. Lazard’s return can certainly help the Packers’ chances of doing just that.
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