Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is greeted by fans after defeating the Detroit Lions 22-9 at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Why Green Bay Packers should be concerned: Red Zone Scoring


Ever since Aaron Rodgers has taken over for the Green Bay Packers, the team has had one of the most high-powered offenses in all of football. While that continues the be the case in regard to points, there is a reason to be concerned about the Packers in 2013.

Through five weeks of the NFL season, the Packers rank third in points per game with 29.5 and fourth in red zone touchdowns with 2.2 per game. These are numbers that we have come to expect from Mike McCarthy’s squad. However, when you take a deeper look inside the numbers, one important statistic jumps out.

When inside the opponent’s 20 yard line, Green Bay has only scored touchdowns 56.25% of the time, good for 14th in the league. With Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and company, they will remain a big play threat at all times, but the lack of ability to score touchdowns in the red zone could be seen as very worrisome. For instance, they were exposed in a Week 3 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals and their stout defensive front.

If Green Bay wants to make a deep playoff run, they must do a better job at coming away with touchdowns instead of field goals. Teams like the Bengals, Saints, and Chiefs will make them pay otherwise.

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