After two weeks of fast paced, explosive victories over the Houston Texans and the St. Louis Rams, the Green Bay Packers (5-3) offense hit a speed bump against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6). The Jaguars, who are the worst team in the NFL, were in the game until the final ten minutes when Aaron Rodgers connected with Donald Driver for a 4-yard touchdown and Mason Crosby sealed the deal with a 25-yard field goal.
This was after Crosby missed a field goal earlier in the game.
“The way we played on offense, especially the last couple weeks, the expectations were we were going to come out and maybe blow them out,” said Rodgers. “But we didn’t start fast, we didn’t have enough juice early on and didn’t play well enough on offense to get that done.”
The Packers also learned how important John Kuhn had been to their offense. Before the game, Rodgers had hinted at how important Kuhn, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury, was on third down plays. On those plays, Kuhn provided a big block that allowed Rodgers to make downfield passes. Kuhn was also used a lead blocker for the Packers run game. With him, the Packers have some form of a run game. Without him, their run game was almost non existent.
There were two positives on the offensive side. With his two touchdown passes, Rodgers passed Bart Starr into 2nd place on Green Bay’s all time touchdown list. He now has 153 touchdowns as a Packer. Brett Favre leads the team with 442. Donald Driver also set a record by playing in his 200th game. He is the 22nd wide receiver to ever play in that many games.