The Green Bay Packers have quickly silenced the doubters through their first two games of the 2020 season. It has seen their offense lead the charge behind its league-best production that has been much more than Aaron Rodgers‘ output. However, the team has a lingering concern that head coach Matt LaFleur has quickly quieted Packers fans’ uneasiness.
Packers off to strong start in the 2020 season
The Packers headed into the 2020 season with doubts around the team achieving sustained success.
Green Bay has shown more than just that as they possess the league’s highest-producing offense through the first two games. They currently rank first with 42.5 points per contest, 505.0 total offensive yards per game, and 208.5 rushing yards per contest.
The Packers are hitting their stride well beyond the stellar play from star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has a balanced offensive attack that has created many problems for opposing defenses. However, the team did suffer a notable injury with Davante Adams’ hamstring flare-up.
With that in mind, head coach Matt LaFleur has quickly downplayed the concerns over the situation.
Matt LaFleur speaks optimistically about Davante Adams’ injury
The Packers have moved toward an impressive 2-0 start to the 2020 season behind their highly-productive offense.
However, the franchise is dealing with a hamstring injury to Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams. He suffered the injury during the first half of the Week 2 win against the Detroit Lions. In light of that, head coach Matt LaFleur has downplayed the situation, according to Ryan Wood and Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“I know he wanted to go back in the game,” LaFleur said. “I just told him, ‘Hey, let’s see how these next few series go, and see if we need you’ Obviously, he’s a huge part of what we do offensively and a key member of this football team. If we don’t need him, we didn’t want to put him back in a position to do further harm to his own body.”
LaFleur’s comments present the feeling that Adams’ injury isn’t as bad as many anticipated as he attempted to return in Sunday’s contest. If anything, the Packers are taking the precautionary approach given his value and importance to their offensive game plan.
There should be more clarity on this front as the week moves along with his availability in practice being a telling sign. In the meantime, the concerns should dwindle with what looks to be a minor injury.
Packers’ tough task ahead against the Saints
The Packers have rolled through the first two games of the 2020 season, but have a formidable challenge in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans is coming off a tough loss on Monday night against the Las Vegas Raiders. Much of the concerns lie with Drew Brees’ performance as he has struggled without star wideout Michael Thomas. The Saints are likely to roll in Week 3 without Thomas in the mix, which could tilt things further in Green Bay’s favor.
New Orleans defense has played well given the circumstances, but it’s a matchup that will favor the Packers’ red-hot offense. Regardless if Davante Adams plays, the Packers other wide receivers in Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Allen Lazard have each stepped up. Meanwhile, Aaron Jones is coming off a dominant performance with 168 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with four catches for 68 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Ultimately, it’s an opportunity for Green Bay to put a bigger stamp on their encouraging start and march toward the playoffs.