It is definitely a case of Good News/Bad News coming out of 1265 Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay.
The good news is the Packers hung on for a hard-fought, 19-17 win over the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday.
The bad news — make that worse news — is they lost two huge offensive weapons in the process.
Last week, it was the defensive depth chart that took a huge hit, specifically the linebackers.
Today, it was the offense’s turn in the barrel as receivers James Jones and the versatile Randall Cobb both went down with knee injuries.
Look for the ‘Help Wanted’ sign to be posted outside General Manager Ted Thompson’s office in the wake.
“Wanted: Able bodies to catch leather spheroid. Experience a plus. Quarterback will be provided.
The red zone woes and difficulty in converting third downs continues to plague the offense.
But, Eddie Lacy and the power running game is in full swing.
Lacy toted the biscuit 23 times for 120 yards, a 5.2 yard per carry average.
Mason Crosby had his first miss of the season, but he connected on four more for a total of nine in the last two weeks.
The offensive line has not been able to keep Rodgers vertical, leaving him to move around, preventing the offense from getting into a rhythm.
He was forced out of the pocket too many times and the frustration was clearly written on his face.
The Pack continued to have trouble finding their way to the end zone.
The failure to convert on third downs, regardless of the yardage, is an issue not yet rectified.
Mason Crosby opened the scoring with a 45-yard field goal.
Both defenses showed themselves to be stingy in the early going.
Rodgers was sacked twice in the first quarter, coughing up the ball on the second one.
Don Barclay fell on the drop, however, erasing the turnover.
Lacy came out smoking as head coach Mike McCarthy continued to fold in more balance with the ground game.
The absence of Clay Matthews wasn’t immediately felt.
A.J Hawk got his first of two sacks of the year, shutting down the Ravens initial drive.
A blocked punt did nothing but give the ball back to the Ravens as John Kuhn swiped at it but failed to maintain possession..
The momentum shift gave Baltimore a boost and they drove down to the two yard line.
On fourth and goal from the two, head coach John Harbaugh decided to go for the touchdown.
B.J. Raji and the secondary came up big, extinguishing the attempt.
The teams traded punts and GB DB Micah Hyde took his return to the 48-yard line, the first breathing room since the opening drive.
A long Rodgers pass to Jordy Nelson provided a glimmer of hope that the Pack would find the end zone.
Crosby registered his only miss thus far from 44 yards out.
On the next play, Raven QB Joe Flacco had the ball chopped out of his hands.
First round pick Datone Jones picked it up and gamboled down as time was ticking away in the half.
The change of possession gave the Packers a reprieve and Crosby responded with a 31-yard three-pointer and a 6-0 lead at the half.
The Packers were mounting another decent drive.
But Jimmy Smith stepped in front of Jordy Nelson in the end zone and picked off Rodgers.
Neither offense was tearing it up.
Crosby did pick up the slack knocking through a 50-yarder for a 9-0 gap with 6:06 left in the third.
A Flacco to Marlon Brown connection covering 59 yards gave Baltimore a first and goal on the Green Bay eight.
Great coverage in the secondary, most notably by rookie Micah Hyde, forced the blackbirds to get on the board with a 23-yard Justin Tucker field goal.
That narrowed the lead to 9-3 at the 4:54 mark.
The ice, i.e. the invisible plane, was finally broken on the Packers next possession when Rodgers wound up and heaved a 64-yard bomb to an so-very wide open Nelson for a the game’s first touchdown with 2:12 left in the stanza.
The sigh of relief came attached with a 16-3 lead.
Flacco and his mates answered the wakeup call with their best drive, culminating in an 11-yard TD pass to Jacoby Jones.
The Pack’s lead was trimmed to 16-10 with 11:52 left in the contest.
The defenses on both sides appeared to be tiring a little bit as this one wore on.
Crosby’s second 31-yarder and fourth of the game made it 19-10 with 4:17 to play.
The Ravens weren’t finished.
Flacco managed to cover the 90 yards in just over two minutes fueled by a 59 yard completion to Tandon Doss and an all-too easy strike to Dallas Clark for a touch.
The Green Bay lead had dissipated to 19-17 with just 2:04 to play.
A Rodgers missive to Jermichael Finley had the Packers just outside the red zone.
Lacy’s running allowed GB to vacuum up the remaining Baltimore timeouts and Rodgers took a knee to end it.
The Packers come back to Lambeau Field next Sunday when the rejuvenated Cleveland Browns pay a visit.
Kickoff is slated for 3:25 p.m. CDT.
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