If anyone should be excited about the Green Bay Packers being 2-0, it’s Matt LaFleur. The offense was humming for the second straight week in a 42-21 win over the Detroit Lions. Sunday’s win also marked the eighth straight win for LaFleur against NFC North opponents moving him to 8-0. His team is undefeated and the offense is dominating, however, the second-year head coach still isn’t satisfied.
“Am I happy with where we are? Yeah, I think we’ve done a lot of great things. Do I think there’s a lot to improve upon? No doubt about it,” said LaFleur.
There’s a lot to like, but there’s a lot to improve upon at the same time.”
LaFleur specifically pointed to some red zone play calls he made, and the Packers having to punt after moving the ball to the Detroit 18 during the second quarter as things they needed to clean up. The team has also been guilty of wasting timeouts after failing to get settled at the line of scrimmage. Perhaps he’s being picky, but Green Bay’s coach is striving for perfection. And through two weeks of 2020, they’ve gotten pretty close.
In route to their 2-0 start, the offense has gained 1,010 yards and put up 85 points. The 1991 Bills are the only other team to post such statistics. Historic numbers for one of the most storied franchises in league history. Led by Aaron Rodgers, this offense can do no wrong. It’s still early but Rodgers has looked like his old self, completing 67.6% of his passes for 604 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 119.4 passer rating.
Running back Aaron Jones pitched in Sunday with a career-high 236 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard touchdown run to begin the second half. Wide receiver Davante Adams had a career day in week one against the Minnesota Vikings, logging 156 yards, two touchdowns, and 14 receptions, tying the franchise record set by Don Hutson.
The individual performances have been great if not special, but LaFleur deserves a bulk of the credit. In year two, this offense is light years ahead of where they were in 2019. Guys are more comfortable and their roles are much more defined. LaFleur will continue to work to get this offense to new heights, but they are already exceeding expectations two games into the season.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.