Bye-week thoughts: Four takeaways for four games

Alright Packer fans, let’s hit the reset button.

After the first four games of Green Bay’s season, the Packers are firing on all cylinders offensively, and sit at a 4-0 record. A weekend in which we didn’t see the green and gold take the field has gone by and I’m ready to watch our guys again.

But before we get there on Sunday, here’s my four biggest takeaways from the first four games of the young season.

Aaron Rodgers is back

It was clear from the first game of the season at Minnesota, where he dropped dimes and threw four touchdown passes, Rodgers is not messing around this year. He looks rejuvenated both physically and mentally.

In year two of Matt LaFleur’s offense, Rodgers has thrown 13 touchdowns and is the only eligible starting quarterback in the National Football League that has yet to throw an interception.

His QBR through four games is better than Peyton Manning’s in 2013 and Tom Brady’s in 2007. Both of those years the quarterbacks won the regular season MVP and set the passing touchdowns record.

Whatever LaFleur has been putting in Aaron’s Wheaties is working. Rodgers is back in MVP form and cheeseheads are thrilled.

LaFleur’s offensive prowess

While Aaron Rodgers has very publicly been earning attention for the ridiculous start to the first quarter of his season, Matt LaFleur has silently flown under the radar. The Packers hold the top offense in the league and have scored 30-plus points in every game this season.

For all you numbers-nerds, here’s some stats for you. The Packers lead the league in points per drive at 3.67, and highest-percentage of drives ending in a score (64%). LaFleur now holds a 17-3 regular season record since he took over as head coach.

While this is all nice, what might be more impressive is the fact that the offense hasn’t had the same group of guys out there from week-to-week, due to injuries. Which leads me to my next takeaway.

Let’s get healthy

A bye-week is a perfect remedy for a group of dinged-up players. And that’s exactly what Green Bay was after four weeks.

Star players like Davante Adams and Kenny Clark should return after missing games. Those two are game-changers on their sides of the ball.

Adams was off to a great start in the first game against the Vikings and Rodgers mentioned in the Pat McAfee show on Tuesday that he was excited to get him back. Clark’s presence should help an average run defense get a little stouter.

Other players coming back include Equanimeous St. Brown, Kamal Martin, Rashan Gary, Chandon Sullivan, and Marcedes Lewis.

Don’t overreact

I’m trying so hard not to lose my cool with excitement every Sunday. On any given weekend, something could happen that could change the course of the season. I’m trying to enjoy the great start without setting expectations incredibly high – just to potentially be disappointed.

For now, I’m just happy – and I can’t wait to see the Packers take on the Buccaneers on Sunday. Until then, enjoy this video of Aaron Rodgers talking about an excellent pass he made in Super Bowl XLV.

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Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.

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