Real Deal or Hollow Force: Who are the Green Bay Packers?

Carter BierwirthContributor IOctober 3, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 03: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers moves to avoid Cliff Avril #92 of the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Well, another Sunday has passed and another sloppy Green Bay victory was to show. Typically, I'm most prone to writing articles that either give praise or relative disappointment, and this week is a rather strange situation as I'm a little bit of both.

After what was a very promising offensive show in the first two quarters, Green Bay played defense for pretty much the entire second half, and pulled out the win by the hair on their chins.

Aaron Rodgers was...well, what should I say, he did enough to get the job done, but showed a rather strange overconfidence once the second half rolled around. Sure, this can be a good thing, after all, how many times have those long shots down the field paid off?

When they don't pay off, however, is when the defense has failed to stop anything short of a field goal for the vast majority of the game and it's intercepted. When they finally came up with the stop needed, McCarthy put faith in the rag-tag running game we currently have to finish the job.

Thankfully, John Kuhn has a much better downhill presence then Mr. Jackson. The 250-pound bowling ball helped sustain the crucial first down that sealed the deal. My word for the offense in a nutshell: inconsistent.

As for the defense, God bless Capers for his ingenuity in freeing up good rushers, but let's face facts that Green Bay got off pretty lucky once more. Several dropped balls and slip-ups by Detroit receivers gave way to the Packers staying in the game.

Also, thank God for Charles Woodson who continues to keep up an outstanding level of play for the Pack. Seeing as how the defense was on the field for about 60 percent of the game, they did their job. Holding Detroit to several field goals to keep from full capitalization off turnovers kept Green Bay ahead.

Watching Dom Capers' defense seems to be a cursed blessing. Sure, the guy has many sublime packages that can catch some teams off-guard, but in this latest showing I've seen a pretty vanilla and predictable system. Having no help from the offense tends to place severe pressure on the defenders, but I'll give them credit for not letting Detroit in the end zone for the closing minutes.

There seems to be a regular case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Green Bay's football team. Aaron Rodgers and the offense can look like the most unstoppable force in the league if they should ever bring their A-game—which they seem to do for, on average, about half a football game. The defense has shown the ability to make big plays and stops, but at the same time give up vast amounts of yardage to repeated types of schemes. (Screen pass anyone?)

Apart from that, the Detroit Lions are for sure an up-and-coming team in the NFC North, and I'm already dreading Green Bay having to play them at Ford come Thanksgiving. They were always consistent on offense and made repeated drives down to the goal line. Had it not been for turnovers and penalties they very much would have won the day.

My question for Packer fans moving forward is this: Will the Green Bay Packers ever present us with four quarters of solid football. Time and time again I listen to Rodgers being interviewed post game to the tune of, "We are capable of being better."

Well Mr. Rodgers, that time will have to come quickly. Next week the Packers travel to Washington to take on McNabb and the Redskins. After that it's a vastly improved Dolphins team back home. Followed further by Minnesota and the New York Jets.

I certainly believe the Packers team is capable of better play, but a win is certainly a win. All I can manage to think is that playing the best you can for half of a football game will not carry Green Bay far into the season, needless to say the postseason.

Elite teams will generate consistency on a constant basis. As of right now, I have yet to see if the 2010 Packers can accomplish this feat. Do you think they're ready for the next step?