NFL  > Green Bay Packers  > Green Bay Packers: 6 Things About This Team That Infuriate Fans
November 10, 2011, 02:45 PM
Packers fans don't really have a whole lot to complain about this season. After all, they're undefeated and their quarterback is dominating the NFL MVP race with a nearly perfect year as they strive for a repeat. Yet, despite how good things have been in Titletown of late, there are still a few things about this team that can infuriate fans at times.

Here are six things that are driving cheeseheads crazy in 2011:

6. Punts and Field Goals. Green Bay is averaging nearly 35 points per game and fans have come to expect touchdowns on nearly every drive. Thus, anything less, such as a punt, field goal, or turnover, is simply disappointing.

5. Early deficits. The Packers have fallen behind early in nearly all of their road games this season. The Panthers, Falcons, Vikings, and Chargers have all forced the Pack to come back from behind to win. While they've always been able to overcome these deficits, the Packers have managed to make fans nervous and annoyed in the early goings. They expect domination right from the start and anything less is infuriating.

4. Late Game Strategy. Mike McCarthy is known for playing it safe with the lead as the end of the game draws near, but this strategy has caused some close finishes for the Packers. Fans would rather a less conservative approach be used to put away teams with their explosive offense, instead of relying on their suddenly shaky defense to seal the deal. This strategy has been effective at times with the power-running of James Starks, but other times it has resulted in high anxiety for a majority of Packers fans.

3. Sacks. Packers fans cringe when Aaron Rodgers is taken down for a sack or nailed in the backfield. All hopes of another Super Bowl win reside in the health of their quarterback, who suffered two concussions last season. Rodgers has been sacked 20 times in 2011 behind a injury-riddled offensive line and everyone in Green Bay would love to see that number stay down in the second half.

2. Big Plays. The Packers secondary has succumbed a slew of big plays this season, giving up huge chunks of yardage. In fact, they are currently next to last in the league in pass defense and this is especially infuriating when they were supposed to be one of best units in the NFL in 2011. This one flaw in Green Bay may be what keeps them from a repeat.

1. Dropped Passes. Nothing frustrates Rodgers more than when his receivers drop perfectly placed passes, staining his once spotless stats. Packers fans also reel when a potential touchdown or much needed first down throw falls to the turf un-caught. So many missed opportunities occur when a drive is stalled by a devastating drop.

Special Teams is another concern. Year in and year out the Packers must have the worst ST's of any team in the league it seems to Packer fans. Whenever a new NFL record is established during a game, it seems it's done against a packer team. Why can't these people hire the best? Apparently it's a low priority until an important enough game is blown because of it. I would have made this one number one, but it's a HUGE concern EVERY year, so it's a no brain-er!
November 10, 2011  02:45 PM ET

LOL*****TROLL FREE ZONE*****LOL

November 10, 2011  03:10 PM ET

Dude...this is a place to discuss football with other fans. It's not for you to talk with yourself!!

November 10, 2011  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Dude...this is a place to discuss football with other fans. It's not for you to talk with yourself!!

But he's so good at it.

November 10, 2011  03:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

But he's so good at it.

Touche`

November 10, 2011  03:38 PM ET

It's tough being 8-0 with the 2nd highest scoring offense. so many problems! Hope they don't fall off the cliff.

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November 10, 2011  03:55 PM ET

You know how many teams would love to have these "problems"? About 31 others.

First of all, the game of football is a human creation, thereby it's flawed, because it's played by humans, NOT ROBOTS. If the game didn't have all of these human elements in it, then it would be perfect, and perfect does NOT create excitement.

If you want a game that has no errors, or room for improvement, try video games. That's one of the things that make football exciting...........not knowing if your team will win or lose.

If all the Packers fans thought as you, then I'd advise them to get a life, but it's a good thing they don't. This is all conjecture on your part.

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November 10, 2011  05:52 PM ET
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#7)........your defense is giving-up wayyy too many points [chargers, vikes, etc.].

This can hurt the packers in a NY minute, if Rogers goes down NO WAY a #2 can come in and save a few games. The defense would have to step up.

November 10, 2011  05:55 PM ET
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Nobody like's perfection.

Really?

November 10, 2011  05:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

#7)........your defense is giving-up wayyy too many points [chargers, vikes, etc.].

The Packers defense is dead last in the NFC allowing 400 yards per game.

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November 10, 2011  09:09 PM ET
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Dude...this is a place to discuss football with other fans. It's not for you to talk with yourself!!

Apparently you can't read, troll. How's that for a message?

 
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