Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers and offense sent major warning by ESPN analyst

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers checks the clock against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half during their NFL football game in Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers could be in for a long season offensively according to ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky. 

Having led the Green Bay Packers to the #1 seed in the NFC and won the league MVP in each of the past two seasons, you would be forgiven in thinking that this season was going to be more of the same for Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the team.

Despite losing his top wide receiver in Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, there are still plenty of weapons for him to work with, including league veterans Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins and Allen Lazard as well as promising youngster Christian Watson who they took in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft this spring.

However, on the opening Sunday of the NFL season against the Minnesota Vikings, they didn’t live up to expectations or make up the slack for the departing Adams as they were left embarrassed by a score of 23-7 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

In perhaps the biggest example of how bad things were for the Packers, rookie receiver Watkins let a ball sail through his hands when he had the endzone at his mercy early in the 4th quarter that could very well have set the tone for the rest of the game and perhaps earned the team a different outcome:

Video: Christian Watson drops easy touchdown despite being wide open:

But according to Dan Orlovsky, the wide receivers are just a small part of what is a very worrying position for the Green Bay Packers to find themselves in, and their offensive line, who gave up four sacks of Rodgers on the day, needs to improve as well if they are to have any success this season.

Aaron Rodgers needs all the help he can

Speaking on ESPN’s Get Up, Orlovsky talked about the way the offense works together from the snap of the ball to the end of the play, and that without Adams there to bail them out, there is a lot of work that needs to be done, because if they don’t then this could be an awful long season for the team:

Video: Dan Orlovsky discusses problems for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers:

Now obviously this is just Week 1, there are 16 more games for them to play and to get things right, but it is still a very worrying sign for them in a division that could very easily see the Vikings as legitimate contenders to be crowned kings of the NFC North.

And it could well be fine margins like these that ultimately result in the Packers taking a step back compared to where they have been in recent seasons.

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