It has been obvious to every close observer of the Packers that the passing offense just hasn’t been the same this season. It’s also obvious that the season-ending loss of TE Jermichael Finley, who appeared to be the offense’s primary receiving weapon, is greatly responsible for the unit’s decline in productivity. But that doesn’t explain the often indifferent play this season of a Packers receiver corps that reportedly will be missing veteran Donald Driver against Dallas. Driver has been a nonfactor lately because of a nagging quad injury that the Packers hope two weeks off — counting next week’s bye — will fully heal.
In the meantime, the onus is on WRs James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and possibly Brett Swain, to effectively complement Greg Jennings in Green Bay’s receiving arsenal against a Cowboys secondary coming off a very lackluster effort against the Jaguars. Jacksonville receivers caught four TD passes against Dallas last week, with Mike Sims-Walker going particularly wild with eight catches for 153 yards and a TD.
Jones deserves prominent placement on the "hot seat" after looking like God’s gift two games ago against Minnesota (4-107) and God-awful (five targets, zero catches) against the Jets last Sunday.