Packers offensive play on pressure downs rises to near-perfect

Mike McCarthy. Image by Green Bay Packers/TODAY'S TMJ4

Packers offensive play on pressure downs rises to near-perfect

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Oct 29, 2013

When TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan told Packers coach Mike McCarthy that his team accomplished a feat the Packers hadn't done since at least before 1970, all Mike McCarthy could utter was "wow."

The feat: 15 conversions on third or fourth down when beating the Minnesota Vikings, 44-31 on Sunday night.

In fact, the only times they failed on third down, they either converted on fourth down or got points out of the drive with a field goal.

"That's a lot of conversions," McCarthy finally added during the "Mike McCarthy Show," which airs on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26. 

"We really needed to do a better job as an offense on third down.  There has been a focus there.  Our offensive players have done a great job of that."

McCarthy credited Edgar Bennett, who not only serves as receivers coach, but coordinator of third down plays.  "We had a great package," said McCarthy.0

Of coruse, it always helps to have arguably the best quarterback in pro football, Aaron Rodgers, as your trigger man.

"At the end of the day, Aaron does an excellent job extending plays."