The Green Bay Packers moved back toward their roots in the West Coast offense with good, but not great, results.
They surely accomplished their most important goal on Sunday at Lambeau Field, beating the under-talented and short-handed Detroit Lions 26-0 in a game that was about as easy as wins come in the NFL.
But the Packers also are searching for the rhythm to an offense that figured to be one of the NFL’s best but instead has been underwhelming early in the 2009 season.
To that end, they turned to more of a short, ball-control passing game that moved the ball with far more ease (435 yards) than in the previous four games.
But it was far from an unmitigated success because of familiar problems that have short-circuited them since the start of the regular season, namely penalties (seven on offense) and leaky pass protection that though improved from their last game at Minnesota, still allowed five sacks.