Todd Korth: Head coach Mike McCarthy opted to spread the offense out and pass against the Chargers rather than run against San Diego's defense, led by nose tackle Jamal Williams. Green Bay threw the ball for 47 of its 60 offensive plays, and it helped that Brett Favre was sharp with his passes, including the go-ahead 57-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings late in the fourth quarter.
McCarthy and Favre have been on the same page in recent weeks, and it is paying off in the form of victories for the Packers and few turnovers. Favre has thrown just two interceptions this season and that's a result of making better decisions with short- to mid-range passes.
Tim Yotter: Has the offensive line been a dramatic improvement over what they had last year?
Todd Korth: The line has been disappointing to fans and the coaching staff. It has struggled with run-blocking, though, it improved last week in pass blocking by not allowing Favre to be sacked.
The Packers have two rookie running backs in the backfield – second-round pick, running back Brandon Jackson, and sixth-round pick, fullback Korey Hall, so that may have something to do with the production of the running game. When running back Vernand Morency, the ‘veteran' of the backfield returns from his knee injury, the line might actually ‘look' better because Morency, a third-year pro, is proven runner in the zone-blocking scheme.
Tim Yotter: The three top wide receivers contributed for 16 catches last Sunday. Do you believe the Packers will have the full complement at nearly full health against Minnesota?
Todd Korth: Yes. Donald Driver injured his knee against the Chargers, but expect him to be on the field. He is tough as nails, and at 32 years old, he continues to impress everyone looking on with his ability to make big plays. Greg Jennings returned from a hamstring injury against San Diego and is expected to play. Rookie James Jones and second-year pro Ruvell Martin are next on the depth chart, so the Packers will be at full strength at wide receiver.
Tim Yotter: So far, the Packers only have five sacks over three games. Is there anything you can point to for that decline when guys like Aaron Kampman and Cullen Jenkins are considered so adept at getting to the quarterback?
Todd Korth: Packers defensive ends coach Carl "Big Daddy" Hairston told me this week that Kampman and Jenkins are getting double-teamed quite often, much more than last season. Kampman has one sack and Jenkins doesn't have any, but they will get their sacks because the strength of the defense is the defensive line. Defensive tackle Corey Williams has two sacks and has thrived next to veteran defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.
Tim Yotter: Have the Packers at least tried to establish the running game early in their first three wins or have they been content to just let Brett Favre coming out slinging it early?
Todd Korth: McCarthy has made a half-hearted attempt, but the number of passing plays has out-weighed the number of rushing attempts. The closest the Packers have come to 50-50 was in Week 2 against the New York Giants when Green Bay rushed the ball 29 times compared to 38 pass attempts.
In a roundabout way, the Packers are running by passing. Favre has dumped short passes to the running backs on about 25 percent of his total completions thus far.
Editor's note: Korth comments on more questions from Yotter in Behind the Enemy Lines on Saturday on PackerReport.com.