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27 Days Until Training Camp: Can Packers Score 27?

With 27 days until the first practice of training camp, the Packers have averaged 27 points during Matt LaFleur's tenure and scored at least 27 points 27 times.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – During Matt LaFleur’s three-year run as Green Bay Packers coach, his high-octane team ranks fifth in the NFL with 27.2 points per game.

Can the Packers get to that lofty mark again without Davante Adams?

That’s going to be the obvious challenge as LaFleur reboots for another run at an elusive Super Bowl. The Packers have won an NFL-high 39 games the past three seasons – an unprecedented three consecutive seasons of 13 wins that has led only to playoff heartbreak.

A big reason for that success, obviously, was Adams’ superlative play. Over the last three seasons, Adams ranks second among receivers in receptions (321; Cooper Kupp, 331), receiving yards (3,924; Kupp, 4,082) and receiving touchdowns (34; Mike Evans, 35).

During that span, Adams averaged 107 receptions, 1,308 yards and 11.3 touchdowns. The Packers’ projected starting trio of Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins and Randall Cobb combined for 85 receptions, 1,282 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

With LaFleur on the job, the Packers have scored at least 27 points 27 times – tied for sixth-most in the NFL. Green Bay is a resounding 23-4 in those games. The losses include last year’s finale at Detroit, with Rodgers, Adams and most of the key players planted on the sideline for most of the game. The other losses: at Minnesota last year, at Indianapolis in 2020 and home against Philadelphia in 2019, when Adams was injured late in the game.

Obviously, the Packers might have to win games in a different fashion this year. In an all-time quirky stat, they won all seven games without Adams the past three seasons. The Packers averaged 31.6 points in those games – 4.2 than their overall mark. Having running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon will certainly help with the transition.

“I think the way that we’ve played in his absence in the last seven games or so over the last three years, it has been different,” Rodgers said during minicamp. “Obviously, Aaron Jones has had more opportunities in those games. Now that we have an incredibly complementary second back, we can get both those guys involved in the passing game. We look for a bounce-back year from Bobby (Tonyan) when he’s healthy.

“Last year, when you have a guy [Adams] who’s that talented, it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that 80 percent of the plays in the passing game were designed specifically for 17, so we’re obviously going to do some things a little different.”

Green Bay’s defense, which didn’t play well down the stretch last season but dominated the playoff loss to the 49ers, could be fantastic with the return of Jaire Alexander and the additions of Quay Walker, Devonte Wyatt and Jarran Reed.

“Of course, when I saw we signed Jarran Reed, it was a big smile on my face,” star outside linebacker Rashan Gary said. “Just knowing our abilities and knowing our capabilities as a unit, it’s going to be scary. Once we get our communication down and we’re all on the same page, it’s going to be good.”

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