McCarren: Expect WR Jennings to play for Packers Sunday

CREATED Nov 29, 2012

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers certainly have their offensive issues after scoring just 10 points in their debacle last Sunday against the New York Giants.

Having Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings on the field may be a big help to the Packers increasing that output when they battle the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

"If you're going to bet the ranch, bet the ranch that Greg Jennings is going to play, and is going to play quite a bit," said Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers color commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 reporter Larry McCarren on "Wisconsin's Morning News."

"I see he had all last week to get his legs underneath him.  He's practicing a lot.  He may not play as many snaps as normal, but I think he'll play a significant amount."

Jennings must play a part in the Packers' offensive improvement. 

However, to McCarren, better execution and different offensive philosophies should also play a part.

"There's a number of things they can do.  Certainly, they revolve around doing what you're supposed to do well," explained McCarren. 

"The other thing, if they can develop or have an effective running game that people respect, that's one of the easiest things to change the dimension.  It also slows down pass rush.  Unfortunately, to this point, people don't respect the Packers running game, and the defensive coordinator for the opponent says, 'We're going to make them beat us with the running game, because we're not going to allow their big play receivers and big play quarterback to make plays.' "