Packers stay unbeaten but are far from flawless

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are still unbeaten, but Aaron Rodgers & Co. are far from dominant.

Maybe that's the nature of the NFL in 2015, when you'd have a hard time finding a truly complete team.

But what we've seen the last few weeks from the Packers tells us that, even at 6-0 after Sunday's 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers, there's plenty of work to do when they return from next week's bye.

The offense, even with two big plays from Jeff Janis -- receptions of 46 and 33 yards -- the Packers still need to find some playmakers to jump-start this offense.

Not since Week 3 against the Chiefs have the Packers put together anything resembling a complete performance. Their offense managed only 17 points in each of their previous games, against the 49ers and Rams. In both games, their defense bailed them out.

In this case, the defense couldn't slow down Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, who caught 14 passes for 157 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter because of a hip injury.

What it means: The Packers' bend-but-don't-break defense survived again even though it allowed Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to throw for 503 yards. The defense made just enough plays, including a pass breakup by rookie cornerback Damarious Randall on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line to seal the game. The Packers still haven't lost at home since the 2013 NFC wild-card playoff game against the 49ers.

What were they thinking?: Third-and-1 from their own 29-yard line in the third quarter with the score tied 17-17 would've seemingly been the perfect time to give the ball to either James Starks or Eddie Lacy to try to keep a drive going. Instead, the Packers threw deep, and Richard Rodgers couldn't come down in bounds with Aaron Rodgers' pass along the sideline, forcing a punt.

One reason to be optimistic: The Packers should get most of their injured players back after the bye, including receiver Davante Adams (ankle), safety Morgan Burnett (calf), nose tackle B.J. Raji (groin) and perhaps outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder).

One reason to panic: Maybe it will get better when Adams returns, but Packers receivers are having a hard time getting open on a consistent basis. As productive as James Jones has been, with six touchdowns in as many games, it's not as if he's open all the time. Randall Cobb has gotten so much defensive attention in the slot that he needs someone on the outside to start producing.

Fantasy watch: The Packers opened their first drive with Starks, not Lacy. Although both backs touched the ball on the series, Starks was more productive. He ran for 25 yards on the first play and then finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown on a shovel pass from Rodgers. Starks scored again in the first quarter, on a 65-yard run, giving him the first multitouchdown game of his career. It was the Packers' longest run since a 73-yarder by DeShawn Wynn in 2008.

Ouch: The Packers lost receiver Ty Montgomery to an ankle injury in the second quarter, which further depleted a receiver group that was already without Adams (inactive for the third straight game because of an ankle injury).

Milestone: Rodgers went over 30,000 career passing yards in the fourth quarter and did so in the fewest attempts (3,652).

What's next: The Packers won't be back at Lambeau Field until Nov. 15 against the Lions. Following next week's bye, the Packers have road games at Denver and at Carolina before their next home game.