Penalties, Special Teams Doom Packers

Way to show the nation that you’re a Super Bowl contender Pack. Way to step up and grab the top spot in the NFC through three weeks. ¬†After watching the Pack hand the game to the Bears in Chicago, the coaches need to sit their players down and explain that media infatuation does not a Super Bowl champion make.

The Pack had the officials grabbing their flags like Michael Jackson used to grab his…well, you know what I mean. The sloppiness by all units, especially special teams was almost unbearable to watch. From the 17 penalties, to the ¬†blocked FG by Peppers, to the punt return TD by Hester–the team took a step backward after two fairly mistake-free games.

I know he was matched up against Julius Peppers, but this was about as bad a game as I can remember from Mark Tauscher. Remember when he went a few seasons without a holding penalty? Seems like a long time ago.

The Packers controlled this game from the start, grabbing a 10-0 lead and dominating the time of possession and yardage. But it means nothing when you continue to shoot yourself in the foot with penalties and then turn the ball over the in the final 2+ minutes, as James Jones did when he got the ball stripped near the sidelines.

We probably shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the Pack started three rookies on defense, including two undrafted guys in Zombo and Shields. The defense played pretty well and Rodgers was magnificent.

It’s reality check time. Six days to get ready for Detroit. This team needs to correct the sloppiness. The players need to stop reading the press clippings and take care of business. They have the talent to make a run to the Super Bowl. They were clearly the better football team on the field Monday night, but didn’t deserve to win. It’s early–a slap in the face in week three may be just what the doctor ordered. I just can’t stand that it was the Bears that delivered the slap.

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205 Responses to Penalties, Special Teams Doom Packers

  1. Matt Whyte says:

    Watching this game made me extremely happy to be a vikings fan. I know you could never bring yourself to admit it but I am now more confident than I was before the season even began that we are going to come out on top of the division for a third straight season. Thank you pack and bears for making my bye week being only 1-2 and yet knowing that we are going 6-0 against our yet again inferior nfc north opponents.

  2. Matt Whyte says:

    Jonathan what does it say about the pack when they lose to a team who lost to the lions at home who just got smoked by the vikings?

  3. Brian says:

    As hard as Jay Culter tried to give the game back, the coaches took the ball out of his hands and allow him to return the gift. Confession: I am a Vikings fan. However, the Bears are who we thought they were. Packers are the better team and gave it away with a poor special teams play and penalties. Bears will still finish 3rd in the division.

  4. Brian says:

    Correction to my previous post.*

    As hard as Jay Culter tried to give the game back, the coaches took the ball out of his hands, and refused to allow him to return the gift.

  5. Matt Whyte says:

    I agree. The bears will finish third in this division. No doubt in my mind.

  6. Mike Dougherty says:

    So – considering both teams will improve over the next 13 weeks – are all the Cheese lovers believing the Pack will be favored by how many on 1-2-11? 6? 10? Good Luck – I don’t think they will improve much from what I saw last night – while Da Bears offense will be getting better every game. I am looking for a Very Happy New Year – but it will come on January 2nd, 2011 with a Big Win by my Bears in Green Bay to wrap up the Division Title.
    Mike Dougherty

  7. Kyle says:

    What are the realistic odds that Green Bay will go out and try and land a RB. Its clear we need to address that gap in our offense. Do you think Ted Thompson would spend the money knowing this may be our shot to get to the Super Bowl?

  8. Dave says:

    I think this is a big moment for Thompson. This team cannot reach the Super Bowl passing the ball 75% of the time. He needs to part with a pick and bring a proven running back to the roster in the next three weeks.

  9. Ron Hoff says:

    Matt-take off your purple glasses. The lions had 2 turnovers by the fosssil overturned by penalties (a 3rd pick and a fumble) plus a gift turnover on that punt after getting stoned with a 3 and out. Great job by your club beating their 2qb (didn’t he get beat out by tjack?) 1-2 AND looking up at both Pack and Bears. Get used to it.

  10. Mike says:

    “Rodgers was magnificent”

    A dose of reality…

    Rodgers is off to his worst start since taking over as the starting QB in the 2008 season.

    First three games in 2008 – 4 TD’s, no INT’s, average of 8.04 yards per pass, long pass of 62 yards and a QB rating of 102.9.

    First three games in 2009 – 4 TD’s, no INT’s, average of 7.94 yards per pass, long pass of 53 yards and a QB rating of 97.22.

    First three games in 2010 – 5 TD’s, 3 INT’s, average of 7.2 yards per pass, long pass of 34 yards and a QB rating of 93.3.

    How was Rodgers “magnificent” when his performance last night statistically wasn’t as good as what he did (average of first 3 games) as a first year starter?

    Last night – 1 TD (1st 3 games of ’08 – 1.33 average), 1 TD (0), average yards per attempt 7.02 (8.04) long pass 28 (54) and QB rating 92.5 (102.9).

    After starting 34 regular season games, one should expect improvement – not regression…

  11. Justin says:

    Why didn’t they at least TRY to run the ball. I understand the Bears have a good run D but you can’t just give up on it. Is Brandon Jackson really that bad they won’t even try? I’m fine with trading a pick for a proven runner but shouldn’t we at least give BJ a legit chance?

    Also why didn’t Bulaga play more? It’s obvious Clifton is struggling, time for a change there.

  12. Matt Whyte says:

    Ron nice KFAN reference. Maybe you should use some of your own material. Dominating a game and winning by 14 takes more than a couple of lucky plays. But if that’s how you make yourself feel better than more power to ya. It is clear who the best team in this division is. Adrian Peterson is the best running back in all of football not to mention our defense which is only giving up an average of about 10 points a game. We are so used to looking down on the packers and the bears. This year will be even more fun though to start out by giving you hope and then tearing your hearts out.

  13. Jonathan says:

    What does it say about the Bears that with all the Pack did wrong, they still only won by 3?

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