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Packers Limp Out of DC After Giving One Away

Posted October 10th, 2010 @ 11:10pm

The signs were ominous two minutes into the game, when Jermichael Finley was carted off the field and Ryan Pickett and Donald Lee were also both lost for the game. We probably should have known right then it wasn't the Pack's day.

But the defense played inspired ball in the first half and Donovan McNabb and the Redskins offense was completely ineffective. The Pack however, only led 10-3 at the half, thanks to some very strange play calling at the goal line. 4th and goal at the one, no Finley, no Lee, Jennings and Driver on the sideline and Rodgers tries to find the rookie Quarless on a timing pattern that had no chance.

The lack of points would come back to haunt the Pack, just like the two second half timeouts they called on third down plays. The offense, despite moving up and down the field, continues to bog down on third down and the inability to convert and stop third down conversions is one of the marked differences between this year and last so far.

Things got ugly in the fourth quarter when Clay Matthews exited with a hamstring injury--early reports are that he'll sit for a week or two, putting his availability against #4 in doubt. Without Matthews, McNabb had time and was finally able to hookup with his wide receivers and Moss and Alecxander made some big plays.

This one is tough to swallow. If you are a legit Super Bowl contender, you put away teams like this. You can blame the injuries--there's no doubt the Pack has absorbed more than their share through five weeks. But when you have a 13-3 lead on a team that's searching for a rhythm you have to put them away and the Packers didn't finish the job. They had a chance at the end of regulation, but Mason Crosby's 53 yarder hit the left upright.

Finley will have an MRI tomorrow, but early reports say it's a hamstring injury and not a knee injury--early bets are that he'll miss 2-3 weeks. Pickett also looks like he'll miss some time. More ominous, we learned after the game that Rodgers suffered a concussion on his final throw in overtime. There's no guarantee he'll be available for the Dolphins next Sunday. All in all, a pretty disastrous day for the Green and Gold. How they respond to the meltdown in DC may very well define what the 2010 season becomes.

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Comments (10):

thanks for share!

on February 25th, 2012 at 03:27pm

I could read a book about this without finndig such real-world approaches!

on January 19th, 2012 at 08:55pm

It's awalys a relief when someone with obvious expertise answers. Thanks!

on January 20th, 2012 at 02:28am

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on January 21st, 2012 at 01:03am

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on January 21st, 2012 at 04:48am

Hey Dave, Okay, perhaps I’m posting too soon after a loss that we should have captured a victory (My Saint Paul Girl beer buzz is still with me), but Coach McMeathead should be FIRED! Granted we are only in week 5 but his play calling has cost us today’s game. This P.O.S. ought to hand over the play calling to the (Oh I don’t know), the Offensive Coordinator so he has time to coach and get involved with personnel and officials who call BOGUS calls against our ball club. Going for 4th and Goal instead of kicking a Crosby chip-shot cost us the game. Granted, the injuries that are piling up on both sides of the ball are not helping, but this is NO excuse for incompetence!!! This CLOWN should hand over the play book and his whistle to Thompson. This would be the best thing for everyone, our team and loyal fans!!! PACKER PAUL Minneapolis, MN.

on October 10th, 2010 at 06:35pm

All the injuries are adding up....again too many penalties. We need these guys back....hope Harris and Bigby can contribute after they come off the pup. My real concern is rogers concussion....players now a days to not play until completely recovered in all sports. If we have to go with Flynn it does not matter with Coach Mac calls. Again outside of Jackson's 71 yard run.....no running game. Thompson if your such a wise drafter have your scouts looking at the colleges for a running back with speed in the next draft. Go Jets put the Vikings down.

on October 10th, 2010 at 07:29pm

We just aren't that good. MM, kick tghe FG. on the road..plz ARodg..sramble 4 the fisrt down..U stay IN bounds? WHAAATT! must of got concussed before the last play. way too much pressure on both the O-line and D with so little run game or screen passes. how about an occassional sweep? maybe look at some Lombardi tape? I'm "in the alley" PEACE, OUT

on October 10th, 2010 at 10:57pm

Too many injuries this year. With the lockout looming and TT being super-conservative, I don't see us making a move for an expensive running back. We will be lucky to get a wild-card berth unless some miracle worker comes into the locker room and waves a wand to get everyone healthy.

on October 11th, 2010 at 01:47pm

Where's the loyalty? I read the previous comments and fans seem to be giving up far TOO SOON. Granted, we're 3-2 and haven't played well. The sign if a good team is that they can find ways to win - we need to find some more ways but we're 1.5 games ahead of the purple-surple. GO PACK.

on October 13th, 2010 at 07:57am

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