Packers XLV

A Season On the Brink

Posted October 19th, 2010 @ 11:10am

It's not yet Halloween and when you're 3-3 and no one in the NFC has less than two losses, it would be foolish to say that Sunday's game is do or die. But when you're the struggling Packers and you've dropped three of four, with road games left against the Jets, Patriots, Vikings and Falcons simple math says you've got to win the rest of your home games and it begins Sunday night.

For many of us, the lingering disappointment from 2009 is not the overtime playoff loss in Arizona. It's getting swept by Favre and the Vikings. Now the old gray-haired texter returns, we think for the final time, and the Pack needs this one badly. Most frustrating about those losses: the inability to put pressure on Favre. Zero sacks in two games. That has to change this year. It's possible the defense will get a boost with the return of Al Harris and Atari Bigby. Harris appears more ready to step in, since Ted Thompson parted with a precious draft pick to bring back safety Anthony Smith this week.

Despite playing the Dolphins without five of the top nine front seven players, the defense performed pretty well--certainly well enough to win the game. The task of taking care of the Purple will be much easier if Clay Matthews and Ryan Pickett are able to return--we'll be watching the reports from practice very closely this week to check on their progress.

Where this team must improve is offensively. The Pack's high-powered attack has been virtually grounded for long stretches of the last three games. The biggest concern is the inability to convert on third downs--just 20% over the past two and a half games. Besides putting more pressure on the D, it also puts punter Tim Masthay on the field more often and once again, that position is a train wreck.

With Minnesota's injuries in the secondary, expect the Pack to continue to run a lot of four receiver sets to find the matchup they like. If Chris Cook is still sidelined, McCarthy will seek out Lito Shepard and throw his way early and often.

It's time for Aaron Rodgers to make a statement and carry this team in a game they must have. Yes, he needs help. His coach needs to call some running plays. His line needs to protect him. His receivers need to catch the ball. But ultimately, Rodgers needs to pick everybody up and say, 'I got this.' A win at home over the Vikings wouldn't solve everything, but it would stop the bleeding and show the rest of the league that this team is not ready to go limping away just yet.

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Comments (10):

Thank God! Someone with brains spkeas!

on January 19th, 2012 at 05:56pm

I can't believe I've been going for years wtiuoht knowing that.

on January 19th, 2012 at 06:31am

Keep these articles coming as they've oenped many new doors for me.

on January 19th, 2012 at 11:59pm

Yo, good loiokn out! Gonna make it work now.

on January 21st, 2012 at 01:55am

Enlightening the world, one helpful artlice at a time.

on January 21st, 2012 at 04:19am

Very true, the ball is (and has always been) in his court...so for us and the Vikings, we'll just have to wait and see what Favre dedcies to do...Thanks for checking it out, glad you like it! Let me know if you have any suggestions/ideas! I'm also looking to add some video blogging during the upcoming season :-D

on May 18th, 2012 at 11:38pm

Dakota - These pictures ROCK! Chase, my fovirate so far is the one that you took. it's the default picture on my myspace page. My friend Andy was jealous, he wants to retake his senior pictures now that he saw mine!November 11, 2008 7:15 pm

on May 20th, 2012 at 12:56am

Hate to, but must agree with Triple G. He is overthrowing a lot and has kind of reverted back to holding on the ball too long . I do still believe he is every bit as good as we all figured him to be, but he seems a little off so far this year. But jeez! He is asked to do a lot! O line is shakey. Watching Brandon Jackson game after game after game look like he is intentionally running directly into the biggest pile of dudes on the field is becoming pure torture. Does he need a different helmet? Can he see? 1 big play per game is not enough! It has become clear we have no running game. That is no longer just speculation. Everyone can see it. We are going into week 7 for Cripes sake! (Does anyone know if Starks is ready to play?)

on October 19th, 2010 at 03:29pm

I can't put my finger on it but Rodgers just doesn't look right this year...really hot and cold.

on October 19th, 2010 at 10:26am

Thompson you love the draft....so have those scouts working overtime to find a speed back. someone who can run a 4.30-4.40. We havent had one since Elijah Pitts or Travis Williams....boy I think thats before most current Packers were even born. Rodgers is 1-11 in games decided by 4 points or less.....he needs some signature wins !! Hope Pickett, Harris, Bigby, and Mathews are ready soon. Start with putting the Vikes away !!

on October 20th, 2010 at 01:39pm

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