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One Tweaked Hammy Plus One Deflection = Ballgame

Posted October 27th, 2014 @ 03:10am

A prime time loss in New Orleans is nothing to get too upset about. After all, the Packers are the 14th straight foe to come up short at night in the Big Easy. We all know the game turned when Aaron Rodgers grabbed his hammy after a sprint to the right sidelines.

The deflected pick in the end zone followed and the game spiraled away from there as every bounce went the way of Who Dat nation. Of prime importance coming out of the second half meltdown is the health of Rodgers and guard T.J. Lang, who watched the game in a boot and on crutches after injuring his ankle in the first quarter. The bye no doubt comes at the perfect time for the Pack, who should still feel very good about where they sit at the halfway mark.

Yes, the Lions' epic comeback in London gives them the division lead for now. But their schedule stiffens in a few weeks, with back to back games in Arizona and New England--and they have injury concerns of their own on both sides of the ball. As for the Pack, with three of the next four at home, the schedule turns to their favor. They're likely to be favored in each of their remaining eight games.

On this night the Packers were unable to slow Drew Brees, Mark Ingram and the Saints from the start, but held them to the same three first half field goals the Packers settled for, to go along with a touchdown. And when the Packers were driving and about to go up by seven in the third quarter it looked like the see-saw battle would continue and whoever got the ball last would win. But the deflection off Andrew Quarless in the end zone swung the momentum.

Brees led them to the go ahead score and Rodgers was clearly not himself the rest of the way. With the Pack's offense stifled, the defense couldn't stop the avalanche. Hopefully the three starters who missed the game, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett and Datone Jones will be ready to play after the bye. Jay Cutler, Nick Foles and Tom Brady are on the November docket--all at Lambeau.

So it got away from us and the four game winning streak (and the 10 game October winning streak) is history. The bye week will allow us all to r-e-l-a-x, hopefully get the nicked up guys healthy and allow everyone to get set for the stretch drive. Happy Halloween everybody.

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Comments (11):

I wouldn't get too worked up over this one. NO was desperate and at home - a bad combination. Adams made a major mistake on AR's 2nd INT, but it's all part of the learning process. He's developing into a viable 3rd threat...give it time. The well deserved bye is next, then the rematch with da Bears. Let them get rested up, fix up the dings, and bring on the 2nd half.

on October 27th, 2014 at 01:15pm

I continue to be amazed at the poor technique so many of the players have when they try to tackle (watch any of the DB's when they tackle and there are no arms involved whatsoever) AND when they're supposed to be playing against the run. (rewind the game field and watch when they run AT #56 - he's a "swinging gate" and his # is turned to the sideline faster than you can say "I can't get hurt with this big contract or I won't get signed for 2015 anywhere!"

on October 27th, 2014 at 02:41pm

The Packers are sitting record-wise about where most expected. They figured to lose at Seattle and New Orleans, which happened, and possibly in Detroit, which was the case as well. so 5-3 is pretty much on schedule. If not for the Lions 6-2 start that would be good enough for first place or at least a share. Detroit has gotten favorable early scheduling and a lot of help from several teams determined to hand them a win. But, as THC noted, things do get tougher for them ahead and they've been a first half mirage before in their history. The Packers don't play in domes anymore this season and with their poor road tendencies the Saints don't figure to have home field in any likely playoff meeting in January. Only New England, at Lambeau, figures to be a game in which the Pack might not be a favorite in the second half.

on October 27th, 2014 at 05:56am

The game was a disappointment, especially seeing the defense bend to "old ways" in the second half. We need to add a couple of true run stoppers before the Pack can bring home the Lombardi. the bye comes at the perfect time, so in the meantime we can all R-E-L-A-X.

on October 27th, 2014 at 08:00am

Yeah, this is why I don't like to make predictions. I agree about the Pepper's offensive play. Didn't like it, but the Quarless drop really burned me. Yeah, it was defensed better, but he's got to make that play. It's not surprising that things went south after going down by two scores. Plus, I think this team plays a lot better on grass. So we're back to knowing this is not a team of pure destiny. And the question begs, What does this team need to be better?

on October 27th, 2014 at 08:07pm

First lets get all the negatives out of our system. This pre Halloween doom was imminent. A desperate team, the home record, Brees streak of 300 plus passing yards against the Pack and the biggest vampire of them all our record of losing when THE BIG ARM Vampire ED Hogulli is the head ref. Dont know why but our record with him on the field is all most as bad as the Big Stat....so lets get that out of the way for what its worth. Aaron Rodgers is now 0 for 25 in his career when trailing by 9 points or more in the second half. Weird.... but true...even Matthew Stafford beat this stat. But we would not trade him for anyone....but maybe Myth Busters can study this one. Milk and cookies...bread and butter.....beer and brats....Why do Packers and hamstrings have the same togetherness? In baseball they say you have to be defensively strong up the middle ( watch this World Series to verify). Same thing in football. Our up the middle defense is near the bottom. The loss of BJ Ragi is telling and our inside linebackers our non existent. Non descript runners gain 100 plus yards against us . The last pass AJ Hawk deflected was in the Rose Bowl as a Buckeye when he got hit in his helmet running backward. I know we talk about the depth of our defensive backs....but we need Sam Shields and Morgan Burnett....Devon House had his chance in prime time and was miserable in his coverage and tackling and Mikah Hyde is a career backup. This is the one lousy game to get out of our system. Lets go 8-0 at home and get a couple of road wins and we will be fine. Bye is coming at a great time. GO PACK GO !!!

on October 27th, 2014 at 08:15am

DID NOT LIKE Peppers in there, we have receivers for a reason. u don't get cute on national TV and in there house. don't get it. big swing there. I think OSSG and I picked them to lose, tough place and they were ready. I thought we had stopped the run problem against the panthers, but that was horrible again, We all can say relax as much as we want, if we can't stop the run, we will not go far, if we do make it.Ingram 172 yds??? he was averaging 62. take a rest, go get some guy that can stop the run and I will feel better. schedule is nice Dave but, that doesn't help if we can't stop the run and they keep 12 on the bench while there running the ball and time is ticking off. what does S.F, Seattle, and the cowboys do best, run the ball. there 5-3, and I picked every game right but Miami, and 12 won that on last play of the game. I don't think I'm just ranting here. let's see.

on October 27th, 2014 at 12:05pm

I'm glad PA was able to find Kane in that dusty old dark corner of the Viking Trophy Room. I was worried we hadf lost him to the Oakland Raider blog site. GO PACK GO !!

on October 28th, 2014 at 05:07pm

Nice to see that all a 1st round bust like Mark Ingram needs is the Packers JV Front-7 in order to get his career back on track. What the hell is Forte and LeShanne McCoy gonna do to you? LOL.

on October 28th, 2014 at 11:49am

A lot of people are getting worked up over the Peppers dropped TD pass. Here's a thought - they practiced it enough times that they felt it was worth trying, and interestingly enough it caught the Saints completely off guard. So what went wrong? He dropped it. OK, so does that make it a bad call? I say no, because if he had caught it, everyone here would have been singing from the rafters how brilliant a call it was. But the important thing here is now that it's on tape, every team the Packers play will need to pay attention the next time Peppers is in the slot. It doesn't make any difference if they go to him or not, because now opposing defenses have to take him into account if he's out there. Sure, he's not a WR, but he hauled in that INT a few weeks back against the Vikings, didn't he? That's evidence enough that he has good ball handling skills, wouldn't you agree?

on October 29th, 2014 at 04:26pm

@Cane--What's RGIII going to do to the pathetic queens? Answer--Shred them like Glennon did on that final drive in Tampa last Sunday.

on October 30th, 2014 at 11:50am

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