Packers XLV

Pack's Narrow Win Leaves Us Jonesin' For More

Posted December 9th, 2014 @ 05:12am

We should feel good after a Packer win. The Pack remained perfect at Lambeau this season and maintained their one game division lead and their #2 spot in the NFC.

But I can't shake the defensive debacle in the second half. A half where the Falcons scored a point a minute and were an onside kick away from springing a comeback for the ages. OK, you're ahead 31-7 at the half and there's bound to be a bit of a defensive letdown. It's got to be hard to maintain your intensity when you're rolling like the Pack was.

But how do you not take Julio Jones away and make a gimpy Roddy White try to beat you? Dom Capers refused to roll coverage Jones' way and thought Shields or House could cover him. This just in: they couldn't. If Jones doesn't exit with a hip injury, who knows how much quicker they might have scored?

It leaves a sour taste in your mouth, despite another dynamic offensive performance, equally successful on the ground and through the air. The Pack rushed for 179 yards at six yards a pop. And Rodgers threw for 327 with three TDs and a 123 passer rating. The bomb to Jordy should have been the dagger, but Ryan and his offense refused to lay down and it wasn't until James Starks broke loose for 42 yards late that the dagger could be uttered.

It was another clean game for the Pack: no turnovers, just five penalties for 40 yards and pretty good special teams play. The second blocked extra point in the last month is a concern. But Crosby nailed a key 53 harder and the Pack didn't let Devin Hester bust one.

The defense will have a chance to catch their breath the next two weeks against Kyle Orton and Josh McCown. They're not as bas as they looked in the second half and they obviously can't afford to repeat it. Three defensive timeouts called in the fourth quarter and Ryan and Jones playing catch. It turned a 31-7 laugher into a 43-37 nail biter. Super Bowl contenders can't allow that to happen.

Glass half full outlook: the second half defensive collapse removes a bit of the invincibility the team may have been feeling with their success of late. Maybe it brings them back to earth a bit and provides a chance to refocus as they hit the road.

Next Sunday's game may be the toughest one left on the schedule. They won't score 43 in Buffalo. The Bills have an elite defense and, unlike the Falcons, get after the quarterback. Fortunately for the Pack's sake, they also have nothing that resembles Ryan and Jones.

But on a short week against a team that will treat the game like a playoff contest, the Pack will need to be at their sharpest, to stay ahead of the Lions and Seahawks in the NFC pecking order.

 

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Comments (9):

Voice....I'm sure I write for many. My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family on the loss of your father. Like Davy, yourself, and myself our late fathers brought us to Packer football. My thoughts are with you. The memories will always remain of your relationship. For your dad....GO PACK GO !!

on December 10th, 2014 at 09:42pm

I'm going to be taking some time away from making contributions to the blog for a while, as I now find myself in the same situation that Dave was in not too long ago. My dad passed away late last night from a heart condition. He was the guy who got me to be a Packers fan, and I sat next to him at County Stadium at the divisional playoff game in 1967 against the Rams...one week before the Ice Bowl. He also told me a story how years ago, his dad took him to see the Packers against the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair Park in 1939, and he got to witness a spectacular touchdown catch by his favorite player - Don Hutson. So I'll be refraining from posting for a bit, but I'll check in occasionally. Take care, one and all.

on December 10th, 2014 at 12:00pm

Sorry Voice, Your Dad is with Dave's dad now watching the Pack, thoughts are with you.

on December 11th, 2014 at 09:46am

Voice, so sorry to hear the news about your dad. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Hug your loved ones and tell lots of stories. It helps. We'll look forward to hearing from you again whenever you're ready. I think we're gonna need a "dad's night" next season during a prime timer next year where we can toast our dads together.

on December 11th, 2014 at 11:07am

well i said us by 4, pretty close, Ryan can get hot like that, that is why i have him in FFB. but they should have doubled jones, white was still gimpy, i do think everyone needs to settle down though, My gosh, i take more out of beating NE last week and holding them to 21. funny how everyone forgets about that. no wonder 12 said RELAX. it's one half , my sweet lord media. they all want the perfect game, and never satisfied. we have to run the ball on the Bills, we won't get a lot passing. Just win Pack

on December 9th, 2014 at 04:04pm

i agree with you 10000% dave! well said my old friend

on December 9th, 2014 at 04:52am

I read or heard in some of the pre-game talk that the Falcons only chance was for Julio Jones to have a 250 yd. receiving game and score 3 td's. Well, he got that yardage and more but luckily only took one to the end zone. The important thing is the win. Maybe getting roughed up in the second half will help the team avoid any complacey in Buffalo next Sunday. The Packers have now won ten or more games in 13 of the past 20 seasons.

on December 9th, 2014 at 06:17am

I get part of AR's game is his feet/running, but he putting himself at risk not getting down on some of those runs. He left his back totally exposed on the scramble where he fumbled, he was fortunate the DB missed him. Baktari was getting owned most of this game vs old/nobody DE's too. Also, Barrington sucks.

on December 9th, 2014 at 07:46am

I never really felt the game was in doubt. Yeah, the defense did lack intensity in the second half. The kind a played the game like it was basketball, and they were just trying to slow the Falcon's down vs. stop them. They did get that stop on the two point conversion, never letting it become a one point game. And they easily could have made it 50 points, but they stuck with the plan. Win the game. I guess I'm just not as negative about this game as The Head Cheese..... or Cane. :) Hi Cane! Bring on the Bills. Go Pack!

on December 9th, 2014 at 08:52am

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