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Pack's Bills Come Due in Buffalo

Posted December 15th, 2014 @ 02:12am

Wow, where do we start? Should we lead with the punt return the Pack allowed to give the Bills their first lead? Or would you rather talk about all the drops, most importantly that drop? We could start with the penalties, the blocked field goal or the interceptions...plural.

But maybe the most astounding takeaway was the Pack's anemic passing attack. 30 yards in the first half; a paltry 185 for the game and 25, count them 25 incomplete passes in 42 attempts by Rodgers. He was out of sync from the start and then his receivers did him no favors with drop after drop after drop. He could easily have thrown more than two picks, too. The Bills dropped a couple sure things.

You'd like to think that when your defense keeps the opposing offense out of the end zone on the road, you have a pretty good chance of winning. Not so on this day for the Green and Gold, a day which got off to an ominous start with the sad news that former Packer all-time great Fuzzy Thurston had passed away earlier in the day.

It was strange, because the Packers' running attack was clicking at the start, with Eddie Lacy finding big holes on his way to a 70 yard first half. But the Pack shot itself in the foot time and time again on third downs, converting just 4 of 14 for the game--much credit goes to the Bills' secondary, which was up to the challenge from the opening kickoff.

As expected, the Bills were sharp and played like the more desperate team. While their playoff hopes are still flickering, the Packers saw themselves fall from the #1 seed to #6. They will win their fourth straight North title if they win their final two games. But thanks to the flat effort in Buffalo, it looks like we're going to need the Cardinals to upset the Seahawks next week, if we want to avoid a potential return trip to Qwest Field in January.

I'm going to go ahead and chalk this one up to 'just one of those days' where nothing went right and a team with a strong defense got enough assistance from its special teams units to come out on top. Rodgers was not sharp; Jordy Nelson was not sharp. The defense committed a number of inexcusable penalties. Yet if Nelson doesn't drop a pass he would catch 99 times out of 100, we might have had a different outcome.

The Packers remain winless in Buffalo and will head to another historically dangerous locale next week, Tampa, with no more margin for error. Win these last two, finish at 12-4 and the Pack will likely be a top two seed. Lose even one more and they face the prospect of missing the post-season. That's how quickly you can go from favorites to also rans in today's NFL.

 

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Comments (9):

First lets get this curse stat out of the way. Aaron Rodgers is now 0-25....yes 0-25 in his career when down by 9 points or more in the second half. Unbelievable...but the Milwaukee stations were all over it. Lets throw this one out and win the next two going away. GO PACK GO.!!

on December 14th, 2014 at 09:03pm

I agree OSSG. It was just one of those days. Damn near everything went wrong. Hopefully Bulaga is OK and we can reset and get it right in Tampa.

on December 14th, 2014 at 10:21pm

Correct me if I wrong.... As long as we win one more game and the Cowboys win one more game, we should be in the playoffs?

on December 15th, 2014 at 04:17pm

Maybe the talk before the game of this having a "playoff atmosphere" to it got to the Packers. They certainly showed up looking like the team they've tended to become in playoffs in recent years. If this were early in the season I'd agree it was "just one of those games." But not so this late and with so much at stake with the outcome. This is the time and this was a game where a team with legit Super Bowl status rises to the occasion and wins and the Packers didn't do that yesterday. Neither their heart or their heads were in that game. This might turn out to be a wake-up call or an exposure.

on December 15th, 2014 at 06:24am

Whether you guys have a running back who was dominating (like Lacy was in the first half) or a nobody scrub at the position (say a Ryan Grant in past years)--it really doesn't matter, because neither McCarthy nor Rodgers has the patience to actually ride the guy home and let him win the game/bring you back from behind. Rodgers was "off" from the get-go, as were his WR's. But Lacy was ripping off 10+ yards per carry. Why didn't fat boy McCarthy recognize this and stick with what worked? Run it it with Lacy on first and 2nd down, then a short pass on 3rd and manageable. Instead, he has a struggling Rodgers continue to try and force the ball downfield--to WR's that couldn't catch falling leaves. Sorry cheeseheads, this loss is on coaching.

on December 15th, 2014 at 07:37am

Asking about a press pass to the super bowl was the jinx. We need to get into the playoffs first, so slow down and come back to reality.

on December 15th, 2014 at 08:04am

Cane, u are half right. they should have kept running the ball. just like I said before we played them we can run but hard to pass on. I just had watched the broncos game and manning did nothing at home against them. but they could run the ball. but, the Packers had 13 drops all year, and had 7 yesterday. the D played great. 4 field goals. needed to win that but I was scared of them. maybe this will help the cockiness down the road . TB will be playing for there super bowl this week, if we win it will be closer then all you think. there d is playing alot better, have to run the BALL, against Lovie. what is going on with all these blocked kicks, time for Slocum to go after season.

on December 15th, 2014 at 11:33am

We've been talking all week about the playoff scenarios around my work. Can you shed some light on why it matters what the cowboys do in these last 2 games. We get why it matters what the eagles do in case the Packer's should lose one or both games remaining but, not the cowboys. Thanks!

on December 18th, 2014 at 02:58pm

Mike E, i'm pretty sure it's the in conference tie breaker, that comes up. philly is 5-5 now we are 7-3 and boys are 7-4. THC should know. go pack.

on December 18th, 2014 at 03:49pm

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