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Thanksgiving Night: Incompletions, Incomprehension and Indigestion

Posted November 27th, 2015 @ 08:11pm

Sorry for the late post, everyone. It was a long, rainy drive back to Milwaukee after the game and I had family obligations on Friday morning. Finally have a chance now to sit down and reflect on what went down at Lambeau on Thanksgiving night.

Contrary to what many may believe, losing to the Vikings doesn't give me a stomach ache. Losing to the Bears does. Fortunately, it hasn't happened often since Jay Cutler joined the team. But they broke through at a most inopportune time and it may cost the Pack when the playoffs begin.

Of course, the way things are going, it seems like the last place they want to play right now is at Lambeau, following incomprehensible back to back losses to the Lions and Bears. The Packers don't look anything like NFC contenders right now, with a passing attack that is feeble, off-kilter and out of sync. Never before have we seen an Aaron Rodgers-led offense look like a Vince Young-led offense.

Just four days after a resounding victory in Minneapolis signified a giant step forward, the team has taken two big steps back. This one can't be placed at the feet of the defense, or the special teams, or the running game. This loss is courtesy of an anemic air attack that relied solely on screens and dump offs.

As ugly as it was all night, the game was right there for the taking. First and goal at the eight. Four chances to punch it in with a Hall of Fame QB (granted, one who couldn't feel a few of his fingers, thanks to an injury to his left elbow), who had led the team 80 yards in the final two minutes to the doorstep of the end zone. But they couldn't seal the deal.

As time goes by, I will remember this game for the fun my kids had being there with their Milwaukee cousins, for the history of seeing Brett Favre hug Bart Starr and many of his old teammates as #4 was unveiled in its rightful place next to #92. The bitterness of the loss will fade over time.

The reality of the Pack's situation is this: they have a QB who is as good as there is in the game, a solid running attack and a defense that isn't elite, but is good enough to keep them in most games. What they lack are playmakers in the passing game. Davante Adams looks like the moment is too big for him. James Jones can flash, but can't be counted on week in and week out. Randall Cobb needs adequate playmakers on the outside to take away tight coverage inside. And the team needs a productive, athletic tight end that can take advantage of the offense Mike McCarthy wants to run.

The offensive weapons on hand right now may be good enough to beat average teams on any given week, but don't appear capable of stringing together good enough performances week after week. The way things are shaping up, week 17 may be for all the NFC North marbles. You think the Vikes are going to fear the rematch, after watching what the Lions and Bears just did at Lambeau?

Me either.

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Comments (13):

I'd just like to point out that this is the 5th straight week that THC has picked the incorrect winner of the game.

on November 27th, 2015 at 02:48pm

First of all I want to bring up something that I predicted before game 1 of the regular season. This is not an earth shattering unique prediction but the loss of Jordy Nelson started this out of sync offense off to where we are now. No...as great as a healthy Aaron Rodgers is he cannot just make great receivers. Randall Cobb is being doubled a lot and Davonte Adams is turning out to have statue like cement hands. Nelsons 1500 plus yards are not even close to being replaced. I do not understand why Janus with his size and speed is not used as a receiver. Management must think he is the Packer answer to the Vikings Cordelle Paterson....a kick returner only minus the head butting attributes. If the draft were held today and if a good one is available an athletic tight end who can get more than 5 yards down the field is a must. Detroit on the road will be us as a real underdog...thou Vegas will probably favor us. Too bad this Bear game had to happen on Brett Favre and Bart Starr night. Right now the Pack is a shell of their former self...at least offensively. Jordy....get well for next year. GO PACK GO !!

on November 27th, 2015 at 06:51pm

on November 27th, 2015 at 11:22pm

on November 27th, 2015 at 11:22pm

live near MN- am not a viking fan- but the happiest moment of my sports life was; when Bednarik would not let lat Taylor get up in 1960. as far as toninght goe TEE-HEE

on November 27th, 2015 at 11:27pm

Dave, I have to agree with you. I think that we have asked Davante Adams to do too much and the end result is that he is not ready to assume the role of the go to guy that can get separation & stretch the field. He is so out of sync with Rodgers that he has to beg for penalties on every target he gets and there have been quite a few over the last few games. He drops so many passes because his concentration is overtaken by frustration. Without a dependable go to guy that Rodgers can stretch the field with, we are stuck in the mud and opposing D coordinators know it. Our receiving corps are so easy to contain this year because Davante has not responded to the way everyone thought he would. He IS super talented and this will be a humble year for him and the rest of the receivers because we are missing that key element that Rodgers must have in his arsenal. We may not even make the playoffs given the way we are rolling but, if we don't, rest assured, we will be better for it in the long run!

on November 28th, 2015 at 09:12pm

Hey Dave and Packers Fans. There's a new Packers book that's getting great reviews on Amazon.com called "Green & Gold Memories - Growing up in Vince Lombardi's Green Bay." Great gift idea for the Packer fan(s) in your life. You can hear Dave's show every Saturday morning on iHeart radio. Search for KFAN between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Good Packers stuff in the heart of Vikings country.

on November 29th, 2015 at 06:53am

even with Jordy out, what was a deep position has gone to our worst position. last year R Rodgers looked promising but he is a bust. ugh! Still don't understand why they don't give Janis a chance. TT will need to re-load via draft

on November 29th, 2015 at 07:07am

Dave, the Only reason the Packer beat the Vikings was due to the officials cheating for you as well as the Vikings coaches being told to play Soft so you could win. Your team Ducks! The elephat@ 1265 Lombardi is that without his Nikki/bankie receiver Jordy Nelson to Bail him out Rodgers can' get it done! The league Knows this, sadly Packers fans have drunk all the kool aid and can't face the reliy that Rodgers is a OE Trick Pony.Your team is collapsing and Rodgers is to blame but no one will hold him accountable and he refuses to accept responsibility for his failings. This is the price you pay for cresting a little god.

on November 29th, 2015 at 12:17am

Dave, the Only reason the Packer beat the Vikings was due to the officials cheating for you as well as the Vikings coaches being told to play Soft so you could win. Your team Sucks! The elephat@ 1265 Lombardi is that without his Nikki/bankie receiver Jordy Nelson to Bail him out Rodgers can' get it done! The league Knows this, sadly Packers fans have drunk all the kool aid and can't face the reliy that Rodgers is a OE Trick Pony.Your team is collapsing and Rodgers is to blame but no one will hold him accountable and he refuses to accept responsibility for his failings. This is the price you pay for cresting a little god.

on November 29th, 2015 at 12:22am

The coaching staff continues to not adjust, on offense, week in and week out. McCarthy can blame the players all he wants, but he needs to take a look at the mirror. How can you expect anything to change when you do the same thing over and over?

on November 30th, 2015 at 02:13pm

It sure helps when we throw the hankie 6 times for tons of yards when Packers' drives stall. That'll help you "resoundingly" win.

on November 30th, 2015 at 10:15am

I was not saying "Yabba dabba dooo" after the Bears game. In fact, even though the cheating refs called the majority of calls against the Bears, I bit the hand that feeds my team and sobbed and cried about the officiating!

on November 30th, 2015 at 11:27am

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