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I've Got Questions After Pack's Win in Oakland.

Posted December 21st, 2015 @ 03:12am

Sometimes a 10-point victory feels as satisfying as take out Chinese food. A couple hours later and you're hungry for more. On a rainy afternoon in Oakland, the Pack jumped out to a 14 point lead, watched it evaporate and then took control late for a 30-20 win, but it left us with plenty of questions.

What happened to Lacy? His yo-yo season went the other way as he mustered just 23 yards on 11 carries, looking tentative, slow and kind of out of it. Granted, the Raiders are above average defensively against the run, but the lack of running room was alarming.

Why does the offense continue to struggle on third and short situations? It's been a season-long problem and is likely to doom the team in the playoffs. Too many drives are stopped prematurely because the team can't get a yard when it needs it.

How is David Bakhtiari's ankle? He was carted off late in the game and we'll hold our breath until we hear the prognosis. Don Barclay waits in the wings. Shudder.

Where was Clay? 21 defensive and special teams players made an appearance on the stat sheet. Matthews was not among them. He needs to make more of an impact as these games get more important. Flip side: Julius Peppers was fantastic, with 2 1/2 sacks and two tackles for loss.

There was a point in the second quarter when the Packers had more points (14) than net yards (12). The unit didn't really get cooking until the team fell behind and Jeff Janis set them up with a big return. A Jared Abbrederis catch and two James Jones catches later, the Pack had the lead for good.

They followed up that drive with their longest drive of the season, 92 yards on 19 plays. It ended on a disappointing note, with a field goal, and featured three carries by Randall Cobb, who McCarthy obviously figured was his best option--with Lacy ineffective and Starks having coughed up the ball. But you've got to finish those kind of drives in the end zone, especially as the competition gets stiffer.

Defensively, the Pack struggled with rookie phenom Amari Cooper, particularly in the first half. Damarius Randall couldn't keep up with him. Dom Capers switched up his coverage in the second half and the team had much more success against him after intermission.

It was a road win against an up and coming team, but hardly an impressive one. They will need to be sharper going forward if they have any hopes of making a playoff run. Getting Shields back will help, as would a quick return by Bakhtiari. They need to cut down on penalties, get much more efficient on third downs and try to get the running game back on track.

The Pack is 10-4 and in the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season. A road test in Arizona is next, an opponent that will give us a good idea of where this team stands against the NFC's elite. They'll need to be better than they were in Oakland. Now, pass the fried rice.

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Comments (14):

great job Pack, u proved me wrong, thank God for Voice's defense. Our offense is still not pretty but getting better.I wondered too, where in the hell is lacy? doghouse again? did anyone notice that since Norv is running crossing routes how much smoother and more passing offense the vikings have? ted even looks like a qb. now.I know your sick of hearing it, but I do know a little about football boys. Norv must read this but MM does not.this game is a game to get on track, I'm with JKowalski, 12 plays better in domes.and warm weather. we will see. I would put tretter at left tackle and get linsley back at center if Bakhtiari can't go.don't trust barclay over there, we can't get 12 hurt. let's play and enjoy the season. GO Packers.

on December 21st, 2015 at 01:43pm

That was a good win, and like what, the 4th rain game for the Packers. Yeah, you know what I think we build dome teams in Green Bay and make them play outside. I don't think they like and totally believe is hurts our offense. This game: the defense got out to quick start and then got cocky. They got undisciplined and didn't play gap sound at the line. Then they calmed down and figured it out. Some how they got Oakland to go away from the run (a lot earlier then they should have) and they sealed this win. Offensively, it's not going to be pretty this year. Oakland was over matched in the secondary. It's been two years since I've seen that many back shoulder throws and clear defensive penalties. Everybody had at least one screw up: McCarthy, Rodgers, other Rodgers, Starks. But I love that Kuhn touchdown call and the personnel package that got it. That was a good game, if a bit long. A good win. We'll talk about the Cards later.

on December 21st, 2015 at 02:38pm

Three out of the last four games have been in poor weather conditions. I am really curious how we will play at Arizona, where we typically play well in a controlled environment on the road. They need to finish, and I am thinking that MM took over play calling too late in the season and will not get in the "groove" in time. Another question I have is protection in our kicking game. Too many close calls this year when kicking a field goal or extra point. Crosby has been money, but needs protection up front, and that could bite us in some important upcoming games if we don't improve.

on December 21st, 2015 at 09:40am

You're welcome, Davey. We'll keep on looking the other way for your OL and DBs and keep killing your opponents' drives and giving you first downs when you need 'em.

on December 21st, 2015 at 10:19am

The Packers are 10-4 and in the playoffs for the 7th consecutive season. That's a good thing. The roster is relatively healthy. That's another good thing. McCarthy taking over the play calling, whether that was a good thing or not, can be debated, but it appears to have made a significant difference, and the offense is starting to get some of its rhythm back. The defense, while not stellar, is beginning to find its groove, and at the right time of the season to do so. Style points? Who gives a damn! Just win, baby!

on December 21st, 2015 at 10:24am

Thank You for David Carr's two gift first quarter TD's he gave us. With Jordy out and Lacy still piling up overweight fines there is no rhythm to this offense; ie; as Voice would say no style points, which also the Voice would say they dont have a style point section on the scoreboard. But come on know....how many catches would Jordy have made that D. Adams...aka The Cement Statue has dropped?? 10 -4....I will take it...but two good teams upcoming and we will need a running game. The defense has been a surprise and is improving. Maybe its just me....but dont you cringe when we have a 3rd and two or one?? GO PACK GO !!

on December 21st, 2015 at 11:41pm

Ugg, Larry you sound like the Radio guys, "THERES DRAMA! THERES DRAMA! Oh my God there's DRAMA!" It's not that big a deal. Everybody just wants to win and get respect. When you win, but don't seam to get the respect it can get a little chippy. To quote a certain other coach, "Enjoy the season!" I know I do.

on December 22nd, 2015 at 04:10pm

nothing to do with drama LDF, I have watched everyone of Rodgers conferences, he just never has been short with media or talked like that you would have thought we lost by 10. you have your opinion . I have mine.He told Jason wilde he was not happy with MM calling plays again,, so there is something there, just not a big deal right now, like I said Just something to keep an eye on.

on December 22nd, 2015 at 07:39pm

as usual, OSSG, we agree on a lot of things. But, I'm telling you if they ran more crossing routes and rub routes and reciver screens they would get some rhythm. have you watch the vikings? simple as that. get rid of the ball fast and let them run, and 12 will put it on them better also. even adams should catch those. well Cane, u get lucky again, beckham will not play, and u win because of that. looks like we will have to beat the vikes 3 times, hard to do, but we will do it. has any one heard what happened with lacy? Go Packers

on December 22nd, 2015 at 10:29am

Jordy didn't play Sunday. Jordy's not going to play this coming Sunday. Jordy's not going to play anytime soon. After 14 games, the Packers are who they are. Over the course of 14 games, they won 10 of them, lost 3 of them in the last minute, and only got blown out once. All in all, considering they're operating with an offense that isn't at full capacity, not too bad, all things considered. My point here is they can move the ball and score points. It's not going to be as flashy as years past, but they can get it done. The Raiders stacked the box against the run, yet the Packers still got over 100 yards on the ground. One nice thing about having the two RB's they've got is Lacy is a pounder, and Starks is a slasher. Depending on how the Packers are being defended, one or the other will get the job done, which is a good combo to have this late in the season. And as far as the passing game goes, losing Nelson took away their most reliable deep threat, and no amount of "what-ifs" will bring him back soon, but the Packers are constantly adjusting and finding the combinations that will work. A lot of people are clamoring for Janis because he's a speed burner. But after 14 games and he's still not out there consistently, do you think for a moment there's a reason he isn't? Like the possibility he hasn't figured out the offense yet? Granted this is an extreme comparison, but it's not all that different from a certain #84 who currently plays for a team just west of the St. Croix - but in the long run, between them, I have higher hopes for the green #83, based just on the gray matter between the helmet's earholes. He'll figure it out; hopefully we can say the same for Adams a little sooner - he's shown flashes, so we all know he can do it. My point in this longer than planned rambling is the Packers are 10-4, poised for another post season, and while they may not have the fire power of past seasons (i.e.: style points), they have what it takes for a potentially long playoff run.

on December 22nd, 2015 at 10:35am

great post Voice, they are a lot more complete team then they have had since super bowl run. except for some blocks on field goals, special teams are great, defense is very good, compared to last few years, 5th in points allowed. we are all just spoiled on how easy 12 has made the passing game has looked. I said they would go 12-4. they still can. BUT, go to packers web site, and listen back to Rodgers post game, and you tell me if everything is fine. Never heard him talk like that. I'll wait for all of your thoughts,

on December 22nd, 2015 at 10:50am

Larry - I've heard Rodgers' press conference, and regarding his attitude, I would expect no less from him. He's fully aware the offense, while getting the job done, isn't clicking completely. I like seeing that kind of attitude from him. He's not satisfied. I like that.

on December 22nd, 2015 at 11:09am

he is also not happy that MM is play calling again, he wanted Clements to keep doing it, there is something gong on there, I can feel it and sense it is not as close as a vibe as before with MM. the longer your with someone , the harder it is to not have some things you don't agree on. that's all, i don't think it's a problem YET. that's all. but keep an eye on it.

on December 22nd, 2015 at 11:17am

It on paper doesn't look promising, with that said the game is played on the field instead of paper. The Packers ate hitting their stride especially defensively and need a win more than the Cards do. Eddie Lacy goes for 150 and a touchdown, MM creates several ways to get the ball into RandallCobbs hands, and we force a key turnover. You heard it here first the Packers spring the upset in the desert 27-13. Go Pack Go

on December 26th, 2015 at 05:49pm

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