Packers XLV

Bye-Bye, Cowboys. Bye-Bye, Pack. See You at the Dome

Posted November 8th, 2010 @ 04:11am

After a half a season filled with heart-stopping last minute finishes, we needed this one. We needed a laugher. And there are few teams I'd rather embarrass more than the Cowboys, whose owner Jerry Jones probably had someone like Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher on speed dial after the game.

The Pack did exactly what it needed to do at Lambeau Field. They scored early and often and from all sides. The defense again stood up and dominated. Outside of a late second quarter lapse, the unit was brilliant, with Clay Matthews making big play after big play for a national audience to see. He had the kind of game that will put him on the short list for defensive player of the year through the first half of the season.

As expected, the Cowboys defense was the perfect tonic for the sluggish Packers offense. Rodgers was razor sharp, hitting five different receivers on the first scoring drive and then finding a rhythm with James Jones and Greg Jennings. The running game was strong as well. Rodgers busted a couple, Kuhn was productive and got lots of work, and Brandon Jackson played about as well as he has as a Packer. He scored on a run and a catch and again was terrific with his blitz pickups.

The only negative note was the injury to Ryan Pickett, whose right ankle flared up in the first half and did not return. Hopefully the bye week will be enough to get him right. It would be nice to have him for the rematch with Adrian Peterson.

Not much more to add to this one. The Pack makes it three in a row to put the sputtering 3-3 start behind them. We look at how this team is playing right now and say, 'how did we lose to the Bears and Redskins?' But 6-3 at the bye is pretty good. Only the Giants are clearly playing better than them in the NFC right now. Road games at Minnesota and Atlanta will give us a good idea as to where this team is as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

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on February 3rd, 2012 at 04:03am

He even says he felt he had to address the rsneoas about his return and proceeds to nothing but bash the Packers front office. It honestly seems like he wasn't getting the amount of love he expected so he essentially lashed out.

on May 18th, 2012 at 01:47pm

Sun! Me wants! All we have since weeks is fog, bah. Anyway, glad you had such a good time and even more glad you're back (more or less anyway).

on May 18th, 2012 at 08:37pm

Sun! Me wants! All we have since weeks is fog, bah. Anyway, glad you had such a good time and even more glad you're back (more or less anyway).

on May 18th, 2012 at 10:35pm

Awesome pics and don't worry, you'll be back in America soon I'm sure . Glad you had a great time and I wish you all a succesful European leg of the tour.

on May 20th, 2012 at 01:50am

Rodgers can make some unbelievable thwros. Deadly with his accuracy. Is it me or is it the thinnest line between the Bengals winning and the Steelers losing? I swear if there was a camera on me last night you would've thought I was a lifelong Packer fan.

on May 20th, 2012 at 02:45am

think, the Packers might have helped thseemlves more than they knew by sending the final blow to Childress’ career. They have scratched the Vikings’ back, and it’s time for them to return the

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on May 20th, 2012 at 05:29am

So many positives heading into the bye week - Shields with his first pick, Quinn Johnson blasting Jackson into his best game, Jordy proving he's got hands and Rogers dancing the sidelines to move the chains - Fun in Lambeau. Claymaker's Dad out inthe open air with the masses feeling the love. Dallas crawls south dragging thier tails after a solid drubbing. Get in the habit of scoring over 40! Gitch

on November 7th, 2010 at 10:56pm

Bye-Bye Al. Thanks for the memories. Good decision by the Pack.

on November 8th, 2010 at 05:15pm

Heck of an effort against any team, even the reeling Cowboys. I truly feel that our D, if they can be healthy, are quickly becoming a unit that can carry us deep into the playoffs. Great effort all around. Like Dave said, nice to be part of a laugher. That daunting schedule looks a little less daunting with our victory in NY and how we're playing. Tough news with Al Harris. Let's hope the Queens don't sign him.

on November 8th, 2010 at 06:17am

Nows that's the game we been waiting for from the Green Bay Packers on offensive and defensive side of the ball. However, I put the only TD for Dallas on the special teams. This unit isnt getting better on a week in week out basic. We still cant have a blocked kick, kick out of bounce and let returns pass the 25, 30 and worst yet, 35 and call it a solid effort. The unit need to improve for this team to win against tougher teams (need to play like they did against the Jets)... AL Harris... one of my favorite players in his prime. The question is, do we need him? With Shields coming on "maybe" not however I still think he is a crafty vet that we could use when it gets to playoff time. I also feel he was loved by the players and just cutting him loose with no one around (bye week) wasnt a smart or classy move. Love to see him back at at a lower salary. Last it was finally nice to see Dimitri Nance get a few carries, but why were they all in scrub time? To me he looked a lot quicker and faster then the other two.. Be nice to see what he can do with the starting unit.. Great time for a bye , lets get healthy and kick the Farve out of MN in 2 weeks... Way to regroup PACK

on November 8th, 2010 at 07:06pm

OldSsG, good points all around. AJ Hawks transformation from not even playing week 1 to calling the D and making great plays (knocking down the pass that CMIII intercepted) is incredible. He has really stepped up. It will be interesting to see if Quarless is back after the bye. He certainly is no Finley but had that type of game. Lee and Crabtree are simply not athletic enough to stretch the field in that manner. I think the D-line, with all its gone through this season has battled incredibly hard. Great time for a bye to get everyone as healthy as can be for a 2nd half surge. Go Pack!

on November 8th, 2010 at 08:36pm

OldSsG, good points all around. AJ Hawks transformation from not even playing week 1 to calling the D and making great plays (knocking down the pass that CMIII intercepted) is incredible. He has really stepped up. It will be interesting to see if Quarless is back after the bye. He certainly is no Finley but had that type of game. Lee and Crabtree are simply not athletic enough to stretch the field in that manner. I think the D-line, with all its gone through this season has battled incredibly hard. Great time for a bye to get everyone as healthy as can be for a 2nd half surge. Go Pack!

on November 8th, 2010 at 08:37pm

I was at that Beat Down of the Cowgirls last night. Two of my friends & me sat row 6 end zone where most of the Touchdowns occurred. If you want some pictures I took from the game let me know.

on November 8th, 2010 at 09:04pm

Nothin' like trouncing the 'Boys on national TV. The stars were aligned for this game and the Pack did not disappoint. My main worry is Collins. I'll bet the NFL uses him as a scapegoat, they have been waiting for a hit to suspend a player and show the league how they feel about player safety. I wouldn't be surprised if #36 is suspended for week 11...

on November 8th, 2010 at 10:33am

I'm going to dig deep her for some things to talk about in the long off week. One, was that Jordy Nelson or Antonio Freeman out there. Never have I seen a guy fall down so quick after catching the ball. I'll take it if I get the good hands, but Nelson was definitely channelling Freeman. Two, James Jones hasn't changed. Same stuff brilliant, but dangerous. Third,I can't say the special teams was great, at least not the kick off cover team. They got a lot of work, not great starting position. Forth, Why not let Flynn throw the ball? What could happen? Either they don't trust him at all or the want to get Nance the reps. Either way, Nance does nothing for me. Fifith, Jamal the Cowboy fan, should be more of a fan and less of a cheerleader after this. I have to praise him for coming on the radio to defend his team, but seriously. If the Packers performed like that I would be calling for heads. I can tell you those Cowboys players don't deserve to be Packers. Last, Collective bargaining and how you see next year going down. What could happen? What's going to happen?

on November 8th, 2010 at 10:34am

Wow are the TT haters out in force on JSOnline Packer blogs. As for Harris, I hate to lose him. He was a warrior, but how much could he have in the tank. He was slow before the injury. Hope they make the move in a respectful manner. As for him being a Viqueen, I wouldn't bet on it. They love to pick up our old tires but Harris' bump and run style is not suited to the Cover 2 they run in Minny. Go Pack!

on November 8th, 2010 at 11:30am

Nice win over the "boys or as they are know known as "the infants" Jerry Jones needs to start his study work for all those war room shots we see of him on draft day as he has a lot of quitters to replace. Offensive observations from game: (1) OL is coming nicely since Bulaga stepped in and some of the veterans are playing well. (2) Would like to see some TE production since Finley went down....Rodgers will need them on this next road trip of games. (3) Realizing we do not have a speed back...Jackson is becoming solid in pass protection and receiving and Kuhn is still our best Rugby player. (4) Rodgers is getting sharper at the right time. (5) Lack of penalities and turnovers are most important asset for recent success and future sucess. Defensive Observations: (1) While Claymaker and Woodson continue to make the ESPN highlite plays the play of Hawk, Shields, and Williams is right behind. (2) Creating turnovers and lack of penalities is huge. Two games in a row without a pass interference is one for the Packer record books. (3) Punting and kick coverage still scare me. Nice time for bye week....go Bears this week...keep the Vikes reeling on the road...I bet Peppers cant wait to go against Mackinie. As to Al Harris...whatever happens we wish him the best as he was a solid contributor.

on November 8th, 2010 at 12:00pm

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