Packers XLV

Three 'Rs' Carry Pack to Opening Win: Rodgers, Randall and Run D

Posted September 12th, 2016 @ 03:09am

The Packers' season opener looked and felt like a week 1 game on many levels. There were inexcusable communications errors that caused delay penalties and blew up a key late third down play near the goal line. But as we've learned over the last quarter century, when you have a Hall of Fame quarterback, you always have a chance to make up for those transgressions.

This wasn't a vintage Aaron Rodgers performance by any means. After an early pick gave the Pack a short field and the first score of the game, the offense bogged down until the middle of the second quarter. Rodgers and McCarthy pushed tempo and went no huddle and finally Rodgers and the offense looked like the Packers again.

The signature play of the game came near the end of the half, when Rodgers somehow got the ball off while being hauled to the ground. The catch by Davante Adams was just as breathtaking, making up for an earlier drop. The play gave the Pack a 21-17 lead at the half. A half where the offense seemed mostly sluggish and out of sync--yet they had 21 points on the board.

Defensively, the run defense was outstanding all afternoon. The Pack caught a break when Chris Ivory was a late scratch. They completely shut down YJ Yeldon, who averaged less than two yards per carry. The pass defense was less effective. We know they'd be in for a test against the talented Jaguar receivers. But they contained Allen Robinson for most of the day. Damarius Randall gets the credit for that. He was outstanding all afternoon and was the highest rated corner by Pro Football Focus in the early games.

Quentin Rollins did not fare as well in the slot, giving up big plays to Julius Thomas and Alan Hurns. He got pulled in favor of Ladarius Gunter for a while but came back in and made a couple of plays late. Yes, the Jags came to life late, but the Pack was without Sam Shields, who suffered another concussion.

It was a big day for both Clay Matthews and Nick Perry--both registered sacks and two tackles for loss. Morgan Burnett also shined, with a team leading nine tackles, along with a sack and a tackle for loss. They did give up a 300 yard passing day, but kept Bortles off balance for most of the day. They need to get better at giving up big  plays--there were too many that went 20+ yards.

They allowed the Jags to convert their first four fourth down attempts--as Gus Bradley was aggressive all afternoon and knew his team needed to score a lot of points and keep Rodgers off the field. But they stopped the Jags' final fourth down play and that sealed the game.

The Packers will have to be better next Sunday night if they want to spoil the Vikings' opening night party. But they won't face a passing attack like the Jags and if they stop the run like they did in the opener, the Vikes will be hard-pressed to keep up with the Pack.

Lane Taylor passed his first test, as did rookie Blake Martinez and punter Jacob Schum (though his final effort was nearly disastrous). It wasn't always pretty, but the Pack did what champions do: find away to win a road game. Week 2 figures to be the toughest game of the season. Let the hype begin.

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Comments (21):

Great to see the Run D step up and contain the Jag running game. Rodgers looked precise and great to see Jordy back. Rollins and Gunter need to bounce back next week, not a good game by either.

on September 11th, 2016 at 10:28pm

Blake Bortles > Teddy Bridgewater > Sam Bradford. Simple mathematics. Good god how the Vikings suck.

on September 12th, 2016 at 01:07pm

Pack didn't look that good. Rodgers missed throws he always made prior to last year, and your "great secondary" gave up a ton through the air. The GB MVP yesterday was the entire Jags coaching staff. How as an NFL coach, you make such terrible decisions at the end of the game us beyond me.

on September 12th, 2016 at 01:08pm

Congratulations on standing around and watching the Jaguars defeat themselves. I can wait for the savage thrashing your dorky team will receive this Sunday.

on September 12th, 2016 at 01:30pm

Always funny to see the queenies fans on here ripping on the Packers but not mentioning the obvious faults of the lavender. Great offensive effort by the lavender yesterday. The fans have got to feel great about the Blair Walsh Project as well. I can't wait till the china doll makes his debut against the Pack next Sunday night and gets put on IR the first time he gets blasted by the Claymaker.

on September 12th, 2016 at 01:44pm

As of this post there were 13 posts before me. 7 by Viking freeks and 6 by Packer backers. Read the 7 Viking posts...it not football talk it just trash. Voice and other good Packer backer who want to talk football dont get sucked into this game...lets talk football...yes we can say negative points on our team but the Trash we cant get sucked into. GO PACK GO !!

on September 12th, 2016 at 09:13pm

Wow your defense is atrocious. Bortles absolutely sliced and diced it up. You got saved by an awful playcall at the end or you'd have actually lost to a terrible team. Jordy looked incredibly old and slow out there. Zero explosion in his stride anymore. Sad, really. AR also looked like the same QB as last season vs his former MVP self.

on September 12th, 2016 at 09:15am

I had to miss the game, so don't have much to say. I'll take THC word over Cane's. I the highlight of Cobb's bobble catch, couldn't help be think that ball could have been delivered a couple feet lower. I also noticed that we didn't kick and make 4 out of six field goals.

on September 12th, 2016 at 09:46am

When your defense is your primary means of scoring points, you got big problems. When your kicker misses 30% of his attempts (including extra points), you got problems. And when you have 2 starting QB, you don't have any starting QB's. The Vikings have problems. Big problems. Let's see if Spielman has Robbie Gould on speed dial.

on September 12th, 2016 at 10:15am

Voice you forgot the 4 L's in your report. 1) Luck on the touchdown Pass from Rodgers to Cobb. 2 Luck you played a not quite ready for prime time defense. 3) Luck Jacksonville called such a lame play on the last 4th and one 4) Luck Ivory did not play. PS I will never root for your team due to your fans!

on September 12th, 2016 at 10:44am

You're welcome, Packer fans. You guys were constantly holding, but with my palm adequately greased, I was happy to look the other way.

on September 12th, 2016 at 10:45am

Luck? Are we talkin' about LUCK?!? Titans handed them that game on a silver platter. Absolutely pathetic. Just like their fans. Pathetic.

on September 12th, 2016 at 11:22am

When you make Blake Bortles look better than your own Allpro QB, it's time to get concerned. Also, as a Vikings fan who has seen his team to struggle offensively, I'm extremely relieved to run into a super soft front 7 like the Pack. Lastly, I honestly believe that Lacy is fatter than last year. He looked really bad yesterday, what a complete bust. How many KFCs in greenbay will go out of business when he gets cut?

on September 12th, 2016 at 11:59am

A lot of trash-talking Viking fans on this page despite the Vikings offense scoring ZERO points. I liked the narrative on KFAN after the game: "Adrian Peterson (a future HOF'r and 10 year vet) just needs a few weeks to get adjusted to regular season football." Right. A notoriously fit, 10 year veteran and future hall of fame player needs several weeks to adjust to schemes, "game speed", etc. Sean "Over the" Hill and AP needing to "get adjusted" is why the Vikings scored ZERO on offense and you are sure to get to 25+ next week with Sam Bradford and a "fully adjusted" AP. D'okay! We'll see how week two treats you guys. Go Pack!

on September 12th, 2016 at 12:14pm

NFL fan first--I never said Clay was going to go Charles Martin on someone. I was merely referring to Bradford's history of getting injured and winding up on IR.

on September 13th, 2016 at 01:04pm

- The ever lurking Fox was that necessary to take god's name in vain? classy! this fan base just keeps proving me right. -GB13MN0 your comment on Putting someone on the IR. Why is Clay going Charles Martin on someone? Screech and others I doubt the packers front is soft. and yes the vikes better find a way to control clock and put points on the board or an early exit there will be. Here is to a great game and enjoying the atmosphere at USBank. Get your food early or they will run out of stuff. drink responsibly. let's all have a great time! PS ParkWhiz has a few good options yet for parking.I highly suggest that or you be gouged. the tailgate lot is $65 not worth it.last please be curtrious to the people around you and stand for the anthem! try to get to know someone new. shake hands and talk some football. Stay in your seat and relax otherwise the concourse does get crowded. Be safe and enjoy. NFL fan first.

on September 13th, 2016 at 06:05am

NFL fan first has some good points I am looking forward to the new stadium. Finally a decent facility to watch the Packers put another beating on the Queens LOL

on September 13th, 2016 at 06:28am

Tip for Packers: Go out and recruit a native Wisconsin Woman ... any will do (as their average weight is 438 LBS.) Place her on the O Line right about where Sitton used to be. That "Should" protect Aaron Rodgers adequately ! Only downside is that might limit Rodger's field of view towards that sector ... Hope that helps !

on September 13th, 2016 at 08:11am

Ok we need to be honest if The Vikings defense does not scare us as paker fans were crazy. We all forget Peyton last year was a shell of himself yet Denver put Rodgers on the worst game I've ever seem him play. The Vikings Defensr is one of the best and if we cannot keep Arog vertical it could be a long Sunday. I sadly have a bad feeling about this one and can hear the trash talking coming on Monday morning in my office.

on September 14th, 2016 at 02:23pm

Re: Letsbeteal True - However, Vikes fans are also crazy if they think Vikings can continue winning with ZERO offense Lol ! I am almost certain that if the Vikings had thrown 61 year old Tommy Kramer into last Sundays game .... he wouldn't have been any worse than Shaun Hill (maybe better )

on September 14th, 2016 at 10:20pm

Yep. The Pack won due to the three "Rs". Refs. Refs. Refs. You're welcome.

on September 14th, 2016 at 11:08am

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