Packers XLV

No Need to Worry that Pack is Peaking Too Early.

Posted October 10th, 2016 @ 11:10am

I'm not quite sure what to make of the Pack's 23-16 win over the Giants.

Let's start with the good: the Pack's opening drive was textbook, taking more than eight minutes off the clock, a 16 play drive that mixed the run and pass and set the tone early. Eddie Lacy ran with authority all night, until an ankle injury ended things for him in the third quarter. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski played a larger role, serving as a lead blocker and being productive on his two carries. Expect to see more of him as the season rolls along.

The offensive line was once again magnificent. Rodgers had time to pen a love letter to Olivia on virtually all of his drop backs. Randall Cobb finally looked like Randall Cobb, making big time catches and showing how dangerous he can be after the catch.

The run defense continues to dominate, forcing Eli Manning's offense to be one dimensional. The pass rush was strong, mitigating the loss of the Pack's two starting corners. The Pack held the Giants' top three receivers to a total of seven catches for 70 yards.

But at the end of the day, the bad stuff sticks with me. After that opening drive, Rodgers' play was mediocre. The first interception wasn't on him, but the second one was and he could have had one or two more. He showed us a number of great throws and made some big plays with his legs, but he completed just over 50% of his passes and despite the great protection and the Giants' injuries in the secondary, he and his receivers were unable to blow the Giants out. I might feel a little differently had the Cobb touchdown not been wiped out by an illegal shift penalty. We're just accustomed to excellence in the passing game and we didn't see it.

Not much to gripe about on the defensive side of the ball, except that the secondary continues to muff chances to get turnovers. They should have had a couple of interceptions against Manning, but couldn't close the deal.

Special teams was spotty. Mason Crosby continues to be completely reliable, but the kick coverage unit had a bad night and the returners seemed unsure of themselves, particularly the kick returners.

With two games in the next 12 days, injuries are becoming a concern. We'll wait to hear the status of Lacy's ankle and Cobb took a massive shot on the game clinching reception. Hopefully, he'll be all right. After a break through performance that showed why he's the NFL's top paid slot receiver, we're anxious to see him build on it.

Bottom line, the Packers showed that with a dominant offensive line and stout run defense they are built to play deep into January. They handled a desperate Giants team despite playing without their top two corners. But we want to see more. They need to be better, with the surprising Cowboys and Falcons coming up before Halloween.

They're winning games but they're not yet playing at a level they'll need to if they want to beat very good teams. At the quarter pole, they're 3-1, which is what was probably expected. But there is work to be done. I guess we don't have to worry that they're peaking too early.

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Comments (15):

Yeah, i knew we would have to put up more than 24 points to feel good about this one. Dead on post. It sure feels like we got to put some speed out there at wide receiver if we are going to up our offensive game. We need to find some speed at TE or WR. Stark looks done. He's running away from contact and not fast enough to do it this year, zero spark. It might be time to transitional in another back, hopefully Lacy isn't out. He was looking good.

on October 10th, 2016 at 03:37pm

The O and D lines are nothing to complain about. Ditto the linebackers. If they continue to play well, the rest of the squad will improve exponentially. Maybe it wasn't pretty last night, but they don't give out style points in the NFL. After all, Al Davis was right.

on October 10th, 2016 at 03:45pm

We'll see how that "Bestest run defence Evva" does next week against Ezekiel Elliott .....

on October 10th, 2016 at 08:06am

"No Need to Worry that Pack is Peaking Too Early"....... True ....... They peaked in the year 2010 ...... yes,they have already 'crossed' the Rubicon.

on October 10th, 2016 at 10:03am

Now I'm really pissed about about not signing Spiller, Crockett is on IR, need a back with speed, maybe they will get the guy back from the vikings practice squad they left go, please sign some one who can run,

on October 11th, 2016 at 01:14pm

Closed circuit to Bereal: some franchises would be thankful for two SB wins in that time frame. You don't order championships the same way you order a pizza; no one is entitled to anything. It's football. Anything can happen, even on a week to week basis. And if your football mojo isn't being fed adequately, I suggest you give your best friend a call to tell him you're coming over to his side, because it's obvious the Packers can't meet your expectations. And by the way, it's spelled "lose" and "debacle". [The only thing that drives me nuts more that stupid Vikings fans are millennials]. There. Now get off my lawn.

on October 11th, 2016 at 02:12pm

A win is a win and Job One for the regular season. The Packers are 3-1 for the first quarter and only one bad coaching decision and 3 points from 4-0. If they continue at this pace they'll wind up with a 12-4 season. A work in progress, to be sure. But the 2010 team wasn't so much to brag about until the final games of the season and the historic playoff run to the Super Bowl Championship. We've sort of "been here before."

on October 11th, 2016 at 05:50am

Agree with LDFAN we need to show some speed with our receivers. Will be nice to get Cook back to see if he can help open up some lanes. With that said...this offense still goes how Rodgers goes...his passing is not Rodgers sharp yet....but his footwork in and out of the pocket was outstanding.....buying time for some receiver seperation. Yes...the peak offensively is still coming from our playmakers. GO PACK GO !!

on October 11th, 2016 at 07:47am

Senator Sinykin....loved your bit with REP. Allen on KFAN. Look forward to the Park Tavern on October 30. GO PACK GO !!

on October 11th, 2016 at 10:52pm

You're welcome for that sloppy win, Slacker-backers. I glued the flag into my pocket, at least when it comes to calling penalties on the Pack. You gotta do something about those WRs of yours. I can outrun all of them, and I'm 61!

on October 11th, 2016 at 11:07am

We keep talking about 2010 for what reason? That was 6 years ago and let's be honest Rodgers is not the same QB he was 6 seasons ago. Since then we loose when it matters. We all remember the Seattle dibacle. Rodgers is just not as good as he once was and we better start looking for a QB to take over in a few years or we may slip to the pre Favre era once again. Not to mention who is satisfied with the fact we have won two super bowls with back to back hof qb's??? Starting to think my best friend who is a pats fan has something when he has said better QB and better coach in New England. It's certainly hard to argue with.

on October 11th, 2016 at 11:43am

Ugly win, they all count, I think someone said that last year, we have no speed on this team, and more crossing patterns and rub routes, who was that man? voice, said just beat your man, they are not talented enough to just beat there man, watch the vikings, nothing but crossing routes and then a go route with double moves, that is how u get open. u wonder why 12 is frustrated and completing 53% of passes, no one is open. if they don't play Crockett next week, I may have to take a drive and see my man TT.. what the hell is TT and MM doing? they could have signed spiller, goes to seattle, funny scores 1st week, why is Abby not playing? lot's of ?'s and there still winning, that's what is great about being a fan. let's hope d can keep it up, we will see how good are run D this week against Dallas and Elliot, then we will know for sure.On the vikings, all you queens on here, a friend of mine who is abig viking fan, started spouting off about going to super bowl> I told him super bowl homeboy, then I said , just remember as your all hot and cocky, if you play Pit. ot NE, you could be 1st team to lose 5 super bowls, Funny, mood changed, and not as cocky, something to think about Lavender fans. if we stop elliot, Packers win 20-16

on October 11th, 2016 at 12:47pm

Got me fact checker, can't believe we both forgot about that, good job.no one ever tells me when I'm right, it's good to see they do when I'm wrong.

on October 12th, 2016 at 02:13pm

@Larry If you're going to spout nonsense please try to stick to the facts The first team to lose 5 Super Bowls was the Denver Broncos. But don't let facts get in the way of your diatribe.

on October 12th, 2016 at 11:33am

Closed circuit to the voice Bereal would be a smart millennial if he switched lawns to the Patriots. Brady is better than Rodgers without question with more Super Bowls, a better playoff record, and a better city and state. I could go on about my hometown boys in Massachusetts, but no need to rub it in. Bereal feel free to come on over as we always have open arms for fans no matter age or where your from. Second favorite team is looking solid and though I'm a Pats first guy they are the true contenders in the nfc.

on October 15th, 2016 at 10:42am

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