Packers XLV

Air Aaron Sends Bears Back to their Cubby-Hole

Posted October 21st, 2016 @ 03:10pm

It was just one night. But it was fun to watch, interesting and different. Faced with no proven, trusted running backs, Mike McCarthy aired it out and Rodgers and his receivers delivered. But it begs the question: is that type of offense sustainable over ten weeks?

We'll discuss that in a moment. For now, let's enjoy it for what it was. The second half awakening dawned after Rodgers once again got careless with the ball, giving the Bears a brief lead early in the second half. Prior to that, we saw a Packers offense that showed itself in spurts, but failed in the red zone. And McCarthy's play call on fourth and goal was laughable. You don't ask your wide receiver turned running back to punch it in from a yard out. You roll out Rodgers and let him work his magic. If it fails, it fails.

After Clay Matthews and company likely ended Brian Hoyer's season in the second quarter on a hit that broke his arm, it felt like the Packers had no chance to lose this one. Yet there we were, early in the third, trailing 10-6 and you could almost see the smoke coming out of the players' ears.

Finally, the offense took off. Credit McCarthy and company for crafting a creative offensive game plan on a short week that took advantage of the guys who were able to suit up. We didn't know whether Davante Adams would clear the concussion protocol in time for the game, but he was active and had the game of his career. Let's hope we can bottle that Davante Adams for the rest of the year.

Ty Montgomery has to share most valuable player honors, after his hard-nosed effort as a running back and receiver. I keep asking myself whether his body can handle all the pounding and that's where I come back to the sustainability question. Asking Rodgers to drop pack 50+ times in November and December seems like a recipe for disaster, as does asking Montgomery and Cobb to carry the football. If Starks is back in a few weeks, and maybe Lacy for the last couple of weeks and playoffs, this Air Aaron attack might work in the short term.

As expected, the defense bounced back after the Cowboys debacle. Sure, the Hoyer loss rendered the Bears clawless, but the Bears weren't doing much when Hoyer was in there. Hopefully the ten day break will be enough time for Randall and Rollins to heal and the defense will be as close to healthy as possible for a date with the Falcons, the league's top offense.

Weather won't be an issue in that game and the Falcons defense is still a work in progress, with just one real playmaker, Vic Beasley. They rank 24th in yards allowed and 26th in points allowed, so there should be opportunities to keep the momentum going. The following week the Colts come to Lambeau and they're even worse defensively.

So it appears that the sky is not falling. The Packers are 4-2, and have ten days to tweak their new offensive reality and get guys healthy. Beating the Bears at Lambeau doesn't qualify as a major achievement, but after losing twice to them at home in the last three years, it feels awfully good. And Bears fans probably weren't even watching, with the Cubs playing a far more meaningful game at the same time.

It also feels good to know that the 'what's wrong with Aaron' narrative will be silenced for a while.

 

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Comments (25):

Vikings fans are so full of crap.

on October 21st, 2016 at 01:55pm

Cane is right; I was the MVP for the hapless Packers last night. That was plainly no catch, but I called it for the Pack and shared the payola with the guy under the camera hood on the review. You guys blow--badly. But you can still steal a few wins if I help you out.

on October 21st, 2016 at 02:03pm

Like I said last week...R-E-L-A-X.

on October 21st, 2016 at 03:15pm

The Packers beat a 1-5 team who were down to their 3rd string QB. Gee...it sounds like they did exactly what they were supposed to do. All while the Packers were missing their 3 top CB's and without a running back. Not to mention, last I heard the Bears were getting paid too. It's all good. I'll patiently await the inevitable Vikings collapse. You can count on it...happens every year. Your Minnesota Vikings - breaking hearts since 1961.

on October 21st, 2016 at 05:39pm

Your right I do applaud the offensive play calling was quite creative. using different players in the backfield considering the current state of the RB's But After Clay Matthews and company likely ended Brian Hoyer's season. You say this with such Pride it is a bit chilling that this is what you and your fan base is all about. knife a fan at his house if he does not cheer for the right team. celebrate maiming a apposing player. and acting like you have all your swag back beating a bad 1-5 team with there 3rd string QB. Now good luck going on the road.

on October 21st, 2016 at 10:46am

Congrats on beating the Secondary of the Living Dead. Always good to see Rodgers garnering the respect of his teammates by yelling and screaming at them and then pouting to the refs. Better hope for more of the same against the Falcons.

on October 21st, 2016 at 11:00am

The what's wrong with Aaron talk is far from over, THC. Playing all right for one half vs backups of starters who already stunk is not some sort of accomplishment. By the way, I bet Cowboy fans just loved the refs calling a play that was much more clearly an incompletion than the Dez one--a catch on the very same field. Pack will get burnt later on in the year as the officials tend to swallow their whistles more. Penalties are the only way you can get chunks of yardage bigger than 5 yards.

on October 21st, 2016 at 11:02am

This is a joke right Davey? If you feel good after that win, you should turn in your credentials. Anyone watching that game who isn't a retarded son of hordor will tell you the only reason GB moved the ball was due to terrible PI calls that led to them getting the 6 points in the first half. The sad part is, you needed that just to get the ball rolling against a 1-5 team. Think about where your beloved franchise has come from: A team that used to whip the bears like a rented mule, to one that is happy it won by not sucking less.

on October 21st, 2016 at 11:25am

"The Packers beat a 1-5 team who were down to their 3rd string QB. Gee...it sounds like they did exactly what they were supposed to do. All while the Packers were missing their 3 top CB's and without a running back. Not to mention, last I heard the Bears were getting paid too. It's all good. I'll patiently await the inevitable Vikings collapse. You can count on it...happens every year. Your Minnesota Vikings - breaking hearts since 1961. Voice on October 21st, 2016 at 05:39pm Let's talk about collapsing: Packers 2015 - started 6-0, ended 10-6 Packers 2014 - Biggest late game collapse in Championship game history Packers 2011 - Only 15-1 to not even win a playoff game.

on October 22nd, 2016 at 01:56pm

From a team of classless fans bragging to a team hoping the Vikings collapse. I'm sorry but I have to laugh. Great teams never leave a doubt when they go up against a team that there better than and dominate in at least two phases of the game for all 4 quarters. I know I watch a great team every Sunday and our coach and fans would be ashamed if we were loosing to a team like the bears or Browns 3 quarters in. My Viking fan buddy out here in Boston told me of this blog and honestly never thought a fan base could be so deluded. I was proved wrong looking at the team wevbsite and this blog. Stabbing a fan for liking a different team and hoping the vikes stumble instead of playing like a team many of you thought would be Super Bowl contenders. Please you will loose to the Falcons for certain as you have nothing in the secondary. If your fantasy football fans play Julio next week for sure. If you want to see greatness come to Boston we always have room for you and have a truly great QB as well.

on October 22nd, 2016 at 01:56pm

BTG...you want to talk collapses? How about Denny taking a knee against the Falcons? How about 12 in the huddle? How about your boy Walsh shanking a gimme left? How about an NFL record 28 playoff losses? And the 29th is coming up in a few months in glorious fashion - I can't wait! Your franchise is pathetic.

on October 22nd, 2016 at 04:18pm

Go EAGLES! Go STEELERS!

on October 22nd, 2016 at 04:45pm

I think the word for this game is more R-E-L-I-E-F than relax. The Packers won a game they absolutely should have and needed under critical injury circumstances. But we'll have to see how long or how well things work without the dimension of a strong rushing attack against stronger opponents down the road. Once again, though, the Packers missed on opportunities to make this a real blow-out. Why, on 4th & goal at the 1, they didn't use their 246 lb fullback and came away with nothing is a wonder to me. Score a td there, avoid the blocked fg and missed PAT and no gift td on another Rodgers' fumble and this game would have been 37-3.

on October 22nd, 2016 at 05:46am

Where are all the Viking goons now....Cane, GHG, Screech, Cheating Ref, Kasu, et all . Thankfully they will not be heard of this week after that Purple Masterpiece. Jake (shaking like a quake) Long at tackle. Maybe Ron Yary or Matt Birk can be brought back. That OL is going to get Bradford injured and next man up Over the Hill will follow him to the IR. Viking goons...Ziggy has the trai parked right outside his Taj Mahal....time for you guys to jump off. GO PACK GO !!

on October 23rd, 2016 at 04:21pm

OSSG, you're 100% right. Holy smokes...that performance by the Vikings today was PATHETIC!!! SB bound with THAT hot mess of an O-line? I DON'T THINK SO!!! The purple has been EXPOSED!!!

on October 23rd, 2016 at 10:00pm

Let's not get carried away. Just because the Vikings fans troll us here doesn't mean we have to go postal on their team. They lost a game. Still a good team. Just annoying that they seem to relish trolling us as much as following their team

on October 23rd, 2016 at 10:50pm

Voice...I can feel your rage and I love it. You are clearly the epitome of a pig f*cking Packer fan that has absolutely no perspective or ability to self reflect. Your life is terrible, your life is a football team.

on October 24th, 2016 at 03:53pm

The delusion of Packer fans would be funny if they weren't so dangerous. Stabbing other fans, themselves, their pets, their wives. Over football. You all suck at everything you do.

on October 24th, 2016 at 03:55pm

Apologies to LDF, since these idiots come in here regularly with nothing better to do than to pollute this site with their unsubstantiated drivel, I think it's well within our rights to take some pre-emptive shots back at them when the opportunity presents itself. Not to mention it's tough to predict the results of a game that's still a month out, let alone next week's tilt. It's hard predict a game a month out, but you can predict a Vikings collapse 2 months away. You are a sad, myopic moron.

on October 24th, 2016 at 03:57pm

Getting crushed by Vikings and Cowboys has made Voice (of morons) lose what very small mind he already had. All we can deal with is the now, and as of now the Vikings lost their first game, on the road, to a good team. They also lead the Packers, who they beat head-to-head and also got crushed by the Cowboys (a good team) AT HOME by in reality two games due to the tie breaker. If my entire life revolved around a football team, with a sense of entitlement the size of Voice (of morons), I'd be livid too. Alas, I, like most normal humans and about 12% of Packer fans, know it's a game, it's entertainment, and if a normal person would act like he does in public, not hiding behind a keyboard, taking a break from jacking off while holding a pistol to his own head would get their ass whipped. FACTS ALL AROUND!!!

on October 24th, 2016 at 04:08pm

The Eagles are a pretty good team ! .....they beat the Steelers decisively 34 - 3 .... we'll see how the fudge packers fare against them at their home on Monday night football 28 November..... I see it as a packers Loss.

on October 24th, 2016 at 07:52am

Apologies to LDF, since these idiots come in here regularly with nothing better to do than to pollute this site with their unsubstantiated drivel, I think it's well within our rights to take some pre-emptive shots back at them when the opportunity presents itself. Not to mention it's tough to predict the results of a game that's still a month out, let alone next week's tilt.

on October 24th, 2016 at 11:38am

Whatever helps you sleep at night Voice. You seem to be "taking it" really well.

on October 25th, 2016 at 01:41pm

BTG. Your last statement was as soft as the Vikings O-line

on October 25th, 2016 at 02:30pm

One of the many problems of Vikings fans like BTG and a famous few others is they can somehow dish it out but they can't take it. BTG is an excellent example of attempting to make his point by resorting to personal attacks in a feeble attempt to make a point. BTG: the epitome of classlessness. NOW how deep in the gutter are you going to go to trowel out your trash? Keep up the anguish, me boy!!!

on October 25th, 2016 at 10:42am

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