Packers XLV

Packers Have Fallen and They Can't Get Up.

Posted November 14th, 2016 @ 01:11pm

Looking back, I can't believe the Packers recovered the opening on side kick. From that point on, they delivered the most dismal, wretched, embarrassing performance I can remember watching since the '80s. I don't even know where to begin.

I suppose we should start with the defense, a unit that looked lost and uninspired. Losing Jake Ryan on the opening series didn't help, but from the first snap they appeared a step behind and unsure of their responsibilities. They're not tackling, covering or rushing the passer. Other than that, they're on fire. Clearly, the loss of Clay Matthews has taken a toll. But no one has stepped up. Not Nick Perry or Datone Jones. Not rookie Kyler Fackrell. And definitely not Julius Peppers, who should have ridden off into the sunset after last season.

The defense gave up 351 yards in the first half to an offense that, while hot of late, lacks elite playmakers. The ease with which Delanie Walker got open and then rumbled after catches was alarming. But then, so was the effort by everyone sporting the green and gold on this day. One week after a supposed wake-up call at Lambeau, the Packers took three steps back with a performance that should have no one saying, 'well at least they're still just a game out of first place in the North.'

The offense didn't fare much better. It took them into the second quarter to finally get things going and by then they were down three touchdowns. The return of James Starks did little to ignite the running game and drives were stalled by penalties all afternoon.

The ten penalties were embarrassing, none more than the taunting penalty assessed to Mike Daniels at a point where the Packers were a third down stop away from having a chance to crawl back into things. Instead, a first down gave the drive life and was punctuated by a back-breaking touchdown three plays later. Then there was the muffed punt by Trevor Davis (apparently the Titans should have been flagged on this play for making contact too early). The defense finally forces a three and out and the Pack turns it right over--the Titans score because of course they do--and the game was officially over.

To add injury to insult, the Packers lost three important players and it looks like they might be out for a while. Ryan left early with an ankle injury, then it was TJ Lang's turn in the second quarter with an ankle. In the third quarter it was David Bakhtiari's turn to exit with a knee injury, forcing rookie Jason Spriggs to deal with Brian Orakpo. That didn't end well. The Packers were left with no O line backups on the bench. One more injury would've forced a defensive lineman to switch sides.

The reality is the Packers are 4-5, losers of three straight and four of their last five. And there doesn't appear to be a quick fix available. Sure, they might get Matthews and Damarious Randall back next week, but the last two games have shown us that they are a lost team right now.

When you see a team as uncompetitive as the Packers were on Sunday, it raises all kinds of  questions that will be answered in the offseason. Is it time for a coaching change? Is it time for Eliot Wolf to take over for Ted Thompson? This is an organization that prides itself on stability, but to see this kind of effort from a team that was considered a Super Bowl contender six weeks ago, everything needs to be analyzed carefully after these last seven games are played.

Do the Packers have a chance to right the ship and win the division? Sure. Do they look like they can compete with Dallas and Seattle in the playoffs? Um, no. With two straight prime time road games coming up, they'll have the chance to show the nation just what they're made of.

After what we witnessed on Sunday, the Skins and Eagles will welcome them to their homes with open arms.

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Comments (5):

I tried to tell the boys, on last post, u needed your tackling shoes, and it was there worse tackling of the year. sure were short on D, but you still have to do your job.I sure am good at picking viking games though, said 27-21. Daniels on that 75 yd run, at least he admitted he was not in his lane and missed tackle, but there should be some help. all we heard in preseason is fly to the football on d. they looked good early, now as i said 25 times on here, NO CONFIDENCE on d at all right now, and the o is not much better. I will say, this is the most the media has talked about the packers in 6 years. u get more media coverage when your not winning. they all say what is wrong with the Packers? The packers and N.E. have the best winning % then any other teams in last 20 YEARS. like I said we are spoiled, just hate to waste Rodgers years. we will see if things get better. Don't be surprised VOice, if they lose more games like this TT will be out and Elliott wolfe will be the guy, not sure if they would fire MM with all those injuries. better not. I do wish he would use Montgomery more though, why use starks so much? use 88 too out of backfield on swing passes, more speed and moves and use him more at wr too.he hardly saw the field. weird year Boys and Girls. 9-7 could win division. then you hope your healthy and play better, all we can hope for.

on November 14th, 2016 at 03:23pm

Will this game be McCarthy's last stand? Smells like a Tuesday morning firing to me......

on November 14th, 2016 at 08:14am

Open letter to TED THOMPSON: TT ....Take off your rose colored glasses....look at a calander...it is 2016. How many times in the last couple of years have we lost games because your beloved college free agent players are falling down or out of position. You cant do anything more this year...but stop shopping at the Dollar Store and make some purchases at Saks First Avenue or at least Macy's. Use your Christmas bonus ( will you get one??) to walk the aisles of Saks and Macy's next year and quality shop. You had money this year under the cap but must have used it on those expensive rose colored glasses to shield you from your 3rd youngest team. You were lucky to have 2 straight Hall of Fame QB's. You owe it to this team to stock wisely. We can not keep competing with no quality at least backups. Jared Cook was your only off season signing and we dont even know how he will do because of his lingering injuries. Spend some time this off season looking at NFL rosters. GO PACK GO !!

on November 14th, 2016 at 09:45am

Point #1: Cane, you're full of crap. Point #2: OSSG, draft and develop works. Look no further than the Dallas Cowboys (we'll discuss in detail at a later time).

on November 14th, 2016 at 10:21am

Roscoe Lombardi here, time for my weekly prediction of the week. Last week I was off slightly but still pretty close. This week will go thus: Packers 51 - My Daddy's Old Team - 17. Rodgers will have a perfect QB rating 158.3 which will include 6 TDs, 0 INTs, 335 yards passing. Newly acquired RB from Seattle, whats-his-name will run for over 125 yards and have 6 receptions for another 70 yards. BOOK IT! PERIOD!

on November 17th, 2016 at 10:33am

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