Packers XLV

A Triple A Thriller In Aaron's House

Posted October 9th, 2017 @ 03:10am

It's official. The house that Jerry built belongs to Aaron Rodgers. His final drive masterpiece broke the Cowboys' hearts for the second time this calendar year, with help from the other Aaron and Adams. A triple A knockout to complete the comeback with 11 seconds left.

The Cowboys get credit for an assist with some highly questionable play calling at the end of their impressive time-churning drive that almost ran out the clock. With Green Bay down to one timeout and allowing rushing yards in chunks, the Cowboys' pass on second down, followed by Dak's touchdown scamper left 1:13 for Rodgers and you have to believe virtually everyone in the stadium knew what was coming.

Rodgers used his arm ands legs to move the ball methodically and efficiently, mixing in a big run by Jones and ultimately hitting Davante Adams on a back shoulder thing of beauty.

While we're never surprised by what Rodgers does, we were hopeful that rookie Aaron Jones could inject some life into the running game, knowing that teams have been gashing the Cowboys on the ground. The makeshift offensive line would also be helped by the threat of a running game. Jones was a stud from the start, showing a burst and a natural ability to make guys miss. He showed his pass catching ability with a big sideline catch that kept a drive going.

Jones' performance has earned him snaps. Though it may not help your fantasy team, the Pack's offense would be well-served to employ a time share with Jones and Montgomery going forward, keeping them both fresh and hopefully decreasing their chance at injury.

The final 'A' is Adams, of course, and his performance may be the one that felt the best. Just ten days ago we saw him get strapped onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital after a brutal, illegal hit. To think that we'd see him back on the field one week later seemed preposterous just a few days ago. But he cleared the concussion protocol on Friday and showed again why he will earn a gigantic payday after this season. With Nelson nearing the end, Adams figures to be the Pack's top receiver over the next 4-5 years.

Speaking of Nelson, he missed the last drive with an undisclosed injury. He didn't sound too concerned about it, but the way this season is going, you never know. Five games in, the Packers are 4-1 and they have yet to get their five starting offensive linemen on the field together.

Defensively, it was not as good a day. The pass defense reverted to 2016 form, aided by the exit of Kevin King, who left in the first quarter with what appears to be a concussion. While the run defense was bottling up Zeke and forcing Dak into third and long over and over, the second year QB converted time and time again, often moving out of the pocket and finding a soft spot in the secondary.

After giving up touchdowns on Dallas' first three possessions, they settled down and didn't allow another one until the final 73 seconds. They wore down late and let Zeke gash them on that fourth quarter drive, but overall Mike Daniels and Blake Martinez led the way in making Dak beat them, and not #21.

Along with Nelson and King's injuries, we'll wait to hear about the severity of Morgan Burnett's hamstring injury. Considering the secondary was playing without two key players late, they did a pretty solid job keeping the game close enough for Rodgers to do his thing late.

I was hoping for no worse than a split of these two tough road tests in Dallas and Minneapolis and we've accomplished that. Next up: a chance to deliver a dagger to a Vikings team playing on a short week. A win like the one in Dallas gives us reason to believe it may not be our last visit to US Bank Stadium this season.

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Comments (9):

IS it not pleasant to have only true Packer backers on here now ....while the Cane Brigade hides out in the spacious Viking UnTrophy Room !! GO PACK GO !!

on October 10th, 2017 at 08:58pm

WOW !! How about this rumor...TT may pull a Ron Wolf move and do an in season trade!! With 11 picks in next years draft he is rumored looking for an edge rusher and or a defensive corner. Stay tuned. GO PACK GO !!

on October 11th, 2017 at 10:26pm

Super Bowl......LMAO You fall for this every single year. That was yet another skin of your teeth win. And now your running game is healthy too. Dallas couldn't stop Paul Allen in the running game. Super Bowl(LOL)

on October 11th, 2017 at 10:28pm

WOW !! NFL NETWORK reporting Pack could be pursuing Patrick Patterson from Arizona. That would be a blockbuster. However...an edge rusher might be better. Arizona does not a QB. Maybe...Hundley in a package deal. Just interesting. GO PACK GO !!

on October 12th, 2017 at 01:32pm

I have to admit I had my doubts about the Packers winning this one so the surprise is most pleasant. Down 21-6 in the second quarter didn't look good. And missing on three PAT's. But the Pack never folded. This game could be the igniter on a Super Bowl season. Ah, the Minisota SB nightmare: Green Bay and Kansas City on their soil next February. The two clubs that met in the first Super Bowl. Their most hated rival and the club that handed the Vikqueens the first of their four Super Bowl defeats in the '70's. Until then, let's hope to enjoy another Bears win over them in Chitown tonight as the opening of Packer Week in the the state of hockey.

on October 9th, 2017 at 05:33am

It was a thing of Beauty, Davey. Aaron Jones is one of those RB's that gets "north and south" quickly and then runs hard and isn't easy to tackle. He's another TT draft jewel. I'm all for him and Ty sharing the load from here on out. Now,bring on the Vikes!

on October 9th, 2017 at 05:40am

Resilience. That's what it took to pull this one out. Yes, it looked bleak after the first half. but what a comeback. Jones looks like the real deal, Adams coming back after that nasty hit, incredible. But what can you say about Rodgers that hasn't already been said. Amazing win!

on October 9th, 2017 at 05:48pm

Watching 12 is so much fun, it is just unreal. Jones looked very good, nice to have a running game. It is hard to watch the Packers 3rd down defense, just so bad at times. But still, a big win.

on October 9th, 2017 at 08:21am

Great game. Still not sure about Clinton- dix. Or Randell. Rodgers is on point.

on October 9th, 2017 at 10:47pm

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