Packers XLV

Packers Remain Perfect, Though Their Performance Isn't Quite

Posted October 16th, 2011 @ 11:10pm

I can't remember watching a Packer game without a shred of anxiety, without a doubt that the Pack was going to win. This one was such a mismatch on paper that you just wondered how many Lambeau Leaps we would see.

It turned out that way, though a scoreless second half left us wanting a little more. Such is the state of the Pack that a 24-3 demolition doesn't quell your appetite. As he has been all season, Aaron Rodgers was razor sharp in the first half, passing for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns, to Jones, Nelson and Driver. The 93 yard hook up was the longest of his career--but it wasn't a great throw. He under-threw Nelson, but Al Harris bit so badly on play action that the connection worked anyway.

The defensive performance followed a script we've seen all season. They gave up chunks of yards--Sam Bradford threw for more than 300 yards--but kept the Rams out of the end zone and stiffened whenever St. Louis reached the red zone. Sam Shields' pick ended the one drive that almost got them six, but he acted like Darren Sharper on the return and wound up with a head injury. Hopefully he'll be good to go in Minnesota next week.

When your team is 6-0, there's not much to complain about, but the defense continues to allow teams to move between the 20s. Giving up 424 yards to the Rams is disappointing. They're one of the weaker offenses in the NFL and next week's opponent, the Vikings, also fall into that category.

Gotta take our hats off to left tackle Marshall Newhouse who has been a godsend in Clifton's absence. He'll be tested like never before next week when he faces the red hot Jared Allen, but so far he has stepped in and the offense hasn't missed a beat. Also great to see Bryan Bulaga back out there.

As for Rodgers, what can you say? He's the first player in NFL history to start the season with six straight games with a passer rating of at least 110. He is playing at a level that no other QB in the league can match. What a pleasure to watch a QB playing at this level. His game has no flaws.

With the Lions' loss at home to the surprising 49ers, the Packers are finally alone atop the NFC North. So much for that showdown of unbeatens on Thanksgiving Day. One more important division game left before the bye. The Pack will look for its 13th straight win when they head west for a date with the Purple. I expect them to give the Pack a pretty good battle for a half or so. Then we all know what is likely to happen in the second half. Can't wait to hear the "Go Pack, Go" chant come alive at Metrodome next Sunday.

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on November 13th, 2011 at 01:43pm

Win is a win....BUT....giving up 424 yards on 72 plays for a 6 yard average to a winless team is concerning. I hope it does not catch up to us....relying on AROD to win every game. He was brilliant ....spreading the ball around to multiple receivers. We can't give a team 72 plays....good/better teams coming up will take advantage with better playmakers. Hey...I know ....6-0 ....but still looking for our best game.

on October 16th, 2011 at 10:32pm

Funny how you conveniently didn't mention a certain LB showing his classy self. I know the packers are the most perfect team in the history of pro football, but don't ignore it. You lose any credibility you had. Any Bear, Viking, Cowboy, etc does that and you and your fandom are spouting how your team is better than that and doesn't stoop to that level.

on October 16th, 2011 at 11:09pm

Come on dude. they scored 3 POINTS. doesnt matter if they gain 1000 yards. yards dont go on the scoreboard. our defense played excellent. ALSO, they get so many plays because our offense has 1 play-93 yard drives. We dont only rely on a-rodg. defense has made big plays in every game.

on October 17th, 2011 at 06:41am

Steve that was easily the most ridiculous comment I've ever read, and I have made some pretty obscene comments on this site. You are ripping a blogger for NOT writing about a certain subject? Someone died in an indy car race yesterday, why don't you freak out about Dave leaving that one out? The AJ Hawk bird was totally irrelevant to the game, things like that happen on the field quite often, it's just not often it's caught directly on camera. Steve, my advice for you is to google "How to create a website", follow the directions, and then you can write 12 pages on AJ Hawk putting up one of five fingers on his hand, and how that will be the lone cause of the Packers' demise.

on October 17th, 2011 at 06:52am

boy u guys are tough today. did u happen to notice the scores yesterday? most of the outside games had alot of wind to deal with. what do recievers and qb's hate more then anything . WIND, look around the nfl not alot of points in that wind. davey, that ball that rodgers thru to jordy was short because of that cross wind blowing, did u see the field goal attempt by there kicker, it was good all the way and then the wind just pushed it to the right. #12 did just fine in that stuff, as far as the yards they did get alot more [plays off, partly because we hit faster and they were taking 6 yards at a time, bradford is not a bad qb guys. i'll take the win, we just have to watch 12's blind side this week with allen and put a chip on him no and then with the te. just don't need anymore getting hurt. shields will be missed w.o collins in there already. he should have just went down in the endzone, he looked bad on sideline. it's good to hear from cockadix, I mean p.a and see he said something he would say on his show. did u notice when i called him out, ossg and lynn dickey guy and scheny schen he stopped for awhile, that's ok, p.a. keep writing, i know u don't have much to see and write about with your purple. no wind in the dome, it could get ugly sunday. go pack

on October 17th, 2011 at 07:17pm

I don't care if they give up 1000 yards on defense if they only give up 3 points. Bend don't break is just fine.

on October 17th, 2011 at 09:44pm

Lighten up Francis, I mean Steve. Hawk flipped off his own teammates. Not the Rams, not the fans. It was an inside joke (his teammates have probably been ripping him for getting a sack about as often as the Vikings find franchise QBs). Was it smart? No. Should he be fined? Yes. But is he rippable? Not by me.

on October 17th, 2011 at 09:57am

Spencer...Dude as you say...you are correct only the score matters. But come on ...our defense did not play excellent. My only point is this may catch up to us when we play better teams with better playmakers after our bye week. We are 6-0 and all of us in Packer Nation can be happy with that but good teams are always looking for improvement and I don't think Capers and MM are happy with the defense on the field so much. GO PACK GO !!

on October 17th, 2011 at 10:01am

You can see that Arod does not like throwing interceptions. The ball to Jennings was perfect. He was visibly upset after that one got picked off. Not to mention that it killed a second half drive. That kind of thing can't happen against good teams. GoPack!

on October 17th, 2011 at 12:57pm

Everyone's still getting upset about the yardage that the Pack's D is giving up. People are also bent out of shape because the O put up a goosegg in the 2nd half. SO WHAT?!? They won by 3 touchdowns!! Here's another point - the #1 defense in the league gives up an average of over 270 yards per game. 30 years ago, the #1 defense in the league gave up that many yards over 3 games. People...IT'S 2011!!! THE GAME HAS CHANGED!!! What's this business about "bend but don't break"? GET REAL!!! It's an all-out offensive league now. The Packer's D hasn't given up a touchdown in 6 quarters. Isn't that what matters? The Pack is 6-0; let's savor that and look forward to witnessing Mr. Ponder's proper initiation.

on October 18th, 2011 at 04:18pm

If Dennis really is PA, then nicely done PA, for a well constructed post that defends our man Davey! GoPack!

on October 18th, 2011 at 06:25am

As I guy who plays a fair amount of football, I will tell you. Rain is worst. Wind is bad, but rains double sucks. Also, if you get a hand You touched it, it's yours. Too many drops on Sunday. They better light that dome up!

on October 18th, 2011 at 10:59am

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