Another Week, Another OT Loss for PackPosted:Oct 17th, 2010 8:56 pm
The Packers exited Lambeau Field Sunday with a 3-3 record, looking every bit the part of a .500 team. With three games left before the bye, the mission is clear: win two of the next three and take a 5-4 record into the off week. Anything less than that and the playoffs will feel out of reach.
Most of our fears were realized against the Dolphins. Defensively, the Pack was unable to apply any pressure on Chad Henne, and the two headed running attach was productive enough to put play action in play and keep the Packers off balance.
When the Packers had the ball, Cameron Wake was the best player on the field. His three sacks don't tell the whole story. He was dominant, got in Rodgers' head and dominated Clifton and Bulaga. The receivers played better and Jennings provided the production we are accustomed to seeing, but they couldn't make enough big plays. Once again Green Bay failed on third down, converting just 3 0f 13 chances.
The game turned on the offsides call On LB Robert Francois that negated a Dolphins punt in the fourth quarter and gave them the ball back. Highly questionable call that did not affect the play, but it resulted in a quick touchdown pass to Fasano and the Pack was in come from behind mode. The ensuing scoring drive sent the game to overtime. But once again, the Packer come up short in the extra session, a regular occurrence going back to the end of the '07 season.
The Packers came into this game short-handed while the Dolphins had 13 days to prepare. It was a tough spot but a crucial game for the Pack who will welcome the Vikings and Cowboys next, with a Halloween road game at the Jets in between. Hopefully Matthews returns next week, along with Pickett and Chillar. The season is on the line--getting a couple of starters back would be a big shot in the arm. If Favre has the kind of time Henne had, the Vikings will have no trouble moving up and down the field.