One Tweaked Hammy Plus One Deflection = Ballgame

A prime time loss in New Orleans is nothing to get too upset about. After all, the Packers are the 14th straight foe to come up short at night in the Big Easy. We all know the game turned when Aaron Rodgers grabbed his hammy after a sprint to the right sidelines.

The deflected pick in the end zone followed and the game spiraled away from there as every bounce went the way of Who Dat nation. Of prime importance coming out of the second half meltdown is the health of Rodgers and guard T.J. Lang, who watched the game in a boot and on crutches after injuring his ankle in the first quarter. The bye no doubt comes at the perfect time for the Pack, who should still feel very good about where they sit at the halfway mark.

Yes, the Lions' epic comeback in London gives them the division lead for now. But their schedule stiffens in a few weeks, with back to back games in Arizona and New England--and they have injury concerns of their own on both sides of the ball. As for the Pack, with three of the next four at home, the schedule turns to their favor. They're likely to be favored in each of their remaining eight games.

On this night the Packers were unable to slow Drew Brees, Mark Ingram and the Saints from the start, but held them to the same three first half field goals the Packers settled for, to go along with a touchdown. And when the Packers were driving and about to go up by seven in the third quarter it looked like the see-saw battle would continue and whoever got the ball last would win. But the deflection off Andrew Quarless in the end zone swung the momentum.

Brees led them to the go ahead score and Rodgers was clearly not himself the rest of the way. With the Pack's offense stifled, the defense couldn't stop the avalanche. Hopefully the three starters who missed the game, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett and Datone Jones will be ready to play after the bye. Jay Cutler, Nick Foles and Tom Brady are on the November docket--all at Lambeau.

So it got away from us and the four game winning streak (and the 10 game October winning streak) is history. The bye week will allow us all to r-e-l-a-x, hopefully get the nicked up guys healthy and allow everyone to get set for the stretch drive. Happy Halloween everybody.

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