Packers Remain Perfect, Though Their Performance Isn't QuitePosted:Oct 16th, 2011 11:17 pm
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.