Packers XLV

Just When You Think You Know What's Going On...

Posted October 19th, 2015 @ 01:10am

Sure, the NFL is unpredictable, but this was ridiculous. Behind a makeshift offensive line, the immobile Philip Rivers was supposed to struggle at Lambeau. And Eddie Lacy was supposed to carve up that 30th ranked run defense. The crestfallen Chargers were operating on a short week and playing a team that has been invincible at home. The Packers were 10 1/2 point favorites.

So naturally, Rivers threw for nearly 1,000 yards, Eddie Lacy was invisible and the Chargers came within a Demarious Randall fingertip of forcing overtime. The bye couldn't come at a better time for the 6-0 Pack, who need to refocus, regroup and recuperate.

Where to begin? Let's start here. Philip Rivers was phenomenal. So was his patchwork offensive line. Rivers kept the pass rush off balance all day with his quick release and decision making. He went to work early and often on Randall, who was assigned the task of covering Keenan Allen and was not up to the task. The Packers defense could not move Rivers off his spot, couldn't disrupt his timing and was powerless to stop his aerial assault. Despite a complete lack of a running game, Rivers and the passing game was unstoppable.

Clearly the Packers had not faced a QB of Rivers' pedigree this season, and with three starters out (Raji, Burnett and Perry), they couldn't keep up with him. They couldn't get off the field on third down and they had no answers for Allen, Gates and Woodhead. The fact that Allen couldn't finish the game with a hip injury might be the only reason the game didn't go to overtime.

Of course, the defense stiffened when it absolutely had to, and was saved when Randall made a terrific, athletic play on fourth down and knocked down a ball that was earmarked for Woodhead, who appeared to be open. And we could all exhale.

Now, let's talk about the offense. We were all surprised to see James Starks get the start. His cut back run of 65 yards for a touchdown was the Pack's signature play of the day. But where was Lacy? Perhaps we'll get word tomorrow when Mike McCarthy addresses the media. He made a Hitchcock-like cameo, carrying four times for three yards and catching a pair of passes for 17 yards.

The reports coming out of Green Bay all week told us that Lacy's ankle was stronger, that he was using less tape and it appeared he was ready to bust out. Instead, he was an afterthought. Very interested to see what develops in the next couple of weeks.

When Ty Montgomery went down early with what looked like a serious ankle injury, the Jeff Janis era began and Rodgers was without three of the top four guys he thought he'd be throwing to when training camp opened. The offense was herky jerky all afternoon. A couple of impressive drives were overshadowed by many more drives that were over before they started--once again the Pack struggled to convert on third downs and were dominated  in time of possession, yards, pretty much any category you care to look at--besides the final score.

They're not all going to be pretty. The Pack is 6-0 for the first time since 2011 and they have two weeks to get ready for the last two games of the second quarter: against teams that are a combined 11-0 (Denver and Carolina). They will need to be better (and healthier) on both sides of the ball when they hit the road if they have any hope of staying unbeaten.

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First...Two closed circuit messages: 1- Davy...The way the defense performed take my "Eating Crow Pie" and put it back in your freezer. 2- Voice....I know you say a win is a win....but as I told you at the beginning of the season the only way our defense makes stops against good offenses and some medicore ones is with turnovers. Match ups with personnel are difficult for us. So now my general game observations....looks like we will see more of the quick short passes by teams against us.....even with Hawk out our LB's have poor pass coverage. Defenses will do more protecting of their edge lanes keeping Rodgers in the pocket. Nice to see Janus getting some deep try's. Our defense is really in need of a healthy Morgan Burnett. Let's not see so many 3rd and long conversions by our opponents any more this year. Bye week is coming at an excellent time. Look forward to the Nov. 1 anniversary get together. GO PACK GO !!

on October 18th, 2015 at 09:21pm

Posted October 19th, 2015 @ 01:10am - uh, it's October 18th, 2015 @ 09:20pm...CST

on October 18th, 2015 at 09:21pm

Well...that one did not go quite as we expected. Overtime would have been scary considering how gassed the D was and the inconsistency of the Offense. Glad to have the W. 6 - 0 is a good place to be and we should be able to get healthy and stay focused over the bye. Go Pack!

on October 19th, 2015 at 01:16pm

OK, say what you will about the defense, but guess what? They saved the day at the end when it counted. What really set the defense back was all those 3-and-outs in the 3rd quarter, where the defense was on the field for almost the entire quarter. No wonder they were torched like they were. The offense didn't do them any favors. Ever have a day that was just plain lousy? The Packers apparently had one of those yesterday, but it worked out in the long run. A win is a win, indeed (thanks, OSSG), and the bye comes up at a good time.

on October 19th, 2015 at 07:46am

Well, first off, a win is a win, no matter how ugly it is, and boy was this one ugly. The bye couldn't come at a better time. I have a strong feeling that had SD of scored at the end they would've went for 2, based on how the first half ended I think they were in attack mode. Luckily it didn't come to that. The offense was pretty pedestrian and we really need to get guys healthy. Yeah the defense was beaten bad yesterday, BUT, the offense having 3 and outs all afternoon didn't help. But a positive is that even though they gave up like 550 yards, they only allowed 20 points, now I am not a fan of "bend, don't break", but it's what good teams do, they fid a way to win, and these guys found another way. Happy to see 6-0, happy to see the Seahawks lost again, and happy to have a well deserved rest for the green and gold. GO Pack GO

on October 19th, 2015 at 08:42am

So we should all go back to being nervous all the time about every game and very cynical about success. Yep, the team is not perfect. Yeah, those away games against winning teams are going to be hard. The big picture still looks good though. ...And I like those throw back caps. I think I'll get myself one of those. It's still good to be a Packer fan.

on October 19th, 2015 at 09:34am

Well Dave, like I said before, you must not read other posts on your blog. I said it would be close, and Rivers would throw swing and dump off passes to Woodhead and Gates. and we would win 27-21 if you missed it. I think that's pretty close. But Voice is right again. when you have 3rd and 1, from your 40 and throw it 40 yds down the field to Rodgers. why? our Defense is gassed, when you have lacy and Starks, and if that OL can't get 1 yd, on the 30th ranked d against the run, we have to stop bragging up this Ol then. I will still take this D anytime, they did only give up 20 points, and we won. we need to get healthy especially at WR. I know I and others are spoiled, were still 6-0. Go Packers

on October 19th, 2015 at 11:24am

I'm going to attempt to put a different spin on this game. Well, maybe not all that much different, but the point being, this was a great win, no matter how you slice it. These are the sorts of wins that forge a championship resolve, where you can feel good about a crunch time win with everything on the line. A lot of fans love blowout wins, but as you may have figured, they make no difference to me at all. Never be apologetic for an "ugly" win. Like Rodgers said in his post game interview, I'll take them any way I can get them. Amen, brother.

on October 20th, 2015 at 05:02am

You may want to adjust your power rankings. I love the fact the Packers are 6-0, but the Patriots are clearly the best team right now. I'd probably put the Bengals in second and the Packers third.

on October 20th, 2015 at 10:19am

did I see someone write on here before the draft to get Stefon Diggs, in 5th rd or lockett in earlier rounds. who was that guy?

on October 24th, 2015 at 12:29pm

They're not all going to be pretty...." That's a pretty optimistic way to talk about women from Wisconsin, Dave. Whenever I turn on a Packers game I'm not sure if everyone in the stands is also a "share holder" in Old Country Buffet or if they're all just planning on dressing up as McCarthy for Halloween

on October 30th, 2015 at 09:20am

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