Packers XLV

Debacle in Denver.

Posted November 2nd, 2015 @ 05:11am

It's been a long day. It's late Sunday night; just got home from a fun, if disheartening night at the Park Tavern. There's not much to say after that one. Right now, it feels like the most flat, uninspiring, one-sided loss of the McCarthy era.

As you know, this regime has had great success coming out of bye week, having won eight of nine heading into the Bronco game. But the Packers were never in this one, beaten handily up front on both sides of the ball. Defensively, the Pack couldn't cover Demaryius Thomas and even struggled against their average tight ends. As I suspected, they struggled to contain Ronnie Hillman. When Sam Shields went down with a shoulder injury, Casey Hayward got exposed (nearly halfway through the season I've seen enough to believe the Pack will let Hayward walk this offseason).

The most mystifying thing about this game to me was the Pack's inability to put heat on Peyton Manning. Their makeshift line kept the pass rush at bay--very disappointing, with the Packers coming in as healthy on that side of the ball as they've been since the opener.

More alarming was the offense--this has to rank as one of Rodgers' all time clunkers. Less than 80 yards passing? Not in a quarter but in the game. You've got to credit the three corners, who blanketed the Pack's receivers all night. McCarthy and Clement continually sent the WRs downfield on slow developing routes--meanwhile, Rodgers was running for his life.

Look, every now and then you put up a stinker. It's no fun, but let's look big picture. If the Packers are going to lose three or four games this year, losing to an AFC team is the least painful, with no tiebreaker repercussions. Flip side, they need to swallow their pride and get ready for next week because a visit to (likely) undefeated Carolina is a huge game, with all kinds of playoff tiebreaker repercussions, and their defense can be mentioned in the same breath as the Broncos.'

Between now and next Sunday, the offense needs to figure out a way to break out of its funk and the defense has to get back to what it looked like a few weeks back. A loss like this will have everybody looking in the mirror and will hopefully get their attention in a hurry. In the meantime, we'll have to put up with Vikings fans assuring us that the NFC North is up for grabs.

No it isn't. At least, I don't think it is. I'll get back to you next Sunday at around 3:15. How they bounce back from this debacle will give us a good idea of what this team is all about.

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Just want to point out that the Vikings had a chance to win on the final drive at Denver, and didn't need a goal line stand to keep San Diego from forcing OT. Draw your own conclusions I guess.

on November 1st, 2015 at 11:56pm

The once stout Packer offense is posting 19.5 points per game over their last 4. Aaron is 22nd in the league in passing yards and your leading rusher has yet to cross the 300 yard mark. The biggest plays of the year have come from drawing the defense offsides. A Capers Defense has always been high risk, high reward. I'm not saying the Vikings have a great team but I'm not sold on the Packers. #objectsinyourmirror

on November 2nd, 2015 at 02:06pm

But wouldn't be you if you didn't come here for the expressed purpose of stirring the pot now, would it? ;-)

on November 2nd, 2015 at 04:19pm

I'm not going to lie. This hurt, but it's one loss to undefeated team from the AFC on an away game. Next week will tell us more and its still an interesting season. Larry, Yes you get some things right and I do give you credit when you do. I usually don't worry about point out what you get wrong. I will say the most annoying thing you do is write about how people should read your post.

on November 2nd, 2015 at 04:19pm

I always come to you Dave to get a therapy session after a crushing defeat. You are a paaaionate fan yet realistic in your assessment of the team. Each week we try to predict how a game will go, looking at each team strengths and weaknesses. The last few games we have been completely wrong. Our offensive line is supposed to be a strength, yet against San Diego they couldn't get a consistent run game going. San Diego was supposed to have the worst run defense in the league. A few big plays made the stats look ok. Then last night we were playing a weak offensive line against an immobile QB and got no pressure on Manning with our defense. Either we are very overrated on both lines, or they have been playing way below their potential. Thanks, as always for keeping it real and always backing the Pack!

on November 2nd, 2015 at 06:18am

Let's give credit where it's due. The performance by the Broncos' secondary was the best I'd ever seen...period. In 50 years of watching football, that was easily the best shutdown performance ever. Simply amazing.

on November 2nd, 2015 at 10:06am

You know what's even more amazing, Voice? The fact our 2nd year QB had 270 yards and a 92 rating vs that D. Equally amazing is how I told you that your defense was a fraud and that THC had lost the one ounce of objectivity he still had by comparing your defense to Denver's in his game preview. Soak this one up, Pack fans!

on November 2nd, 2015 at 10:16am

Voice..You know I like you am a long time Packer fan..going back to the days of no names on the back of the jerseys. But..will you finally agree with my preseason forecast of this teams defense being no better in personell than the last few years. If we do not get a turnover to stop a drive the D gives up 500 yards. Also if Arod does not carry us we are very ordinary. We can not win games with 60 or less offensive plays. We need to be at 75plus which we are when winning. Losing Jordy is really starting to show. GO PACKGO !!

on November 2nd, 2015 at 10:20am

Lisa, I love Davey too, but keeping it real? did you read my post, before the game? I was the one keeping it real. Dave is saying in his post game , what I said before the game. I saw this coming 3 games ago, they are not clicking on offense, and Ol is overrated. they have to put Janis in there just to get some speed on outside, there Defense all were within 20 yds of line all nite. not much you can do if your 12 and no one can get open. But a lot of this is on MM too, not a very good scheme at all with any crossing routes to free anyone up, or pick plays. Like I said last week, Carolina is the game we will find out what we have and where we stand. GO Packers

on November 2nd, 2015 at 12:11pm

Hey Cane...who pathetic is your life, that you click on a Packers blog and read an article about the Packers! My god man, what a sorry existence.

on November 2nd, 2015 at 12:37pm

Jeff--just like THC's Pack Preview radio show (which I also listen to)--this blog--is NOT just for Packer fans. So slow your roll. You guys lose one fricken game and it's time to personally attack people.....

on November 2nd, 2015 at 12:45pm

I kinda agree with Cane, Packers got there butts kicked! We gotta sit back and take our medicine!

on November 3rd, 2015 at 06:52am

If anyone thought, or still thinks, that this team was invincible prior to this game, take a moment and think - don't kid yourselves. Every team has a weakness, and I mean EVERY team. This is all part of the ebb and flow of a season. I have no problem with the Packers having lost this one, and exposing some issues that need to be corrected. Would any of us have preferred to have something like this go down in week 15 or 16...or worse yet, the playoffs? I, for one, am damn glad this was taken care of at this point of the season instead of later. And OSSG, it looks like I'm going to fight you (playfully) for the rest of the season on this issue...the Packers defensive personnel IS better than last year's, even with the inexperience in the secondary. The new guys are coming along, and be seasoned veterans by the time the playoffs come along. Last year, Rodgers asked us to R-E-L-A-X. This year, it's P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E. This was only a minor glitch. NEWS FLASH: The sky is not falling.

on November 3rd, 2015 at 12:56pm

Has Dave from Maple Grove been taken off suicide watch?

on November 4th, 2015 at 02:25pm

Lynndickey fan, I hear ya, but i like reading the comments just as much as dave's post. Ican tell Lisa is very knowledgeable in her comments, but when she said we were all wrong the last 3 weeks, I just want to state I think i have been pretty close on how there playing, let alone the predictions and score. just having fun with everyone who posts . I don't take any thing that serious, I just turned a 1st time Granpa last week, that is what makes my life feel great and satisfied. it's just a game and hoped everyone reads every ones comments.. Don't be surprised if the packers win this week, 12 has not lost back to back games since 2010 i think I heard that right. pretty impressive. Packers win 24-20

on November 4th, 2015 at 10:45pm

I felt so bad for all those Packer fans who went to Denver( sans tickets) to watch the Pack. A lot of them didn't want to pay the outrageous scalpers' price the tickets were going for. My tickets only cost $150 (face value). In the end, I'll bet the fans without tickets were feeling sorry for poor saps like me.

on November 6th, 2015 at 03:20pm

Location and timing. Any other team in the league that had to play that game in Denver on prime time would likely have had a similar experience to the Packers. There's no shortage of cases where a top notch NFL team not only loses a game but gets dominated and lesser opponents than the Broncos have done it. See New England at Kansas City a year or two ago. Playing consecutive road games against NFL unbeaten teams identified this as a potential slump stretch for the Pack. It's the stretch of 4 straight games against NFC North teams coming up that will matter more. When the Packers are sitting at 10-2 at the beginning of December we'll be feeling differently.

on November 6th, 2015 at 07:02am

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