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Green Bay Packers Loss To Cincinnati Is No Reason To Panic: Here’s Why

“The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.”—Vince Lombardi.

A testament to Lombardi’s quote was Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals.

There are weekends where the normal, expected circumstances grace our television screens, such as Peyton Manning throwing for over 300 yards in a win, and then there are days that provide us with more confusion than hearing about Mike Singletary giving a three-minute speech in his underwear.

In today’s game, there is simply no guarantee week after week. You can be the number one team in the NFL—top dog—and still fall to the lowly underdog in the blink of an eye, and it is this type of reality that every team faces in any given season, in any given game. That’s football.

In Sunday’s contest between the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals, we found the aforementioned to hold true.

Coming into this game, the Packers were heavily favored and, to be honest, the better team on paper. Now, this is not to say the Bengals are without talent, but again, on paper, the Packers are better.

The Packers’ passing game became near one-dimensional, the running game usage was inept at best, and the overall play on the O-line was once again futile.

But even with all that said, the Packers are still a top team in the NFC, believe it or not, and Sunday’s performance is very much wrapped in wool, so to speak.

Yes, the Packers’ passing game became a bit one-dimensional, but in defense of the Packers, the Bengals did a fantastic job rotating safety help towards Jennings; the idea was to shut down one of Rodgers’ primary weapons, and it worked like a charm.

Yes, the Packers’ running game usage was inept, and although I don’t particularly agree with the play calling, running 14 times in a game regardless of the reason won’t help in getting a win. But there was little blocking help on the ends, and the power game up the middle as their only option was not something Green Bay was going to have too much success with anyway.

With a shootout seemingly building, the running game was perpetually cast aside like that one toy that never gets played with—sorry, Woody—so, again, although I don’t agree with the play calling, one has to envision what was going on in McCarthy’s head.

In the Chicago matchup, Allen Barbre had his hands full with Ogdenleye, but redeemed himself against the Bengals. The problem was the other side of the field, where Daryn Colledge was dealing with Antwan Odom, but losing Chad Clifton certainly didn’t help either.

The Packers gave up six sacks total.

Then there was the departure of Nick Collins, and if you were Carson Palmer, wouldn’t you do everything you could to exploit that part of the field with Ochocinco?

I am not offering excuses, but I sure as hell won’t come out after two games and condemn the Pack either; there’s still 14 games left, for crying out loud.

What I will condemn them for is the lack of control, which inevitably robbed the Pack of an opportunity to tie the game in the closing moment

The Packers were tagged with 11 penalties for 76 yards.

This week, the Pack will travel in to the most depressing stadium in the NFL—Edward Jones Dome—to face the lowly Rams. The Rams can still run, so as to not repeat what Benson did, the Packers will have to do a better job of containing the runner and holding the line; Steven Jackson is a much better, faster runner than Benson.

There shouldn’t be any threat from the passing game as Bulger looks as if he has simply lost his will, and as Lombardi always said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

The Packers will also be devoid of any true pass rush, which makes this game a perfect chance to get the ship settled again and get back on track. It should also serve as a great way to give Rodgers some confidence, and work on the blocking scheme a bit to get ready for Minnesota the week after.

But it all comes down to what the Packers actually do!

The Packers have another game that suggests an easy win, but as Lombardi also said: “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”

Look for the Packers to bounce back vs. the Rams, 27-7.

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One Response to “Green Bay Packers Loss To Cincinnati Is No Reason To Panic: Here’s Why”

  1. MacDaddy says:

    Upbeat column. I sure hope you’re correct. Will the addition of Matt Giordano and the deletion of aaron Rouse have a positive effect?

    Will the Offensive Line continue to act as a sieve?

    Will they stick with the seemingly ineffective A.J. Hawk at one of the ILB spots? Will we be better against the run than last week?

    How will our safeties be this week?

    Will we have a running game?

    You really see a blow-out? Hope you’re right…

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