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Game Review: Packers Done in By Favre and Vikings 30-23

The Packer Backer Blog’s Senior Writer John C. Redfern has shared with us his game thoughts from last night:

Summary:

Former Packer QB Favre threw three touchdown passes to lead the Vikings to a 30-23 win over the Packers.  QB Rodgers threw 26 of 37 for 384 yards with two touchdowns, one fumble, one interception, and one safety.  For the legendary NFL QB Favre, the sports headlines called it revenge and vindication against GM TT. The Vikings are 4-0.  The Packers are 2-2 going into their bye week.

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Game Ball: 1. LB Matthews.

Quotes:

1. CB Woodson:He played a great game and apparently he got his wish tonight. He stuck it to us pretty good.”

2. RB Peterson:Just the determination in his eyes, you could tell this was a little extra.  It wasn’t just another game. We can admit that now.”

3.  QB Rodgers:Below my expectations, definitely.  To have three possessions where you’re in their territory and come away with zero points, two of them are directly related to mistakes by myself, that’s disappointing.”

Report Card Grades: Good, Bad, & Ugly [PBB]

Pass Offense—C+. QB Rodgers threw 26 of 37 for 384 yards with two touchdowns, one fumble, one interception, one safety, and eight sacks.  Rodgers had a rough evening with awful pass protection.  As a reviewer said:
The receivers had numerous dropped passes.  TE Lee dropped a hook pass in the end zone on 4 and 1. TE Finley has six catches for 128 yards.  WR Driver had 4 catches for 55 yards.  RB Grant had 4 catches for 50 yards.  WR Nelson had 3 catches for 47 yards.
Rush Offense—C. RB Grant ran okay, but he had only 11 carries for 51 yards averaging 4.6 yards.
Pass Defense—D. Favre was the difference in the game dismantling the 3-4 defense with ease.  It did not help that the defense simply lacked a pass rush and suffered from zone coverage lapses. As one reviewer said: QB Favre had a sharp performance that included completing five of six third-down passes with four of those converting first downs on touchdown drives. When the Packers sat back in coverage, he patiently waited for an opening.  When they blitzed, he made them pay.
Rush defense—B+. The Packers did a great job holding RB Peterson to 55 yards on 22 carries.
Special teams—C+-. The kickoff coverage were okay, but the punt coverage was below average.  The kick and punt returns were just average.  K Crosby hit one field goal. P Kapinos had 2 punts averaging a solid 50 yards.
Coaching—D-The Packers came out with a patient, conservative game plan designed to slow the Vikings’ vaunted pass rush.  However, by the third quarter, that game plan was too conservative being evident on the failed red zone drive, e.g. everybody knew that FB draw was coming.   They were 0 for two in the red zone.  They had 7 penalties for 57 yards.
Overall Game—D. The Packers showed overall regression suffering with the same old issues of turnovers, penalties, blown coverages, poor pass protection, and dropped passes.  They have a long way to go to solve these serious problems.
Rodgers vs. Favre series: week 4. Hmm, “Silver Fox” Vikings 4-0. Bears at 3-1.  Packers 2-2.
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Commentary: No surprise!  The Packers were overwhelmed in prime time.  Looking back, the preseason Packer hype was created to set up this ratings showdown in the sports nation.  The strengths and weaknesses of the Packers are evident to the fans and teams.   QB Favre knows his former team well.  He outfoxed and outflanked the Packers to win the game.  Encore: November 1st.

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2 Responses to “Game Review: Packers Done in By Favre and Vikings 30-23”

  1. Fans and bloggers:

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