The Game That Lived-Up to the Hype

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What a game! First off, let’s give credit where it’s due. Minnesota won in the trenches. Brett played like he was thirty instead of forty (five days hence). They deserve credit. Nothing for us to be ashamed of. We played hard all sixty minutes.

Thoughts:

1. Injuries: Will Blackmon’s knee injury appeared serious (acl-tear?)-I hope it’s a knee strain.
Darryn Colledge appeared to have a knee injury also. But, I think it’s a knee strain.

2. Dropped balls: I clearly remember three:
1. D. Wynn in the left flat
2. D. Driver on the right sideline
3. Donald Lee in the endzone on 4th-and-goal

3. Penalties:
Green Bay-seven penalties, several key
Minnesota-two meaningless penalties

4. Major blown coverages:
Derrick Martin was out-of position on a few huge pass plays.

5. Improvements:
Ryan Grant ran eleven times for 51 yards. Looked solid.
Allen Barbre continues to improve at right tackle.
Linebackers: Looked solid against the run all game.
Kicking Game: Two onside kicks we had a shot at recovering.
Defensive Line was stout against the run.
Clay Matthews huge play for a TD.
Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson.

6. Room for Improvement:
Offensive Line as a unit limiting the number of sacks.
Aaron Rodgers getting rid of the ball quicker.
Our second running back this year has almost zero production.
Fewer dropped passes.
More aggressive play calling on the defensive side of the ball.

7. Week Five off, gives these key players time to heal:
1. Chad Clifton
2. D. Colledge
3. B. J. Raji
4. Atari Bigby
5. Brandon Jackson
6. Mike Montgomery
7. Greg Jennings
8. Everyone else

8. After this game, I am seriously questioning exactly why we released Anthony Smith in favor of Aaron Rouse. Only to release Rouse after the Cincinnati game. Then signing Derrick Martin. Here’s my sincere thoughts: Of the three, Smith was superior to the other two as a safety. Far superior.

Derrick Martin was out-of-position and was burned on at least two big plays against the Vikings, one for a TD, when Al Harris had the right-zone and Martin was supposed to cover the right deep zone and was beaten like a red-headed step-child. Martin is not as good as Rouse. He stunk last night. Neither he nor Bush are starting safety material.

The general manager along with the head coach made these decisions. They may have cost us the game last night. That is a glaring weakness we currently have. Atari Bigby is badly needed for the rest of the season. Hopefully, he’ll be healthy versus the Lions in Week Six.

9. Their offensive line allowed zero sacks and only one hit on Favre. We allowed eight sacks, (and many other hits on our QB) which resulted in a fumble which killed a drive deep in their territory (at the Vikings 24 yard line) and a safety. Rodgers took a beating. We need to stop the bleeding. I sincerely hope, first thing this morning, that Ted Thompson was calling the agent for Mark Tauscher. Even if he’s four weeks off, we need him, assuming his knee has healed and he’s in shape or should be within a few weeks.

10. The drop-off from Brandon Jackson to DeShawn Wynn is steep. He dropped a wide open pass in the flat, with no one around, which should’ve gone for at least seven or eight yards.

Next year, we need our two highest draft choices on an offensive tackle and a running back.

Then, a third or fourth rounder on a safety.

A few final parting shots.

The Vikings defensive line continually pressured, hit or sacked Rodgers all four quarters. The Packers defensive line stopped Adrian Peterson, but, accounted for zero sacks. I believe we had a grand total of one hit on Favre. One hit, which resulted-surprise-in an incompletion. To summarize, they had constant pressure, we had literally, no pressure. Giving favre all day to survey the field was a recipe for disaster. He tore us a new hindquarters.

Minnesota won the field position battle. They had a clear advantage in the punting game. They had a clear advantage in having only two minor penalties to our seven.

The most questionable call of the game was on the interception by Woodson in the end zone. That was a great play by Woodson and its called interference on him. That cost us seven points and would’ve been a huge momentum changer.

In conclusion, we need to get healthy on both our lines, at running back, safety and on special teams. The penalty on Chillar was pathetic.

Let’s give credit to Brett. He won it with his arm. Again.


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3 Responses to “The Game That Lived-Up to the Hype”

  1. We played the ‘Best Quaterback’ stayed on his feet… Their team won this round.. Does it tell you what we have to do the next time we meet…

  2. When we do meet them again @ HOME.. Let us show the pride that we have here in Green Bay Packer Country… Let us ‘BE POLITE’ Yes, he retired, Farve had done that or said it many times.. then he rest, he thinks things over.. Comes back.. He is just a ‘BIG KID’ that likes to play FOOTBALL.. and by the way he is good at it.. Think about it – Packers never signed his release – he never signed his release – MAYBE we shuld have just let him go HOME think thing over and talk to him in the SPRING before we let the ‘WALK do the TALK’

  3. By the way I am a TRUE ‘PACKER FANS’ when they are playing good or when they are OFF.. Not like some that only ‘Have EYES for the Pack’ when they are on top of the game… BUT they played and lost.. Look things over.. Make the changes needed.. AND be ready for the next meeting… GO PACK

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