Ground Hog’s Day

88972047SB007_VIKING_PACKER
Well, that’s what it seemed to me like…I walked outside after the game…a Full Moon!…walked back inside, and JoAnn was cooking the same meal from the Monday night game, four weeks earlier…I blinked…Halloween was the night before. I dressed-up as the “Crypt Keeper” and scared the heck out of many young children…

But, let’s face it…on Sunday at Lambeau Field, Brett Favre proved again, that even at the “advanced” age of forty, he “played the Crypt Keeper” and he’s a minimum of a plateau or two superior to Aaron Rodgers. I found myself screaming at the TV, “Throw the doggone ball.” Most of the sacks were because Rodgers held onto the ball too long. Plain and simple. That was the difference in the game…

How do you walk away, feeling your defense didn’t play that poorly and yet give-up 38 points? The tipped pass, that I thought the Pack was going to intercept-five players had a shot at it-and they ran into each other…the two-point attempt thrown softly to Ryan Grant, that he somehow dropped…the 51 yard filed goal attempt that stayed about two feet wide right…the stupid penalty on Johnny Jolly which resulted in a TD instead of a FG…So, the Vikings win by twelve instead of…but, as my dear ol’ dad used to often recite, “If if’s and but’s were fruits and nuts, the whole year would be Christmas.”

We can make excuses all we want, but, right now the Vikings are the better team.

What in god’s name was the coaching staff thinking about in the entire first half? That’s the most woeful offensive performance I’ve seen by the Packers in over, dare I say it, eighteen or more years! That was pathetic. Who was calling the plays? That was downright embarassing. Less than fifty yards of offense…

Nonetheless, I thought Ahman Green looked solid. Why wasn’t he in on the two-point conversion try? He didn’t drop wide open passes ever, when he played with us the first go ’round. Ryan Grant, unfortunately, does.

I thought, overall, T.J. Lang played well. The offensive line was improved…Let’s face it, they’re better with Clifton and Tauscher, once they’re ready. They certainly however, are not the Vikings offensive line, which is arguably the best in the NFL.

Aaron Rodgers is a good QB, who I hope is still learning. He should watch “the tape” and see how quickly Brett Favre gets rid of the ball, when a big rush is coming at him. Troy Aikman, not one to criticize harshly, and a pretty fair QB in his day, said on one occasion, “He cannot take a sack and lose yardage on that play. He’s got to throw the ball away.” So, he, by holding onto the ball too long, Rodgers accounted for at least three of the sacks. He made our offensive line appear worse than it is…

In closing, let’s face it…with Favre playing for the Pack this year, we might be 7-0. Instead we’re 4-3. That’s the difference a great QB and leader make. Aaron Rodgers, take notice. Please.


Enjoyed this post?
Subscribe to Packers Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!

Submit to Digg  Stumble This Story  Share on Twitter  Post on Facebook  Post on MySpace  Add to del.icio.us  Bark It Up  Submit to Reddit  Fave on Technorati

One Response to “Ground Hog’s Day”

  1. John Zoul says:

    Correction: I stand corrected. The two-point conversion pass was tipped by Pat Williams, not flat-out dropped by Ryan Grant. Thanks to those of you who clearly pointed this out.

Leave a Reply