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Packers Beat Colts: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Looking at Packers preseason win over Colts.

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1. QB Rodgers--he looked sharp completing 19 of 23 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions for a rating of 118.1. For the preseason, Rodgers has completed 34-of-43 passes for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns.

2. TE Taylor–he is great rookie special teams player and receiver.  He caught 3 passes for 24 yards and 1 touchdown. He caught the last-minute touchdown pass and the tying two-points pass to tie the game.  He has clearly moved up the roster ahead of rookie Williams and veteran Crabtree.

3. QB Harrell--he went from goat (interception led to Colts score) to hero. With the Packer trailing 21-13, he drove 73 yards in 11 plays culminating in 11 yard touchdown pass to rookie TE Taylor.  Then, he hit Taylor for the tying two-point conversion.  With the successful onside kick, he drove the Packers to field goal range. Then K Crosby kicked the winning 50 yard field goal as time expired.

4. Coach McCarthy–he made a great call getting the successful onside kick to set up the final winning offensive score.

5. TE Finley–returning to great form, he caught 4 passes for 41 yards and 1 great touchdown.


1. Secondary miscues–the secondary was shredded by backups. Safeties Burnett and Collins and fan favorite CB Bush were all guilty in big miscues. S Burnett looked awful blowing cover-2 coverage, biting on an underneath route, and leaving WR Wayne alone for an easy 57 yards touchdown.  Earlier, he got away with gross interference on a wide receiver with no call made. CB Bush is an old story failing in man-to-man coverage and getting beat for a touchdown on a corner route into the end zone to WR Brooks.

2. Running game–RB Grant looked pedestrian. He had 16 yards on 6 carries averaging only 2.6 ypc showing hesitation and no power running.

3. No-huddle offense--mixed performances with one touchdown on first series and one field goal in the next three no-huddle possessions with all three drives stopped by sacks. Overall, the No. 1 offense had five drives scoring one touchdown and a field goal.


1. Pass protection–in the first half, the first team gave up four sacks showing lapses in protection. LT Clifton had an awful game allowing two sacks and holding call to nullify a Packers touchdown. RG Sitton gave up a big DT Harris sack on another offensive series.

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4 Responses to “Packers Beat Colts: The Good, Bad & Ugly”

  1. Wacked Pack Fan says:

    thanks for the analysis. Have to ask one question though: why do you think Taylor has moved ahead of Williams and Crabtree? Is it based on the last drive or practice play as well?

    • Billy Needham says:

      Taylor has been the better blocker, and has shown just as much pass catching skills as the other two. Williams dropped the only pass his way, and Taylor caught evry pass his way. The same goes for in practice, Taylor has crept ahead of the other two.

    • Jclombardi says:

      In the preseason and practice, due to his special teams and receiving productions, Taylor has moved surprisingly ahead of Williams. We shall see.

      Jclombardi Packers Lead Blogger

  2. John Zoul says:

    After last night, I believe he’s also moved ahead of Quarless. He has excellent pass catching ability…Plays well on special teams. What’s not to like?

    There’s going to be a bit of a shakeup in dbs/safeties and Lbs…expect a couple surprises.

    At running back, I like the flashes we’ve seen from Alex Green and James Starks. Ryan Grant hasn’t played like he needs to make the roster. Maybe the ankle injury took away his power and explosiveness. I hope I’m wrong about Grant. So far, he’s been pedestrian, at best.

    I did not see Havner nor Swain play last night. They look like they’re not even in the running to make the team.

    What’s up with Ricky Elmore? Did he play last night? L. Guy-severe concussion-practice squad or PUP-list?

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