Archive for November, 2009

This is not looking good

November 26, 2009

It’s hard to overcome a start like we’ve had. Nelson’s fumble sucked. The officials seem to have decided to favor the home team like they usually do. Crosby sucks. AJ Hawk has been standing around. It’s unreal, I’ve been watching the last few plays and it’s almost like he’s not paying attention.

Mason Crosby starting to piss me off

November 26, 2009

Crosby has not kicked well. In the stats I highlighted the other day, no kicker is worse from 50+ yards, and he may now have taken over the bottom spot for overall percentage after that miss. He’s hurting our team. If he can’t figure it out, I honestly think the team should consider bringing in Matt Stover if Indy drops him when Adam Vinatieri returns in the next week or two.

Korey Hall the key?

November 26, 2009

I have wanted to research this for a while now, and I will at some point, but I’m pretty sure that if we were to figure out the Packers record for games in which Korey Hall has played, it would show that the Packers win considerably more games than when he is not on the field.

great 3rd down play call

November 26, 2009

It’s rare that I’m loving a 3rd down pitch to a RB. But with Tauscher pulling like that, there was tons of space for Jackson and we got an easy first down.

Unbelievable stat they just flashed

November 26, 2009

Rodgers 129.9 passer rating on 3rd downs? That’s unreal. One of the key passing downs for any QB, that stat shows pretty clearly we have a gem at QB.

Positively wuss call against Matthews there

November 26, 2009

What has become of the NFL? How incredibly lame is that? He touches Stafford’s helmet and gets a roughing the passer call that gives the Lions 4 fresh downs. 10 years ago even, a call like that would have caused an outrage. This is part of a larger issue I have with the direction of the NFL – rules, rules rules. Let’s let them play.

Pre-game Pack/Lion thoughts

November 26, 2009
  • Yes, stop Kevin Smith – but make sure that when Culpepper does drop back, he’s scared into turnovers.
  • Last Detroit/Packers game, I warned about Brandon Pettigrew. I was a bit premature with that. But now he’s starting to look good and we should keep an extra eye on him.
  • Get the ball to Jennings again. Last week, I called for Jennings getting into the action early. McCarthy dutifully read through our pregame thoughts and obliged, featuring Jennings. He’s too good to lay low anymore – go to him over and over until defenses shift disproportionately his way, then pass to whoever is wide open.
  • Get Grant going and let him score some TDs. I don’t have him in my fantasy league – I just think it’s an important part of feeling like THE team’s RB. Get him some scores.
  • Even though we all had some criticism for the game plans Capers put together against the Vikes and against a few other opponents, there is something that should be said – the Packers’ defense statistically ranked fairly high and more importantly, for the first time in a long time, opponents are beginning to be concerned about facing our defense. Even when we were 13-3 in 2007, I don’t think teams were TOO concerned re what our defense might do. But with the blitzing and the turnover-causing and the occasional unpredictability, this defense is starting to show some signs of living up to the preseason billing.
  • BJ Raji may become more and more of a force – he looks pretty good to me.
  • Should be exciting to watch Brad Jones and Tramon get important/national TV starts. While I actually expect both to have good games and get Packer fans pumped for what may come, my enthusiasm will be tempered knowing this is Detroit.
  • I’d love to see a couple big returns by Jordy. He is a very patient return guy – kind of has the running patience of one Ron Dayne, when he patiently broke the NCAA rushing record at Wisconsin). He’s a smart returner and I’m guessing he’ll make a difference tomorrow.
  • I want the Packers to play a full 60 minutes tomorrow. Even if they jump out to a lead, I want them to stick with the game plan that hopefully will have gotten them the lead through at least 3.5 quarters – I don’t want them to back off and go into some prevent defense/offense crap. Detroit showed last week, albeit against Cleveland, some fight by coming back in the last seconds.
  • I can see 3-4 turnovers by the Lions and will be somewhat disappointed with fewer than 3.
  • I’ll say the same thing I said before the last Detroit/Packers game – I’m not too worried re this game. I know that’s cocky, and it’s the Thanksgiving game etc, but Rodgers is solid mentally and playing very well, Grant is finally getting the ball, McCarthy has sort of awakened to the need for playcalling balance, our defense scares opponents more than they have for quite a while and Detroit is just not a talented team.
  • Packers 34, Lions 17.

Jerome Bettis on Cutler

November 25, 2009

“At some point he has to accept some blame. Look, Jay: If you smell s— everywhere you go, it just might be you.”  (Here.)

Some stats to chew on

November 24, 2009
  • #1 rated passer in the NFL at 112 – Brett Favre
  • #4 rated passer in the NFL at 102 – Aaron Rodgers
  • Tom Brady has passed for 3049 yards already, could he break the Marino record?
  • Jay Cutler has thrown for 18 ints this year, to go with his 74.5 QB rating
  • Rodgers and Romo are tied for most passes over 40 yards – 11 each
  • Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 43 times – leading the NFL. Of the top 10 Qbs rating-wise (excluding the sack-prone Ben Roethlisberger’s 30), no top 10 QB has been sacked more than 22 times. Unreal difference.
  • Ryan Grant is the #9 RB in the NFL at 82.9 yards per game
  • Chris Johnson’s 6.2ypc and overall 124.2ypg averages are making Adrian Peterson look just OK. Dominant.
  • #9 in receptions this year in the NFL: Ray Rice, RB from Balt.
  • Wes Welker is averaging 106.8 yards per game.
  • Nearly 1/3 (14 of 50) of Sidney Rice’s receptions have been for more than 20 yards.
  • NO WR Robert Meacham has 16 receptions on the year – 7 of those have been for Tds.
  • Shane Lechler kicked off 1 time this year and blasted a 75 yard kickoff to the opposing team’s 5 yard-line – and it was returned for a TD. He has no other kickoffs this year.
  • Indy kickoff specialist Pat McAfee leads the NFL in kickoff distance at nearly 70 yards per kickoff.
  • Mason Crosby is the 25th ranked kicker in terms of FG percentage (18/23 – 78%).
  • Mason Crosby is last in the NFL for kicks over 50 yards (kickers w/2 or more attempts – he is 1 of 5 – 20%).
  • For net average (a key indicator in a punter’s performance), Jeremy Kapinos ranks last in the NFL at 33.5 (for punters who’ve punted more than 30 times).
  • Jeremy Kapinos ranks 28th for punts inside the 20.
  • The Packers rank 17th in the league with 21 sacks.
  • Individually, Cullen Jenkins has 4.5 sacks, good for 31st in the NFL.
  • The Packers are ranked #7 overall in yards per game and 8th in PPG.
  • The Packers have the #3 ranked defense in yards allowed per game, yet they are ranked 12th in points allowed per game.
  • The 3-7 Washington Redskins are ranked #5 and #6 respectively for the same defensive categories and the previous entry.
  • The Packers have committed the 7th FEWEST penalties as a defense.
  • The Packers have committed the MOST penalties of any team on offense.
  • The Packers lead the NFL in turnover ratio at +14.

Bad news for Packers’ D

November 23, 2009

Read here from Greg Bedard as jsonline.com. Aaron Kampman and Al Harris out for the season. Ugly. While Harris gave up a few big plays this year, overall, he was a solid corner. We will miss him in particular. As Bedard notes, if this is true and Kampman is out for the year, it’s too bad for him career-wise.

Filling these holes will be difficult. Tramon Williams has had his moments, but in a few games this year (the MN game at Lambeau in particular) teams have clearly game-planned to go right at him. He’s not a very physical corner (Harris is) and interestingly, he has particular issues covering the slant pattern. Still, he’ll have to be our guy now – let’s hope he can do it. I think Brad Jones may end up doing pretty well so I’m less concerned re Kampman’s injury.

But the one factor that may not be talked about much elsewhere is the loss of their locker room and on-field leadership. For a team with few true/respectable veterans leaders, this really hurts. McCarthy, Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Pickett, Barnett, Tauscher – these guys need to step up and get this team through this stretch. This team is 6-4 with a decent chance to make a playoff push.

 


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