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NFC West overrated

September 15, 2014

As I indicated in my preseason picks, it is starting to look to me like the NFC West is definitely overrated. I picked San Fran to miss the playoffs and after last night, that looks quite possible. (Their win in Dallas was nothing – any team would have won that game considering how crappy Romo played and Garrett’s playcalls.) As I said last week after the Packers/Seahawks game, I suspected that Seattle’s greatness had less to do with the victory than the Packers’ crappy play. And I think I was right. Seattle got handled by the Chargers yesterday (and one of their TDs shouldn’t have even counted – should have been 30-14 (or 30-17 with a FD). Even though the Chargers are a good team, one that I picked to win the AFC West, Seattle isn’t THAT good.

This is shaping up to be one odd season – especially in the NFC.  Teams like the Packers and Saints look iffy while other teams like the Cardinals and Bills look decent. I’m guessing both the Packers and Saints right the ship and the Cards and Bill eventually falter – but who knows?

Game Thoughts Packers/Jets

September 14, 2014
  • Our coaches were once again, not prepared. This keeps happening. It happened last year several times and it’s happened this year now twice. Fortunately some adjustments were made and things worked out today. But that doesn’t excuse McCarthy and Capers from the fact that as coaches they are charged with making sure our guys are ready to play. They looked totally disorganized out there and completed surprised by whatever the Jets were doing. It wasn’t good at all – for the offense or defense.
  • Rodgers was awful in the 1st quarter – concerning for a bit – but then fantastic the last 3 quarters. I was very relieved to see him scramble and run for a few first downs. That was just huge. It showed me that he wanted to win and was ready to open up his skillset to make sure that we did. He was very, very good after the 1st quarter – it seemed as the team leader he was taking responsibility for the deficit the team faced. Rodgers really played a great game today.
  • Jordy Nelson is really good. It has been really fun to watch him develop the last few years to the point where he can make positively ridiculous catches right over DBs playing him super tight. Throw in a football sense – just an awareness for where he is and where he needs to be – and you have one of the top 5 WRs in the NFL. Seriously.
  • I don’t know why McCarthy doesn’t just keep his foot on the gas pedal when the offense kicks into gear. I know the no huddle can be tiring and difficult to manage logistically because it happens so fast. But when things are going well and Rodgers is picking the other team apart, it seems McCarthy is content drifting back to a slower offensive speed. He did this toward the beginning of the third quarter. Almost, it seems, to let the defense catch up. That happened last week and again today – fortunately Rodgers and Jordy made a few plays to keep drives alive in the second half today. But I want McCarthy to just be aggressive and not let up.
  • The middle of our defense still sucks. Even in the second half when the team played at a much higher level overall, the middle of our defense was exposed time and time again. I just don’t understand why the coaches don’t see that. Hawk does nothing out there. I don’t care if he’s the “defensive QB” and “assignment sure” and all that other nonsense. He just doesn’t make plays. Lattimore didn’t offer much, though I noticed on what seemed like a huge number of plays the Packers were only playing 1 ILB and bringing DBs in there.
  • TT needs to address our ILB situation. Brad Jones is terrible and Hawk is no good. If he doesn’t do that, teams will continue to run up the middle or, like the Jets did today on a key 3rd down play, make easy passes to TEs right over the middle. Other teams know there is nobody there.
  • The defense really stepped up in the second half and did in fact make some huge plays. But we have to remember – our defense got completely used by a weak Jets offense in that first half. Last week we played a fairly bland (though quality in its execution) Seattle offense and got hammered. I am really concerned about playing teams with serious offensive firepower – could just get blown out.
  • I was happy to see Davante Adams get involved. He was a real factor today. We need at least one more viable target out there as defenses really just focus on Cobb and Jordy. I did notice one issue with Adams though. On one play in the second half in the red zone Rodgers was out of the pocket running around and Adams stood there like we all used to in 3rd grade on the playground waiving his arms and probably screaming “I’m wide…I’m wide!!!” – only he wasn’t. Meanwhile Cobb was running all over the end zone trying to slip into a hole. It was an interesting play if for no other reason than that it highlighted the difference between a rookie and a guy who has been in the league a few years.
  • I was happy to see Crosby nail that 55 yarder. That was a huge kick and he made it easily. He had a good game today.
  • Masthay was a bit up and down but had a huge punt at a huge moment in the game.
  • I thought Mike Daniels had a good game today. He was active and came up with a few huge plays – including the sack that led to a pick.
  • Peppers had a great play in coverage. Even though he should have had a pick there, just the fact that he recognized the need to drop into coverage and be there was big. If he didn’t make that play that would have been a costly play.
  • The Packers have to work with the O-Line and Lacy on getting him going up field sooner. Last week and again today, Lacy was turning parallel to the line of scrimmage for too long a period of time, which seems to slow him down/allow the defense to catch him. And it usually results in 0 or 1 yard gains. He need to either head sideways immediately and then make one cut heading up field, or head up field immediately and only cut after getting past the first level.
  • I don’t know what the tape will reveal, but it looked to me like Sherrod was getting beaten with regularity. I’m just not sure he’s the answer over there. Still hard to believe he was a first round pick.
  • Still, the team won and I’m hoping we’ll even take a bit of momentum from that second half with us to Detroit next week. The Lions are off to a weird start – watched some of that game today and then tuned out for a while and was really surprised to see how badly they were beaten. It seemed like a lot closer game when I had been watching. Calvin is still a major problem and Bush is still trouble in the open field. But I definitely came away unimpressed by the Lions D and their other offensive players. If I’m the Lions, I come into the Packers game with 1 playcall – Calvin Johnson over the middle.

Hawk shouldn’t be allowed to rush the QB

September 14, 2014

He’s rushed 2 plays in a row – critical plays – and just takes himself right out of the play. He is a liability out there – and that “he’s assignment sure” and “he’s the defensive playercaller” is all nonsense. When you can’t make plays on the field you shouldn’t be on the field.

Can’t complain about that playcall

September 14, 2014

Throwing to Nelson makes a lot of sense there. He just dropped it. Tough catch but should have had it.

Masthay coming through now. Nice punt there.

2nd and 22 and McCarthy calls a run?

September 14, 2014

What is he thinking?

Huh?

September 14, 2014

Looked like the guy got off the field before the ball was snapped there. I wonder if the Jets could have challenged that?

Keep up with the passing game

September 14, 2014

McCarthy at times has a tendency to play into the game instead of trying to bust the game wide open. I say keep throwing here with the short routes that have been working and go down and score. There is still a quarter left and we need to build on this lead and blow them out. That should be our mentality.

Things of Beauty

September 14, 2014

Wow. Was that nice. Just was saying to friend Mike (one of the founders of Packergeeks) that the Pack needs to go with what works…and that play has worked multiple times today. Fantastic throw and catch there. Nelson has kept us in this game and Rodgers, finally, is getting back to himself.

Solid Drive There

September 14, 2014

I don’t really want to slow the game down too much as I think we should maintain the sense of urgency we had in the first half and just blow these guys out. But I’ll take a solid TD there especially after at least one deep pass to stretch the field.

Adams looked like a rookie there

September 14, 2014

He just stood there waiting for the ball instead of moving to get open while Rodgers scrambled.


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