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Game Thoughts Packers/Vikings

November 23, 2014
  • Did not enjoy this game much. The Packers were seriously out-coached (until that mysterious decision by the Vikes with 3 minutes left to NOT do an onside kick).
  • The Packers came out flat and just continued being flat for most of the game. I know the guys always try hard etc but sometimes they just don’t come out with much fire. It’s almost like McCarthy over-warned them of coming out complacent and letting the Vikes hang around – making the guys over-respect a team that is really not good.
  • McCarthy never adjusted to the fact that the Vikes were able to stop the run – especially on first down. Lacy’s stats for the game might seem to betray that point but the truth is, he had a few long runs and many more short yard gainers. And Rodgers only had 209 yards passing. McCarthy seemed to be playing down to the Vikings level. This should have been a game with lots of screens and short passes but we ran the ball a ton and threw a lot of intermediate passes. I didn’t like the play mix at all.
  • Our defense was iffy today. Bridgewater certainly had his moments but that offense is not very good – and a defense that has been so hot should probably not have given up over 350 yards. They did enough in the end to preserve a victory but it could have been better.
  • Andrew Quarless and AJ Hawk both seem to run about 8.5 40s. Both of them seemed so slow out there today. Hawk’s lack of speed in particular cost the defense huge yards on 2 plays: one a pass to the injured-playing-at-70%-Rudolph and one to Banyard.  A faster LB would have closed much quicker and hardly allowed any yards after the catch – where Hawk allowed about 7-10 yards after the catch in both instances.
  • The officiating was suspect today.
  • Greg Jennings is not good – at all. He seems to quit running routes routes too soon. He’s like that person you work with who just comes for the paycheck – won’t stay a second after scheduled work time and doesn’t give a crap about the company. Seems very evident to me that he’s just riding out his contract so he can get on with the next phase in his life.
  • McCarthy throwing a challenge flag at the end there on that completion to Rudolph was just plain odd. I don’t know if he was trying to give our defensive guys an extra breather or something, but there was nothing to dispute. Just odd.
  • Really strange that the Vikes didn’t do an onside kick – especially considering they already had great field position because of the Neal penalty. Just can’t figure out why they did that. Why would you give the ball back to the NFL’s best QB (even in a game when the Packers playcalling was iffy). It was just a very bad decision by a Vikings coaching staff that out-coached the Packers coaches by a significant margin today.
  • Today was a classic example of a weak team playing and coaching pretty close to their potential and a strong team playing down a few notches. The Vikings are really weak. But the bottom line is we won. And good teams always find a way to beat weaker teams. In light of that I can’t be too disappointed. Lacy did turn it on there at the end and really made a difference. He’s funny to watch because sometimes he looks like he couldn’t gain 2 yards against high schoolers because he’s so slow and on the very next play he’s dragging five guys down the field for an 8 yard gain on a play that seemed destined to go nowhere. His contributions at the end were big.

Why did the Vikes just kick that deep?

November 23, 2014

What?

They just called the same play twice

November 23, 2014

And scored both times.

This is embarrassing

November 23, 2014

We came out flat, and have been flat the entire game. We are being seriously outcoached despite have way more talent than the Vikes.

huge mistake by Neal

November 23, 2014

Not a good play.

What kind of challenge was that?

November 23, 2014

Poor decision by McCarthy. It’s odd – some days he just seems really off and this is one of them.

Hawk’s speed is such a liability

November 23, 2014

Banyard got 5 more yards on that dump off pass than he should have.

Nice effort there by Lacy

November 23, 2014

Rodgers running is what set up that TD drive. Just great timing on his runs there taking advantage of the overly aggressive pass rush. I still think screens are the best solutions to that kind of aggressive defense.

Stop doing this!

November 23, 2014

They keep running Lacy wide on first down and it’s been an absolute disaster. Why won’t McCarthy adjust the playcalling so the Vikes can’t play such easy defense. It’s just really bad coaching.

Stop handing off on first down

November 23, 2014

What is McCarthy doing? Vikings have been able to play super compact D because our playcalling has been so predictable. Just awful.


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