That was really a fantastic play design. As was the previous pass play to Adams.
Big moment there. The defense just seems so vulnerable that holding them to a FG feels like a real triumph.
Sean Payton is way too good not to have noticed the ginormous hole in the middle of the defense. Ingram could have a big night.
This running stuff is smart because it will massively open up the passing game. Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks will be busy tonight.
I thought it would be a game like this.
- Shootout tonight.
- Two great offenses and two great QBs.
- Saints are not a 2-4 team.
- Final score 48-40, Saints.
- What an enjoyable game. Packers had a great game plan going in, executed things almost perfectly and played with the kind of urgency that elite teams play with.
- I’m really proud of the team and especially the coaching staff for turning things around the way they have since the rocky 1-2 start. They have battled and pulled off some impressive victories and now sit in a good spot tied with Detroit.
- I was pleased that we were able to contain Newton for the most part. The damage he did was mostly after the game was out of hand.
- Rodgers has been amazing. He was fantastic today.
- The running game came out early and established itself and that was important. When Starks and Lacy get the running game going it really does open up the passing game.
- Just a fantastic overall effort – and an always welcome relatively stress-free Sunday for Packer fans!
A few things the team could work on:
- Greg Olsen had his way with the defense. He’s a big time target for them so it wasn’t too surprising he was so involved. But what was concerning was how incredibly wide open he often was. Carolina has so few legit targets (Benjamin, Olsen and Stewart) so it was a bit frustrating that Olsen wasn’t better accounted for. But not surprising considering covering TEs seems to be recurring weakness for the Packers.
- Carolina ran some really good screens today and the Packers should do the same kind of thing. Lynch pointed out that the Packers pass rush had been really bugging Newton, so the best answer is a dump off screen over the pass rushers’ heads. Which is exactly what they did and it worked super well. We should do the same thing when Rodgers is under lots of pressure.
I love watching him play. (Though on that replay that looked like either a terrible throw by Newton or a wrong route by Olson).
While it’s difficult to complain about the playcalling today – or anything really – I really like the screens Carolina has run against us. I believe only 1 didn’t end up working out. We need to call plays like that going forward especially when Rodgers is getting pressured a ton. It’s one of the most effective plays to make aggressive pass rushers at least for a bit.