Game Thoughts Packers/Vikings

October 15, 2017 by
  • Rodgers news is awful. Just awful. I haven’t heard anything more than it’s likely he’ll miss the season. But this is definitely bad news.
  • I want to have faith in Hundley and I do believe he has some special tools that could help him surprise a few people. But there is a huge drop-off from Aaron Rodgers to…pretty much anyone else…nevermind a QB that hasn’t played hardly at all in the NFL. Difficult days ahead.
  • But I also don’t think this means we can’t win. I was irate watching today when McCarthy kept Hundley in the pocket repeatedly only to get sacked or hurried or flushed out (if he could get out). We had a totally banged up O-Line. McCarthy needed to roll him out.
  • Hundley moves really well. He is pretty slick running. He doesn’t have the arm strength Rodgers does or anything, but I think he can throw reasonably well on the run. But I think where he can be most dangerous is running for some yardage himself. He is good enough at it that he should have called run plays. I know that puts him at risk of injury but frankly at this point, we need to be focusing on his strengths and taking advantage of them.
  • I was really frustrated today with Anthony Barr. While I do think he was trying to drive Rodgers into the ground I didn’t think it was an hugely awful tackle. But when he head-butted Davante Adams after the interception play, with the crown of his helmet right up under Adam’s facemask I thought he should have been ejected on the spot. Not even a flag.
  • Packers were seriously out-coached today. The Vikes coaches called the right plays at the right times. Especially on a few of those critical 3rd down plays – it was almost embarrassing how easy they made it look. Their screen dump off passes were particularly effective – a play that we NEVER seem to run effectively but should be using all the team when defenses get overly aggressive with their pass rushes.
  • The Vikings are not very good. Yes they won this game and we didn’t give them much of a fight – but they are not that good of a football team. My biggest concern today was our defense. Wow. How can Case Keenum eat us up? And McKinnon run wild. That guy did nothing against us last year. Really weak defense today. Without Blake Martinez dominating again, they probably would have had a few more TDs.
  • I’m not sure if Dean Lowry’s job is to just fill gaps or what – but he does very little out there.
  • Matthews had a nice fumble recovery, but other than that, he either seemed to repeatedly lose contain on the edge or rush so vertically up the field that he created huge holes for their RBs to run through.
  • Pipkins had a nice game. He had some sure tackles a few pretty athletic plays.
  • Josh Jones continues to just be invisible out there ever since Jake Ryan got back. Ryan should not be playing so much – Jones is much better.
  • The Pack needs to figure out how to effectively platoon Montgomery and Aaron Jones. it didn’t work well today.
  • I have real concerns now about the rest of the season. With Rodgers out, it will put huge pressure on the rest of the team – and especially the coaching staff. There are many fans that believe Mike McCarthy is an elite coach because of the number of victories he has and his track record of getting teams to the playoffs. And there are a number of other Packer fans (myself included) that believe he has some talent as a coach (for play design and perhaps bringing the team together), but that his overall success is largely tied to the fact that he’s had 2 Hall of Fame QBs making the plays. But if the Packers can find a way to get into the playoffs (with the bit of the head start they have), I think it could silence some of the McCarthy skeptics. It’s a tall order – there is talent on the team and if Hundley plays like I believe he can play, it’s possible. But it’s going to take some especially good coaching from McCarthy and Capers alike.
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We let like 40 seconds burn by not calling timeout

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why no timeouts?

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O-Line has been incredibly bad today

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Even back-ups shouldn’t be this bad.

Now roll Hundley out – stop dropping him back in the pocket

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Horrible blocking by McCray

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HUndleys gotta run

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Can’t believe Aikman finally made comment about Hundley getting out of the pocket – should have done that from the start

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Pipkins has had a really good game

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Jordy has to catch that – come on

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