Game Thoughts Packers/Falcons

September 17, 2017 by
  • Not a good effort.
  • We were totally outmatched in this one. Yes, there were a few horrible calls that turned the game – but I think we still would have lost. The Falcons are very good – they have so many really good weapons in Freeman, Coleman, Jones, Sanu, Gabriel and even Hooper. They are very good and they were ready for this game.
  • Speaking of those calls – that pick call on Bennett was horrible. And that really did mess up the game. The Packers had a huge completion and may well have scored. Again, I don’t think it probably would have mattered but that was a brutal miss. (Especially when Hooper did worse on the subsequent series and it wasn’t called.)
  • And the injuries – while a factor for sure – were not the reason we lost the game. Again, we were outclassed by a better team with better coaching. I do hope it isn’t serious for Jordy, Cobb and Daniels in particular. Ugh.
  • I really didn’t like that Montgomery was pulled for the 2nd series of the game. I know McCarthy probably plans out the first few series, but he should have adjusted on the fly there – Atlanta did not have an answer for Montgomery on that first drive. These are the kinds of quiet things McCarthy does that few people talk about that I think make him not very good. So many times he seems to stop momentum for the offense with his personnel selections/playcalling, and it costs us. I’m not contending that Montgomery should play the whole game all the time of course – especially considering how injury-prone he is. But he looked really good early and we should have come back and done more of what worked – the 2nd series looked totally different than the first and it failed.
  • I want Josh Jones to get more playing time. He plays at 100mph – he’s just super fast – and hits hard. He could be a really important player for the Packers going forward. I think there should be a sense of urgency for getting him involved. By now I realize that Dom Capers just uses inside LBs as decoys or something (only explanation for why our ILBs are year after year NEVER involved in playmaking) – but he really needs to just drop either Ryan or Martinez out of the starting lineup and put Jones in there. He can play a hybrid role like Deone Bucannon for the Cardinals.
  • It was nice to see Clay Matthews have a decent game. While he didn’t exactly do a ton, he did end up with 1.5 sacks (though I thought his .5 sack was all Joe Thomas). Anyway, I hope he has another good game or two and the Packers offer him up as trade bait. He could probably command a decent draft pick or other player based on the inaccurate reputation he still has as a defensive stalwart.
  • I think on some of those kicks that only get to the middle of the end zone, Janis has to take a chance here or there. I know there is someone somewhere in the weeds in the analytics department telling him not to – but sometimes when we come out flat and are playing in a weirdly sort of disconnected way, we need a jolt and he could give us a jolt. Same with Trevor Davis on punts. They need to take a chance here and there.
  • Rodgers looked rusty again today. He didn’t look great in the first half last week either. One reader suggested he play more in the preseason so he seems more ready to go. Last year he was rusty and sluggish for the whole first half of the season.
  • I want to know why Lance Kendricks isn’t getting any looks at all. He seems to be the 3rd TE option right now. He needs to get some looks.
  • Davante Adam’s TD catch was fantastic. Really just an amazing catch. He is a good player and we may be leaning on him more and more if Jordy is out longer.
  • King did have a good game – he is so skinny out there amidst all those massive dudes, but he made a few nice plays, seems to play fast and showed good instincts (his break-up of that pass to Julio was really well played).
  • I think we saw the real defense tonight. I do know Atlanta is an exceptional offensive team and 2-3 levels higher than a Seattle offense say. But I have a feeling, unless he makes some significant adjustments now (like starting Josh Jones over Jake Ryan or something – and trading back for Jayrone Elliott!), this defense could be a problem again this year.
  • Not much else to say unfortunately – just a lackluster effort by the whole team and the coaches.
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Josh Jones needs to be on the field more

September 17, 2017 by

That’s a TD – he was rolling on that guy’s leg

September 17, 2017 by

get montgomery back in there

September 17, 2017 by

Hurry Up Rodgers!

September 17, 2017 by

wow – Josh Jones is super fast

September 17, 2017 by

Didn’t do anything on that play but got in there immediately. Wow.

Unreal catch by Adams

September 17, 2017 by

seriously – Rodgers has to hurry up here. What is he doing?

September 17, 2017 by

Why is Rodgers eating up the clock? No urgency

September 17, 2017 by

just go for it…really

September 17, 2017 by