Game Thoughts Packers/Vikings

September 16, 2018 by
  • That game was decided on that Clay Matthews call. Matthews has been playing poorly now for a few years and should be benched. But on that play, he made a fair, timely hit and did not drive Cousins to the ground. That call simply changed the outcome of the game. Infuriating.
  • McCarthy and the Packers had total control of this game. He had called a decent game and the team executed well. The defense was solid. But like happens it seems way more often that it should, we let them back into the game by not shutting the door. On a key drive late, he ran the ball twice to try to burn time off the clock. We should have been aggressive and passed in those situations because the Vikes were struggling to cover our passing game. Instead we ran twice and put ourselves in a tough 3rd down spot resulting in a long FG. Lucky Crosby made it. Then on the next drive after the Ha Ha pick, we threw 3 times. I absolutely think that was an OK decision in that situation because to be consistent, I’m always for just putting the game away. But I would have been aggressive on both drives most likely – though on the 2nd drive I may have considered burning the clock because it was later in the game. McCarthy seems to get scrambled or something in those moments and it hurts this team.
  • But I ultimately put this game on the officials. There were a number of no-calls against the Vikes O-Line for holding today. Some of them were gross no -calls. That long pass to Jimmy Graham in the first half where he dropped it was an obvious pass interference. That no call had an effect on field position. The Matthews call simply changed the game. That call isn’t made, the Packers win. But the other one that was frustrating was the last pass before Crosby’s miss. Adams was tripped – and it was an obvious trip. That should have been a penalty that would have made the FG closer.
  • I don’t like obsessing about bad calls but this was a game that was changed by bad calls.
  • I feel for the Vikings kicker. That’s brutal. 35 yard FGs are not difficult and to miss by as much as he did today makes me wonder if he’ll get the early axe.
  • The Packers D held for a while but then really struggled toward the end. The NFC North now has another super steady, smart and thoughtful QB in Cousins. This should be a wake up call for the Packers. 425 yards passing? Ugh. And about 260 of those yards to Thielen and Diggs – two guys we knew they’d be throwing to? Again Pettine seemed to have things figured out for much of the game but we just puked it on D in the 4th Quarter and the OT.
  • House and Tramon are now too slow for this game. Neither can keep up with the WRs in this league. Leaving House on Diggs at any point in the game is inexcusable – result ? – a super long TD. Tramon alone on Diggs? A key 2-point conversion. At this point I want the younger guys out there even though they had some missed plays too.
  • I do want to see Toomer on the field more. He has wheels and we haven’t had a LB with wheels…ever? He needs a chance. He is my Desmond Bishop of 2018.
  • One piece of silver lining though? Our punter is awesome. Long punts with hangtime. I wondered why we moved on from our punter last year – now I see why.
  • Just feels like an odd result – the wrong result. Oh well – the next 2 games should be winnable (at Redskins, hosting the hapless Bills).
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defense looks exhausted – how about a turnover

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Get the ball to Graham up the middle here

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Alexander looked dizzy – like a concussion or something

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This should be 10 yards closer – just horrible officiating

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Tripping! That is absolutely terrible!

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What was that play call? Giving up?

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Packers should take 4 shots deep and get a FG

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how do you leave Tramon alone on Diggs – terrible decision

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Total and complete nonsense – this game is 100% on the officials

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