- The officials and the NFL are lucky Hartley missed that FG and the Pack didn’t score after that. If the Pack would have lost for the second week in a row due mostly to horrendous officiating (that no-call fumble was horrible…just inexcusable), there would have been an outcry far louder than the one that had a direct impact on the return of the regular officials last week.
- Jeff Triplett is not a good ref. Usually he’s in the business of totally rewarding home teams so he can feel popular and well-liked regardless of what’s really happening on the field – but tonight it was quite the opposite. Generally, I find his crew to be weak.
- Enough now about the officials.
- There were some very curious coaching calls in this game. The worst one I can think of was by Capers, on that 3rd and 17 when Brees got the first, I was stunned that we only came with 3 rushers, especially after Matthews had a sack on the previous play. Not smart – giving a guy like Brees that much time will ALWAYS backfire.
- I like that McCarthy takes chances on plays like those fake punts etc. It just shows that he is confident his team can execute when they need to – and then the team in turn rewards their coach by executing. I just love that – Belichick has done this from the outset in NE and I honestly believe that’s a good part of the reason why players play for the guy. He’s willing to trust them in tough situations.
- Speaking of Brees, he was unreal today. Their offense was clicking and while our D was certainly suspect I am not sure any D could have handled the Saints offense today. Brees was quite rusty in the first few games this year. I saw 2 of them – he was forcing passes and generally just not himself out there – missing even wide open guys. He was on tonight and even though our D was the victim, I genuinely enjoy watching someone execute at such a high level – especially someone I seriously respect.
- Rodgers was pretty darn good tonight too. He missed a few passes here and there but for the most part, he was really on. He had a couple passes, like Brees, that thread the needle and that were made in critical situations. I also had serious confidence that if Hartley made that FG, Rodgers would have marched us down the field to victory.
- Cedric Benson continues to be a great acquisition. While I was pushing super hard a couple years ago for Marshawn Lynch and still think we should have picked him up, I think Benson fills the RB role pretty much just like Lynch would have. They are both tough runners and they turn an incredible number of zero yard gainers into 3-4-5 yard gainers. I just love watching Benson work. He finished with 84 yards on 18 carries – and he didn’t always have holes.
- Speaking of Benson, it really seemed like for the first time tonight on offense, McCarthy managed to work Benson into our offensive scheme. The first 3 games, our scheme just seemed off and I do think part of that was figuring out when Benson should be involved. The playcalling was hot and cold in the previous games and generally troubling. But tonight. there was better flow and McCarthy was able to work Benson in while still allowing Rodgers to do his thing. Probably had something to do with facing a shoddy defense – compared to the defenses of the first few weeks – but still, nice to see.
- Nice to see Jordy back. He looked like himself out there tonight.
- James Jones came up huge. He had two nice TDs, some important other catches and that fantastic first down catch when he was being mauled by the DB.
- Cobb was good. We need to keep getting him involved. He is dangerous and shifty – like the kind of RB I’ve been wanting us to have for years. It’s nice to see him operate out of the backfield like that.
- Our defense made some big plays at some big moments – despite really being bad for most of the game.
- I don’t feel great about the win tonight – mostly because I think the officials kept it a bit closer than it should have been. But we are in a much better spot now at 2-2 and we did beat one of the highest octane offenses in the NFL.
Archive for September, 2012
What an incredible catch – and what an incredible game. You know, he’s had his share of ups and downs in his career (lots of downs I suppose), but he had a huge game tonight. He’s filled in admirably for a totally absent Greg Jennings tonight (who ultimately has fallen victim to interests outside of football in my estimation).
This shouldn’t even be a close game. Colston’s first TD was a total joke – pushed off just like Golden Tate last week. And that no-call on the fumble recovery was criminal. It’s the NFL who is lucky here tonight. The referees would have been solely responsible for this game, for the second week in a row, if Hartley had made that FG and we didn’t drive down and score. Imagine the wrath of Packer fans, the media.
Ok – let’s put this game away here right now.
I would rather have the ball in Rodgers hands to determine the game than our D. Just let them score. I’m not kidding.
Why can’t all potential change of possession plays be reviewed? It wouldn’t slow things down much.
Honestly this is so bad it’s just a joke. The NFL is a joke.
That was a 15 yard penalty against New Orleans too against Woodson – that the ref was staring right at. Just ridiculous.
That is unreal. Just unreal. What do we have to do to get big calls. That is absolutely inexcusable. We wasted a challenge in the first half and it hurts now – though as Aikman says I don’t know that that would help. This just has to stop.
I love that play and it was well executed. Really nice time for that playcall.
As I mentioned earlier, I thought our D would get lit up today – but not quite like this. Brees has had some absolutely unreal passes especially on 3rd downs. Rodgers is playing well and Brees is simply outplaying him.