Pack looked weak in the first half. As much as it’s tempting to just trash everyone trying to explain this, I think the bigger issue was simply that the Lions came out ready to play with a really good game plan. I don’t think we expected them to run as much as they did in the first half and it caught us off guard. They ran the ball really well and it opened up their passing game eventually making it really difficult to know what was coming next.
Like the last game, it’s like a switch was flipped at halftime and the team just turned it on. The defense clamped down and though the Lions still moved the ball pretty well, they didn’t do much damage as far as scoring.
Coaches deserve a game ball (or perhaps half of one) as they really made nice adjustments coming out in the second half, especially Capers. I like seeing that especially when they weren’t making any active adjustments on the fly in the first half (they were really bad in the first half).
Our running game looked good tonight. You know, one advantage of having a bunch of no-name RBs is that there is relatively little scout tape on them. The Lions probably didn’t prepare at all for guys like Ryan Grant and DuJuan Harris. And there is just not much to know about Alex Green. But the big and rather obvious key to the running game this week was the holes that the backs had to run through. The blocking was much better. Have to wonder if Barclay being in there makes a big difference as far as run blocking. Collinsworth did say at one point that he is a noted run blocker and it showed tonight. Could be that the injuries may bring about a shuffle on the line that for once, will end up working in our favor.
Crosby had a slightly better performance today. While I might have considered going for it (or even punting) instead of the 52 yard attempt, at least it was close (yes, that’s where we’re at with our kicker). But I sensed he was in a better place mentally this week and I hope that continues to improve.
Collinsworth going on and on about our secondary was deserved, in the second half. They do really look good at times and it has to be encouraging to us fans that this young group could potentially be around for a while. Hayward is obviously good, but I think House is a player and our young safeties have even stepped up their game.
I remain concerned about our LB group. Moses, Walden didn’t get much pressure tonight, Jones is super slow and too upright and Hawk has slowed down in the second half of the year. Matthews’ return will be huge and should give a jolt to our D.
I did like the way Daniels played tonight on the D-Line. Not just his improbable and lucky TD, but his hustle and his aggressiveness. He would have had another huge sack if he weren’t held early on in the game.
Randall Cobb may be our most valuable player. That may sound ridiculous to some but this year, I’m not sure who else I’d give it to. Rodgers is still awesome but not as good as he was last year. Jones was hot for a while, Jordy was good in there too. But Cobb has been the one consistent guy all year making big catches at big moments. He has a special control over his body that is really unique – it’s a gift. And I have total faith in the guy as the return guy. He might be one of the best draft picks by anyone in years. Just a great player.
I like that Rodgers moved to a no huddle there in the 3rd quarter for just a bit. That was smart. The Lions were tired and it was the right time for it. I think we need to consider going to that whenever we’re sluggish offensively and when we’re looking for a change in momentum.
Sky’s the limit for a guy like DuJuan Harris. He runs hard and appears to have good vision. I’ll be interested to see how they work him in but I am excited about his prospects.
* I felt like the game turned (at least for the defnese) on that fr6. The Lions never really did much of anything after that.
* I agree, it feels like Crosby has turned the corner. Making that 49-yarder in the snow has to be a boost to his confidence.
* Yeah, Rodgers isn’t doing as good as last year, but he had a monster year last year. He’s pretty much right on level with his 2009-2010 stats.
* Not that I would necessarily argue against Cobb as MVP. He’s done an excellent job stepping up when Jennings/Nelson have been out. He’s also the Packers leading receiver, more than 100 yards past Jordy Nelson. (And not to mention 132 yards rushing.)
* I also have to say it was really good to see a productive running game. I hope that 13 yard run gets Ryan Grant a few more carries next week.
I hope you’re right about this Harris character…damn that was a great run right through a huge hole! loved seeing that, cause you almost never do with the Pack…complete surprise. loved it.
Could sense the Crosby turn around last game, nice to see it carried forward, but still disappointing that getting close on a 52 yarder is now acceptable.
Totally disagree on Cobb…nice to have him, but Rodgers has the 4th best passer rating in the league, 29 TDs vs 8 INTs with a banged up O-Line (which wasn’t that good to begin with) and receiving corps all year. Rodgers is definitely our MVP.
Do love Cobb though and again shows what a great value TT is to the organization.
Any insight on how Barclay played as that may be the key to the post season? If they can get by with him at RT against good pass rushers (giants, falcons, 49ers) and can put Lang back at LG it will go a long way to helping the offense.
Harris looked to me like what a RB should look like when he hits a hole. Just has that burst to get into the second level quickly. Rodgers seemed pretty pleased with him in his postgame interview.
Our front seven can get no pass rush without Clay Matthews. Stafford had all day to sit back and make his reads. A team with a better group of wide receivers would have completely decimated this defense. If not for Stafford unforced fumble and the resulting touchdown I’m betting this game would’ve turned out differently.