Archive for November, 2014

Game Thoughts Packers/Patriots

November 30, 2014
  • Huge victory today over a very good Patriots team. No, we didn’t get their best effort but a lot of that was due to our defense canceling out their best effort. Loved seeing the D step up for a huge game. But our offense also was able to get it going and cruise against one of the games better defensive minds. We should feel good about that.
  • Despite the victory, the Packers almost got hosed today. When it was 23-14 and they had 3rd and 6 deep in their territory, the officials called a penalty against Tramon Williams that was one of the worst calls I have ever seen. It gave the Pats a fresh set of downs and of course they marched down and scored. Officiating should never change a game and it changed this game. (And not long after that Gronk had a huge 4th down conversion after shoving Hyde out of the way…)
  • Capers called a good game (though seemed to lose focus toward the end). He made it extra tough for a super good offense. And I think just pulling Hawk out alone was enough to really throw NE off. I’m sure they expected Hawk in there and had big plans to run and throw over the middle all game. And they seemed genuinely surprised when Barrington was not only in there but making strong contributions.
  • I loved not having Hawk in there. Watching Barrington make plays out there in place of Hawk should send a clear message to everyone concerned that Hawk doesn’t contribute like he should. Barrington made tough tackles and provided a much stronger effort in pass coverage than Hawk ever does. I am hoping that Capers finally realizes this and starts doing this more often.
  • Rodgers started off a bit today but warmed up and delivered another beauty. While I think Rodgers has been better than Brady for a while now, I do think this game had at least a small bit of symbolism – the passing of the torch from Brady to Rodgers. Nobody has been better this year than Aaron Rodgers.
  • Cobb is nearly impossible to defend. He is quick, smart, a great route runner, has incredible hands and is a gamer – he shows up when it counts the most (think last year at Chicago). Just a delight to watch a guy like him grow into his immense potential.
  • Jordy did what great players do tonight. When shut down by an elite player, he made a sneaky good play at a critical moment in the game. As elite CBs like Revis know, you can’t give an inch to great WRs like Nelson or you’ll pay. And Jordy made him pay.
  • McCarthy stepped up his playcalling at critical times. It was iffy on the first few FG drives but he started injecting more creativity in his play calls and it totally paid off (though the second half saw him struggle again with getting the flow right). The play call (not sure if it was MM or Rodgers) on that pass to Jordy at the end of the first half was huge for several reasons. Not only because we scored a TD and it was an awesome play but because it opened up the field for us. It showed NE that Rodgers was not afraid (as he seemed to be in the first half) of throwing at Browner or Revis. It really opened up the offensive game for us (even though we only ended up with 3 points in the second half).
  • I realize that this was the kind of game where “every point counts” but I was frustrated with all the FGs today. If we got the Pats best effort, that may have been costly on a different day.
  • I’ve noticed that our running game seems to be feast or famine lately (even last week when Lacy seemed to dominate at least with his stats). But he seems to have many short yard gains and then just mixes in a few long runs. I would like to see our running game be more consistently productive.
  • Our offensive line is amazing at pass protection. They are totally on the same page with Rodgers – especially when he scrambles around, which is the hardest time for an O-Line to be on the same page as the QB. Just awesome to watch these guys play lately.
  • Peppers continues to make huge contributions, some of which may not get the attention they deserve. His tipped passes today were huge. Outside of throwing a stupid pick, there is almost nothing more frustrating for a QB than a guy who keeps tipping passes.
  • I felt really bad for Davante Adams when he dropped that easy TD at the end there – and of course I was pretty ticked off at him at the same time. But he came up huge today. While I don’t fully agree with offensive game plans that throw away from elite CBs, he delivered when we did that in the first half – big time. As I wrote during the game, think what you might of TT, but nobody has ever been better at drafting WRs than TT. Amazing.
  • Huge victory. Nicely done!

Just said about Cobb…

November 30, 2014

a few minutes ago to Brother Steve that Cobb may be the most difficult player to defend in the NFL – with Rodgers throwing to him. He’s just unreal. Great hands, quick, pretty fast and more than anything – and extraordinary sense for the game for a young player. Whatever you think of TT, nobody in history has drafted WRs as well as he has.

Karma in play here

November 30, 2014

Perhaps because of efforts by the officials to turn the game otherwise, karma has reared its head here sending Gostkowski’s FG wide right. Nice.

Gronkowski pushes off nearly every time

November 30, 2014

That’s the only way he got separation right there from Hyde. Just terrible officiating.

Brother Steve saw massive uncalled penalty against Jordy

November 30, 2014

I didn’t see it but Steve insists that Jordy was leveled in the end zone on one of those Rodgers running around plays (Rodgers was behind the line). Steve said it should have been 4 new plays.

No FG here!

November 30, 2014

Go for it! I know that sounds ridiculous but the Pats are just going to drive down and score a TD.

Offensive line dominant in pass protection

November 30, 2014

I meant to note this earlier but our offensive line has become really, really good at protecting Rodgers. There have been several plays today where that’s been obvious (including the last play) but they have been extra good in the last few games at protecting him. A little more consistency with the run blocking and they would be starting to look like the Giants O-Line (and Pats for that matter) during their recent Super Bowl runs.

Score a TD here!

November 30, 2014

Come on fellas – great drive so far.

Officiating should never change a game

November 30, 2014

And that bit of nonsense there against Tramon simply cost the Packers a TD.

This entire drive is illegit

November 30, 2014

After that horrendous call against Tramon earlier this entire drive is totally illegit. That was such a bad call but it kept their drive alive. I can’t let that go – especially as they marched down and scored. Of course they do.