Game Thoughts Packers/Lions

  • Not surprised we came out firing and getting Jordy involved. We looked very good in the first half. And the reason we looked good is that we let Rodgers go a bit and we also mixed plays up some – instead always just having the 3 WR sets that everyone expects.
  • The first half was truly a gem and McCarthy deserves credit for preparing the guys and getting the offense revved up and clicking…finally. That was fun to watch.
  • It was nice to see Jordy get involved. He seemed to be himself more than he has been for a while – it was really encouraging to see that.
  • That last TD we gave up in the first half was pretty bad. I feel bad for the rookie CB who allowed that to happen as he slipped. But that was costly and instead of Detroit thinking they had no chance, they suddenly had the momentum.
  • Outside of that big play, the defense actually played pretty tough given the injuries. (The second half of course was a different story – not good defense.)
  • Demarious Randall was horrible all game. Wow, he should be benched.
  • We have a problem over the middle. I’ve been saying this for a long time now but it’s really bad right now. Martinez and Ryan ad simply too slow. Usually TEs but also WRs – whoever – just catching easy catches over the middle. If they were contested/close catches that would be one thing but these guys are wide open. Our coverage in the middle is really a problem and we need to do something about it. (But we probably won’t.)
  • When we play well, our offense feels wide open – like we’ve got a bunch of different plays coming. We also play with a sense of urgency. It is a completely different feeling than when we go into the “prevent offense” as brother Steve calls it. We did that in the second half. Obviously. So is wasn’t surprising that we scored 3 points in the second half and outside of some yards by Lacy, we had virtually no passing yards. (Compared to 31 points and 4 TDs by Rodgers in the first half…) It just doesn’t make sense. Didn’t McCarthy learn from the Seattle game (and any number of other games) when we didn’t finish it off because we simply removed Rodgers from the game as any kind of potential offensive threat?
  • The best analogy I can think of for this is taking out a pitcher who has a perfect game going – and the batters are not even close when they swing – and bringing in a reliever with an 8.5 ERA and an 0-7 W/L record. The only way for our offense to be stopped today after the first half, was if we stopped it ourselves. And that’s exactly what we did.
  • It is hard for me to be so negative after a victory against an OK team. It really is. And I am bothered that I am being negative here. But I am so frustrated watching McCarthy make the same CLEAR mistakes all the time. It is just extraordinary – it’s like he simply doesn’t learn from the past at all. It is so true when writers say that he coaches not to lose instead of coaching to win. It is very frustrating to me. And today, finally, you heard what the crowd thought about it. They were really ticked off and booing late in the game when we ran Lacy twice for no yardage and then only Rodgers’ imagination really, saved that drive with his great scamper for the first down. (And then of course, McCarthy finally called a slant to Adams…)
  • I think we were fortunate that we were playing the Lions today. I think we were fortunate to be playing at home. And I think we’re fortunate now to be on a bit of a homestand here.
  • I would like to see us come back in two weeks and smash the Giants. Their goal should be to win by 30 points. Seriously. We just play down to other teams – and have too much respect for them. Could actually be a very difficult game considering McAdoo knows our system well…could be extra predictable for them.
  • I do hope the we can get healthy in the next few weeks – could help the D for sure.

3 Responses to “Game Thoughts Packers/Lions”

  1. Frank G Says:

    Randall, sadly, looks like he’s going to join D Adams in the Sophomore Slump Hall of Fame. If he doesn’t get his act together, the Packers will go nowhere this year.

  2. Travis Says:

    Very interesting

  3. Dave In Tucson Says:

    I haven’t seen the game, so these are based pretty much on the highlights and boxscore:

    * From what I could see on the highlights, the pocket looked much, much better this week for Rodgers. I also kinda feel like Jordy is getting back to full game shape.

    * Our run defense is so good, and our pass defense is so bad. How long before opponents just give up on the run game completely?

    Looking at the boxscore, wow, the Lions showed a complete lack of urgency in the second half. Their first two scoring drives took more than 12 minutes off the clock, and by the time they had the ball for a third drive, there was less than 10 minutes left to play.

    I’m also surprised the Lions didn’t onside kick after their last touchdown. When the Packers’ offense is working, one thing they can definitely do is just burn up the opponent’s time outs and grind away the final 3 or 4 minutes of game time.

    I think what the Packers really need to keep in mind going forward is teams (the ones with smart coaches, anyway), going hard after their weaknesses. That means:

    * lots more passing
    * going for it more on 4th down
    * onside kicks

    Basically take as much advantage as possible of the very bad, no good pass defense.

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