Game thoughts packers/steelers

  • Valiant effort tonight. Good execution for the most part. Solid preparation – at least on offense. A surprisingly close game. I thought this was going to be a blowout.
  • For much of the game McCarthy was dead on with play calling and putting Hundley in a much better spot to succeed. The play calls were mostly solid and the execution was good.
  • I love that Jamal Williams runs so hard. He’s playing well – when the o line plays well (like tonight). His long TD on that screen was something as he showed a burst of speed I didn’t know he had. That was also a play call I’d like to see us use way more often.
  • Hindley was really good tonight. Seemed to be in a way better rhythm. Huge QB rating lends some credence to McCarthys belief in him. Though stunning really how diffferent he looked tonight compared to last week against Balt.
  • Davante is a good WR. He continues to grow into our clear #1 option.
  • Its hard to watch jordy. As I said after Rodgers injury, jordys inability to get open will be totally exposed. And it has been. Rodgers had been fitting passes into ridiculous windows for jordy now for years – and he often makes crazy good catches too, to his credit.  But defenses seem to be putting afterthought DBs on him now without worry.
  • I know defending brown and bell is tough for any team. I’ll start there. But even Big Ben said after the game he was content with the bell check down every time – BECAUSE HE WAS WIDE OPEN EVERY TIME!  I can’t believe we didn’t just put josh jones or someone on him the whole game. He just drifted out for the easy check downs 11 times (!) which especially suck for a D because tackling him in the open field is so hard.
  • I know Pitt mixes stuff up at the line to get favorable matchups for brown but they didn’t have to for half the night tonight as we kept trotting House out there. I know there was supposed to be help over the top (tho it was usually from Burnett who is not quick enough to really help). But if Pitt had wanted to they could have thrown quick passes to brown all night – for 350 yards – because House is a liability against anyone except big slow WRs.
  • Mccarthys decision to kick that 57 yard FG at that moment in the game was a bad one. I’m usually all for being aggressive but that was not smart. I think half the viewing audience knew that kicking FGs at Heinz is extra tough. It was JUST what Pitt needed to get back into the game – getting the ball back at the 47.
  • That was a nice comeback at the end though to tie it up. Hundley looked really good on that drive. Composed.
  • Overall – this was a decent loss if there is such a thing. Pitt has amazing talent and they looked solid but we hung in there. Hopefully we can carry this momentum to a few solid victories.

2 Responses to “Game thoughts packers/steelers”

  1. Dave In Tucson Says:

    I’m glad to see you remembering how you (and me as well) felt at the beginning of the game — that this was gonna be an embarrassing blowout, and maybe another shutout loss.

    So yeah, a valiant loss with just too many bad decisions by both McCartney and Hundley. I kinda want to be mad about this game, but I have to be honest, the Packers played much better than I thought they would beforehand.

  2. Frank G Says:

    The Packers played much better than I expected (of course, I expect very little from the D).

    Hundley was excellent in GB’s last scoring drive. With our line problems, more of those quick passes should’ve been called during the game.

    This game was very reminiscent of the 2010 game versus NE. I suppose it would be too much to hope for a similar ending to the season this year. What the heck…it’s the season of miracles!

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