Once again, the playcallers are bunching playcalls – making our plays fairly predictable. Historically, McCarthy has often bunched run or pass plays to the point where it becomes predictable what kind of play is coming next. When we went 3 and out on 3 run plays to Lacy a couple drives ago, that was a good example. And when we just drop back and pass it seems so obvious that’s our plan for the next few plays. Mixing up the plays is what makes defense wonder what’s coming next.
How does Randall miss that easy sack. Momentum is not with us – I’m guessing Bears punch it in here.
Anyone else notice what seems like a massive drop-off in performance from Josh Sitton this year? I think people assume he’s still playing well because it’s just understood that he’s one of the better offensive linemen. But he has been really bad this year in my opinion. I’ll admit I don’t follow the O-Line much and frankly don’t know a ton about what they’re doing but he seems to be behind on blocks and missing key blocks at the least, noticeably.
I’m not liking the management of third and short tonight. That’s the second (third?) time that Lacy has been stopped on a crappy play call. Just do not like the thought behind those plays. Nobody accounted for Young at all on that play. Just a poor play call and poor execution.
- Rodgers completed passes at less than 50% last week – the offensive problems haven’t been figured out yet.
- Lacy should be a big factor tonight. I’m guessing he runs for 150 yards.
- The Bears offense might look weird to packer fans because I don’t anticipate the usual spate of cutler turnovers. Gase has him playing well this year so I expect them to hang around for a while in this game.
- But the packers run game should eventually overwhelm tonight.
- Packers 40, bears 19
- Read the game preview – I kind of thought this would happen.
- The Packers defense was getting zero attention heading into this game. And while I think Capers’ units are far too inconsistent, and I can’t say I’m even a backer of Capers anymore, I thought this game might just be the right kind of game for our defense. Historically, our defense has tended to do best when they aren’t getting any attention – when they are clearly playing second fiddle to the offense and they are far from the lead narrative of the game heading into the game. This is exactly how it was heading into this game – nobody was talking about the Packers defense. They totally shut down Adrian Peterson. 45 yards? Seriously? And if it weren’t for a scary good performance from Teddy Bridgewater, this game might have been a total blowout. (I have real concerns about having to face Bridgewater going forward. I thought he’d be good coming out of college – but he looked like a super poised veteran QB out there today. Solid.) Anyway, tip of the hat to Capers and the defense – you guys won this game.
- It was so refreshing to see Lacy go nuts today. He had 100 yards rushing on 22 carries. Brother Steve of course sat him in fantasy, so I knew he was going to have a huge game. He looked fresher than he has in weeks and he had a little bit of his wiggle back (though definitely not all of it). The O-Line did a much better job run blocking today as Lacy had some good holes to run through. The pass blocking had its moments but still needs some work. But getting Lacy going really did open up the offense.
- I found it shocking that the Vikings DBs backed off and didn’t do the bump and run so much. They seemed to drop back into a zone and didn’t go with the bump and run man-to-man that the Packers have struggled big time with in recent weeks. And I think this just plain helped our WRs get open. When our WRs get bumped off of routes right away, they are not fast enough/quick enough to regain their footing and get open (especially with shoddy O-Line blocking). So when the DBs drop back and don’t play bump and run, our WRs can get open more easily. Odd that they didn’t do this.
- It was nice to see James Jones get open and get a few passes. While I don’t expect a ton from him going forward, it’s nice to know that we have a veteran guy who can step up when we need him most. While his unbelievable lack of speed can hurt us at times, I still think it was a good idea to pick him up.
- How great was it to see both Rodgers and McCarthy pumped up on the sideline? they have spent the last few games looking like they don’t care or at least looking like deer in headlights. Tonight they were fired up and most importantly for McCarthy, he was current with the game. As things were happening, he looked to be right on top of it. From yelling at the officials to getting the flow of game. He was right there. This is huge for the Packers because this has been missing now for a few games.
- I think the Packers got their collective swagger back today. They looked sharp, they executed and most importantly, they played hard and confidently. They played like they just knew they were going to win. They haven’t played that way for a long time. It was nice to see.
- What a difference it makes when we get to the QB huh? 6 sacks and a bunch of hurries. That was huge – even though Bridgewater did as well as a QB could have done under the circumstances. But Datone was a beast back there today with 2 sacks. Great to see.
- I was really ticked at our recent losses – especially to Detroit – but I think the team should roll with some serious momentum after this victory. Mike Zimmer is one of the best defensive minds in football and he has been for years. We put up 30 points on them today and our star world-class QB didn’t play well. Once again Rodgers completed less than 50% of his passes. That is so awful. He is so much better than that. Yes, Cobb (wow – what’s wrong with that guy) and a few others dropped some passes. But most of the time it was Rodgers just plain missing guys he NEVER used to miss. I continue to be worried about Rodgers.
- That said, he did have one pass – that throw rolling right to Jones for the TD – that reminded everyone of the class of QB he is. Few QBs could have thrown a ball that perfectly placed. It was nice to see. But the 18 of 34 missed passes were not great to see – he and McCarthy need to sit down and try to figure out what’s going on there.
- The critical piece of this game was what the Packers did with 2 minutes left in the first half. So often they just get conservative and let the half close etc. But today they went after it and that pass interference penalty against Janis really opened the door for the rest of the drive. But they kept driving and they kept driving until they had a TD. Usually, McCarthy (like Mike Sherman) would be satisfied there with a FG there. But we pressed until we had a TD. That was HUGE. That’s exactly what the Patriots would have done because that’s what great, aggressive teams do. At the risk of being overly dramatic, I think that drive may have been the turning point of the season. So huge.
- Jeff Janis had a huge kick return today and for some reason (in addition to the critical pass interference penalty he drew), this made me finally jump on board the Janis bandwagon. Get that guy on the field. Throw it to him deep. Why not take a few shots a game – like 50 or 60 yards throws that would be the equivalent of a punt anyway. Take some chances to stretch the D. He’s the guy for it.
- Hats off to Mason Crosby. He had a huge game today. 5/5 with a long of 52 yards. His early makes were key to building the lead.
- I think it’s time I single out the play of Ha Ha. He has been playing really well lately. From getting sacks to making really difficult tackles. He is starting to develop into a legit safety in this league.
- I feel good about the team right now in part because we beat a quality Vikings team handily – and we left a lot out there – we could play much better than we played today. That is a good sign.
- Packers 41, Bears 19.
packers are starting to look like themselves here.
how do you send Lacy, who is so fat he’s slower than Richard Rodgers, around the edge there! Such a horrible play call. Wow.
terrible no call.