- Packers sure like to make things interesting.
- I get the outrage over the missed fumble call late in the second half, but seriously, if your head coach is going throw challenges away in the first half, well, you're reaping what you sow.
- Why is it that Dom Capers morphs into a scared little boy whenever he goes up against the better quarterbacks in the league? I get giving Brees and others respect. I understand wanting to play coverage. But when "coverage" consists of zones that feature corners and linebackers that start by standing 8 yards off the line of scrimmage most of the time, I wonder what happened to the guy who had his corners pressing and challenging receivers against the Bears and Seahawks.
Ok. I never do this, but just had to add this, from Tom Silverstein:
The big reason was because the Saints used a lot of bunch formations. The Packers had some rules for how to play them when their splits are a certain way. When the splits were narrower than usual, they went to zone so they didn't get picked. Wider, they went to man-to-man. The Saints are really good in dissecting defenses and making them react to the Saints. With the size of their receivers, you can't let yourself get picked all day long or you wind up giving up even bigger plays. The problem was no pass rush.
- McCarthy has ice water in his viens with that fake punt call. Not that this is breaking news anymore.
- James Jones did something that he hasn't done in a long, long time: Put together two really good games in a row.
- Clay Matthews got another sack, but for the most part the Saints blocked him one-on-one without problem.
- I have no words for the Graham Harrell play.
- I thought McCarthy might go back to more multiple sets after the second half in Seattle, but there it was - lots of spread looks with lots of wide receivers. Maybe he knew his offense would work well at home against a porous Saints defense. I hope that's what it is.
- DJ Smith looked overmatched early on but battled through and made some nice plays as the game went on. That's a good sign.
- Again. Seriously. How many times are we going to see receivers streaking downfield with corners in futile pursuit, thinking they had safety help, until Capers is forced to simplify things?
- Rodgers is doing that thing again - that thing where there's a guy wide open underneath for an easy first down, but he's determined to look deep.
- The Packers beat the Seahawks but not the refs last week. This week, they beat the Saints AND the refs. McCarthy's always talking about improvement, right?
- I need a cigarette after that game and I don't even smoke.
- Bring on the Colts
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