I've read and heard a lot of fan reaction to the loss yesterday. A lot of the usual mud-slinging by the anti-Thompson crowd of course, but also some measured reactions trying to affix blame for yesterday's tough loss.
The truth is - that was a great football game. It's just truly unfortunate the Packers had to lose.
People will blame McCarthy and Sanders for the failures of the offense and defense respectively. People will try to blame individuals for plays they think might have swayed the outcome. (Poppinga's horrific personal foul penalty or Jason Spitz' missed block on the screen play toward the end of regulation...) And of course, there's the old standby, blaming the refs, the worst offense being the blatant mugging of Greg Jennings on the deep ball against Finnegan. (And don't buy what Bedard is sellin' - that was classic pass interference, unlike Chillar's non-call in the end-zone - Finnegan wraps up Jennings' arm just BEFORE the ball gets there. Pass. Interference.)
But in truth, the Packers just didn't make the plays when they needed to make them and the Titans did. Sometimes, it's as simple as that. It's frustrating, not having something or someone to blame, but it's the truth. When the Packers give the ball away twice and don't take it away even once, more often than not they are going to lose. Even after that, all they had to do was get a first down on their last offensive drive and Crosby most likely kicks the game winner. You can go on and on. The Titans made the plays that needed to be made - the Packers didn't and now they sit at 4-4 halfway through the season.
The next two games? Huge. Enormous. The importance can not be overstated. The Packers must find a way to win these next two games or it is all over for the 2008 Green Bay Packers. That may sound melodramatic, but it's pretty much where they've put themselves. Facing the Vikings then the Bears, the Packers can't falter either time, especially against the Bears who McCarthy has yet to figure out. (His lone victory against our hated rival came in a meaningless New Years Eve game two years ago...)
So - don't focus on the sting of this Titans loss - it's unfortunate, but not catastrophic. Instead - get ready for all out wars against our two most hated rivals back-to-back. It's only the season on the line, after all.
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