Our good friends at The Packer Page had a nice write-up of the game last night.
Enjoy, and put him on your daily list of Packer reading.
By: The Vegas
Did that win feel good or what? Sure, it wasn’t all pretty and perfect, but it means 1-0 and a victory over the Vikings. In the end, that’s what matters right now.
You know what else makes me happy? Jared Allen having one of the least productive games of his life, according to #69 himself. He forced two holding calls on Clifton, but I’ll take that over Rodgers being planted in the ground on an Allen sack. Besides one pass defensed, he didn’t record a single tackle or sack. Oh, and Rodgers wasn’t sacked at all, rarely pressured, and when he was forced out of the pocket, he made plays with his feet.
Remember when I asked for good pass protection before the game? Wish granted.
The good: Aaron Rodgers, of course. Efficient and accurate would be the best term to describe his performance. 81% completion percentage. Butter. He only threw for 178 yards, but then again, only passed 22 times and that number would have been higher if it wasn’t for the Moll penalty on the 68 yard touch to DD. But hey, who am I to complain about stats? He accounted for 2 of our touchdowns, had no turnovers, and was great at running the offense. That’s fine by me.
The bad: Penalties. Granted, it was the first game of the year and I guess teams are prone to being a bit sloppy and committing more penalties than usual, but 12 of them for 118 yards? Boy, was that frustrating. During a point in the first quarter, I was happy for them to run a play without seeing the little yellow “flag” symbol pop up on the bottom line score. They got away with it this game, but if they keep that number in double digits throughout games, they won’t always get away with it.
The ugly: Atari Bigby. Atari, I love you man. I even named my fantasy football team after you, bra. But seriously, why did you insist on running around with the ball after your interception that put the game away? GO OUT OF BOUNDS. Fall on your ass. Curl up in the fetal position and never let go of the pigskin. I don’t care what you do, just don’t run around like that in a game when you run the risk of fumbling the ball and giving Minnesota a chance, again. So maybe, this is me just knitpicking, since nothing came of it, but it could have been ugly if he gave the ball away there.
Some other quick thoughts from the game:
QB sneak for a touchdown? Name the last time you saw that in Green Bay. By the way, I loved the classic spiking the ball celebration out of Rodgers afterwards. The spike will always be my favorite touchdown celebration. I loved when Bubba used to do it, southpaw style.
Remember all the praise Brandon Jackson got in the off season? 7 carries, 12 yards, one fumble that could have turned ugly. Yes, I know it’s only one game but he didn’t look good. And why did McCarthy have him taking the carries at the end of the game, when we needed a first to put the game away?
Speaking of McCarthy, I had to question some of his calls throughout the game. Even before Crosby’s kick got blocked at the end of the first half, I thought MM made the wrong call. 30 seconds was on the clock and they had good field position plus one more timeout. Why not take some chances in the endzone there? Rodgers was on fire throughout that whole posssession.
And I still won’t understand some of his calls on third down. Maybe it’s because I’m not a coach or because I want to see the offense pick up a first down, but why run a designed 7 yard quick out pass to Jennings when it’s 3rd and 15?
Even though on the stat sheet we only had one sack, I thought the d-line did an excellent job with rushing the quarterback. Jackson seemed to get rid of the ball just in time on numerous occasions and he got knocked around pretty good by the d-line. KGB and Kampman both looked explosive. So did Montgomery on a few plays.
Peterson rushed for over 100 yards, but besides his one long run that only led to a FG, they kept control of him pretty well. No big runs that really changed the game, which the Vikings can really use in their favor.
No matter all the penalties and other things that weren’t perfect, a win is a win, my friends. And against a team like the Minnesota Vikings, that feels great after Week 1.
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