Packers 30 Falcons 16: Game Balls and Lame Calls

Pack survives war of attrition to head into bye week undefeated.

In a game that saw both teams piling up injuries at a disturbing pace, the Green Bay Packers proved to be deeper and more talented than the Atlanta Falcons. And, oh yeah, the Packers had Aaron Rodgers who clearly outplayed his long time QB rival Matt Ryan on the way to leading the Packers to a 30 to 16 victory and a 4-0 record. 

The Packers gambled they could rest key players like Davante Adams, Kenny Clark, Rashan Gary and Marcedes Lewis and still beat the winless Falcons, and they won the gamble. I continue to be blown away by the depth and the poise of this team. Everybody is contributing and there doesn't seem to be much of a drop-off in performance. The defense continues to gush yardage up and down the field but somehow still manages to plug the dam when they have to. Let's give out some individual recognition, beginning with the breakout player of the game.

 

GAME BALLS

Robert Tonyan

Yes, you can now officially call him "Big Game Bob".    The severely depleted Falcon secondary didn't seem to have anybody who could cover him.   Tonyan wound up with 6 catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns.   The last score came after Tonyan was tripped, fell over, did a somersault, popped back up to his feet and strolled wide open into the end zone where Rodgers hit him easily.   Guess what Packer fans?   The Green and Gold now has a legitimate weapon at tight end.   It was worth the wait.   Oh by the way, guess who now leads the NFL in touchdown catches?   Yep, it's Big Bob, whose tied with Mike Evans with five.

 

Aaron Rodgers

QB12 did nothing to damage his MVP mission after a surgical 327 passing yards and 4 touchdowns.   Through the first four games, Arod has 13 TD's and no interceptions.   At times, it almost seemed unfair as the camera caught Rodgers giggling several times after connecting with open receivers running all over the field.   Atlanta simply did not have the depth in the secondary to make up for a rash of injuries to that unit and Rodgers knew exactly how to exploit it.

 

Aaron Jones 

Matt LaFleur seems to be pressing all the right buttons.   His decision to rest Jones for pretty much the entire 2nd quarter paid off beautifully when Jones took over late in the game.   He wound up with 71 yards rushing and caught five passes for 40 yards and a score.   I will say, I kind of wish Rodgers would stop throwing him that wheel route ball on the boundary because Jones continues to take blistering shots after the catch.   

 

Jamal Williams

His performance may have sneaked up on you if you weren't paying attention.   Wearing his constant smile, Jamal hauled in a team high 8 passes for 95 yards.   I'm just going to sit back and enjoy Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams for the rest of the season, and try not to think about the fact that both of them are in the final year of their contracts.

 

Zadarious Smith

Not only did he have three sacks, but he seems to come up with them at the most critical times.   One of them closed out the Falcons at the end of the half, preventing them from seizing momentum going to the locker room.   The last one snuffed out Atlanta's final drive, meaning that, for a change, we didn't have to sweat out an onside kick to seal the game.   It looks like Z's trademark is going to be writing a message of some sort on the bottom of his jersey and whipping it out after a sack.   I hope he gets the opportunities to show many messages.

 

Adrian Amos

On the Falcons final offensive play, a 4th down pass attempt in the end zone to Calvin Ridley, the ESPN announcers kept saying that Ridley dropped the ball.   I think they missed what may have been the outstanding defensive play of the game when Amos lunged at the very last second and knocked the ball out of Ridley's hands.   Without that play Atlanta would have cut the lead to seven and had the chance try the afore mentioned onside kick. 

 

LAME CALLS 

Holding on Jenkins

First of all, let me emphasize that I am not one of these guys that cries about officiating in every game.   But all three of my Lame Calls this week involved what I think were bogus penalties against the Pack.   The first one was a phantom holding on Elgton Jenkins late in the first half that threatened to kill a drive.   Fortunately a pretty 4th down conversion pass to Malik Taylor saved the drive which eventually ended with a back-breaking TD pass to Tonyan.

 

Roughing the Passer on Zadarious

The call came on 4th down on a pass that fell incomplete.   Z gave Matt Ryan a little shove after he released the ball and was flagged.   You see that little hit on the QB all the time in this league.   Rodgers takes much harder shots than that after releasing the ball and doesn't seem to get those calls.   The penalty kept the Falcons drive alive and ended with a Todd Gurley touchdown run.

 

Block in the Back on Sternberger

Even the ESPN announcers had to concede they never saw it.   The Atlanta defensive player must have done a masterful job of selling it. 

 

SHORT YARDAGE 

•  Never has a bye week been more timely for the Packers.   Besides the players held out of the game, Green Bay suffered in-game injuries to Kevin King, Chandon Sullivan, Will Redmond and Josiah Deguara.

•  Tackling....gotta get better.   'Nuff said.

•  Green Bay's run defense was encouraging.   Falcons were held to 78 yards on 25 attempts, an average of just over 3 yards per carry.

•  I loved the new wrinkle on the Pack's first touchdown.   Second and goal on the six, Green Bay suddenly exploded out of the huddle, sprinted up to the line, quick snapped the ball and Rodgers flipped a TD pass to a wide open Aaron Jones behind a Falcon defense that clearly was caught by surprise.   I want more of this.

•  Dark and empty Lambeau Field seemed weird and almost eerie, didn't it?

•  Favorite snapshot of the game:   Jamal Williams doing his happy dance in warm-ups.

 

THEY SAID IT

Aaron Rodgers (on his awkward fall):  "It was more embarrassment than injury.   I think my ankle or knee hyper-extended.   I'm all right."

Zadarious Smith (on getting 3 sacks):   "You know me.   I'm more of a pressure guy......P (Preston Smith) wants the sacks and I want the pressures but the pressures bring sacks, so in those situations I was just glad to make some big plays for the team." 

Robert Tonyan:   "When plays come to me I gotta make them.   Aaron (Rodgers) had a nice little look in his eye tonight so I just was trying to roll with that."

 

 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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packerbackerjim's picture

October 06, 2020 at 06:28 am

Game: MLF and AR being simpatico.

Lame: The long injury list, many literally lame.

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mnbadger's picture

October 06, 2020 at 06:45 am

Lame, ESPN's production and presentation of the game. Riddick is the best of the announcers. How long are Bob Griese's coat tails? Brian is still holding a job because them. Levy is always talking without saying anything of value.
Camera work was bad, the lameness was epitomized when they totally failed to show a play coming out of commercial, then failing again to tell us what happened while we were out. I think it was a pass for a first down, not sure to who. Great start to the season, let's get healthy and keep it rolling. GPG

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Fire_Gute's picture

October 06, 2020 at 07:05 am

They did spend roughly a half of a second saying that it was a first down pass to MVS, butchering his name for the 10th time in the process. This has to be the most poorly produced game I've ever seen

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:09 am

I haven’t watched an ESPN game in ages before last night, now I remember why.

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October 06, 2020 at 08:14 am

Fire Gute?

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Fire_Gute's picture

October 06, 2020 at 10:51 pm

Yeah not a big fan. At all. Other than 1 day in free agency and about 2 good days in the draft he has been well below average at best. This year's draft is going to do next to nothing, an UDFA linebacker is going to contribute more than all of the draft class combined

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Tundraboy's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:16 am

Yeah it was right up there. Bizarre announcing team. I thought it was an alternate stream.

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flackcatcher's picture

October 06, 2020 at 07:19 am

Frankly, I rather they run the all-22. Just a lazy sloppy job by all concerned. If I were the NFL, I get on the phone to Bristol post haste. To call the coverage and game call indifferent is being too kind.

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Since'61's picture

October 06, 2020 at 07:06 am

Agree on the game balls. I would add Packers DL
Against the run. Considering Clark was out they held up pretty well except for a few strong runs by Gurley.

Lame calls: ESPN production and coverage was terrible. I turned off the sound during the first quarter. That crew is awful.

Thanks, Since ‘61

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dobber's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:12 am

That was a college game crew...and not their "A" team, either.

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:21 am

Well if that’s what they roll out on MNF I’d say that encapsulates the problem. It’s as much a showcase for the network as the NFL.

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Since'61's picture

October 06, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Exactly, agree completely. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Barazinho's picture

October 06, 2020 at 12:30 pm

The thing that annoys me is that you can't tell the difference between the 2 color guys. They have similar voices, and speak with the same disinterested monontone -I can't tell which boring guy is speaking.

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October 06, 2020 at 08:07 am

Imagine MNF announcers so bad that the memory's of Dennis Miller seam fond in comparison...

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Bure9620's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:27 am

Game balls: O-line, Tonyan, Aarons Squared, Z and Jaire

Lame calls: Not getting Dillon more carries in the 2nd half

failure to set the edge against the run, why Does Pettine have safeties trying to do this???? Savage got washed out on the goal line. You have a safety getting blocked by a tackle or TE, totally mismatched

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:45 am

Loved Kings play to hold the edge though. One of the plays of the game.

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CoachDino's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:16 pm

Savage was most likely there only because it was goalline. that said I agree, Gary's replacement kept getting washed in. Z has a habit of it as well when he is too aggressive. he can hold an edge when he decides too. What's with Lancaster? I most often defer to Gute and ML and I certainly respected Mr lancaster but never thought he could play this well. Wonder if management saw something we didn't.

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mnbadger's picture

October 07, 2020 at 07:00 pm

Our down d-linemen played well Monday night, but . . .
It seems that we run the only defense where OLB's line up INSIDE the widest player on the offensive line. Trying to set the edge with our under sized safeties doesn't make sense. Especially considering we don't play inside runs very well either.

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GilbertBurger's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:31 am

Great victory and amazing that we’re heading into the bye undefeated. I don’t mean to be a downer but what’s up with MVS? Looks like the same uneven player we’ve always seen. I want to love this guy so badly but it’s so painful to see him miss a touchdown because he can’t track the ball and for some reason extends only one arm. I think the majority of Rodgers incompletions were on throws to MVS. IMO that’s the only disappointment for the Offense thus far. Hard to complain about that, but I found a way.

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:49 am

MVS isn’t a number 1. Last night he was forced to be. Thus he drew a lot of coverage. Still made some key receptions for us, some of which were shown on TV.

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Stroh's picture

October 07, 2020 at 02:58 pm

MVS isn't a #1 or #2 or #3 for that matter. Neither is Lazard. They are functional in the offense because the scheme gets them open (see BOTH Lazard's big plays last week). They have a legit #1 and a gaggle of #4 WR, masquerading as #2 WR.

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Grandfathered's picture

October 07, 2020 at 08:29 pm

Don't say it out loud Gilbert, other teams may hear that MVS has a hard time tracking the ball.

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dobber's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:33 am

Tonyan this week...MVS had a big week...Adams had a big week...Jones had a big week. This seems to be the defining feature of this offense in that there are a couple high-fliers that DCs have to account for on a weekly basis, but when asked the supporting cast has stepped up.

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:55 am

We let the D pick their poison. They aren’t a bad run D and chose to focus on the perimeter receivers, so start throwing to the RBs and Tonyan. Atalanta never adjusted. Just so many options that can get you. If we skip over downs within 5 yards of the opponent’s line, play calling and scheme have worked wonderfully to exploit whatever the opponent is doing on D.

Impressive coaching and scheming. Obviously great QB play, but getting the most out of players in a way MM had ceased to do. This scheme is set up to be able to adapt and adjust.

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dobber's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:07 am

I think your point is a pretty important one: Atlanta has hemorrhaged yards through the air this season and was decent against the run. I think it would've been easy -- with the injuries at WR -- to try to just jam it down the Falcons' throats on the ground and grind out a win. Instead, the offense asked other guys to step up in the passing game where they could exploit Atlanta's biggest weakness, and they did...#12 is currently about as good as he's been in a long time at distributing the ball.

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SugarCain's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:40 am

Game Balls: Gutey and staff for finding an undrafted TE out of Indiana St who can flat play and will keep getting better!
LaFluer for Putting a smile on Rodgers face for 60 minutes!!

Lame: Steve Levy is just bad!

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:57 am

Investing in players who develop is critical in the cap era, whether drafted or undrafted. There aren’t too many coming in ready to shake up the league and most that do cost draft picks that have seldom fallen within reach. It’s a hit and miss process, a bumpy ride, but well worth it when one emerges.

I wish people here would remember that many players are not the finished article. Tonyan is another many wanted to Jettison. We also start to see the number of options in the passing game, but still cries that we needed to draft a WR early to save us from inevitable doom. This is cap era football.

The bad news is, if Tonyan keeps this up, he is grossly underpaid. He is an only a RFA next year, but still.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:41 am

This is pretty spot on (though the commentary wasn't nearly as bad as everyone is making it out to be, though I was mad that they missed a play coming out of a time out).

Oh, and they DID correct themselves on Amos' fine play.
However, they did note that he was completely out of position and beaten and the ONLY reason he was able to come back and get a fingertip on the ball was that the pass rush caused Ryan to move right, which delayed the throw a bit (and they also noted that he's never had the arm strength, like Rodgers, to move right and throw back across his body).

So, honestly, Amos' great play will probably be a teaching moment in meetings because he was beaten (both to teach him what his read should have been and to teach younger players not to give up on a play until the ball is on the ground).

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:47 am

Game Balls:

Matt LaFleur & Aaron Rodgers-
What more can be said other then they have this offense humming. The play designs/game plan/play calling have been very impressive. They go into this game without his 2 starting WR's. And they still put up over 300 yards passing. Rodgers smarts and accuracy really has taken what LaFleur wants to do and maximizes it.

Another smart move for LaFleur. Sitting out Adams and Clark. Recognizing that they have the bye, and are going against a team that is banged up, and they felt good about it. Give those guys time to get closer to 100%

Tonyan -
3 TD catches. Tonyan is starting to really emerge as a legit weapon in our offense. He will likely be a redzone and 3rd down target.

Lame Calls:
Refs were bad. They missed 2 or 3 facemasks. The holding and block in the back were bad. Those were literally some lame calls.

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Spock's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:50 am

And... a shout out to MVS; he didn't DROP a single pass and moved the chains. Encouraging sign.

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:58 am

A lot of young players got real and prolonged game experience last night. That will only help them learn and gain confidence. We got better for that reason alone. We will likely need these players again as the season progresses.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:47 am

My only complaint about MVS, is on that back shoulder throw to him at the goal line. He has to find a way to make that play. I have 0 doubt that guys like Nelson, Adams, even Lazard make that catch. Now it did not hurt them in this game. But when you have a chance to make a play you need to make it. For him to take the next step he needs to come up with plays like that.

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 10:01 am

If he starts making those, he would likely be on the way to being a true starter. Perhaps he will, perhaps not, but he is heading in a good direction. Right now, he is contributing in ways he wouldn’t have last year.

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CoachDino's picture

October 06, 2020 at 08:24 pm

It reminds me a bit of the long pass down the right sideline to Shepard. There was good coverage and at a glance it didn't look catchable, but a starting, bigger receiver could of bodied his way to the ball and made a play on it or maybe got a call. The ball was just slightly under thrown and the DB didn't play the ball well either. Just the differences between the studs and role players. ALL WR look similar when they are wide open and the ball is put right there. You wouldn't be in the NFL if you didn't. In the past we needed playmakers. Jordy's bread and butter. This scheme allows for much less dependence on the WR ability. I beleive thats why there WAS such a debate, the less you saw the scheme dynamic and later the realization the more ardent the WR perceived need. Lets put that one to rest...
Along with the RT, Gary and Degura.

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scullyitsme's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:03 am

Has to be a game ball to LaFleur. That guy and his system is beyond what I thought it’d be in year two. People including Nagler keep trying to tell me our receivers are good. They aren’t, they are average at best outside of Davante. That’s what makes this scheme and LaFleur so good. It doesn’t matter, I could get open half the time. They showed a replay on I think the 4th down reception by turner. 3 people were wide open. So glad McCarthy is gone.

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October 06, 2020 at 06:31 pm

My thoughts exactly, other than Lazard. I think he is legit. But LaFluer and his staff and the ability to make adjustments. They knew they were down Mercedes, so on someplays LaFluer used a 6th OL, whereas if it was McCarthy..Rodgers would have been sacked 3 times and no adjustments would be made. What difference. The creativity with Play calling....also huge. I'd like to hear from the players not plays crowd on this.

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jurp's picture

October 06, 2020 at 10:25 pm

So glad McCarthy's in Dallas. :)

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:05 am

Game balls to the coaches who sat key personnel knowing we had this one in the bag. That was clear to me after our first drive and I never was nervous in the least. An extra night off before the bye could be huge down the stretch. Lame calls to the refs who must have used a defective ball on Crosby’s missed extra point. The guy is money, so it couldn’t have been him. Also a lame call, or rather a “called lame” for Mathew Ice’s right arm. Other than one fast ball down the seam in the end zone (which was a bit behind and incomplete), he looked done. Kind of reminded me of Manning at the end who had no velocity, but was still able to complete some passes without interceptions because of his smarts.

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mrtundra's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:14 am

4-0, Baby! MLF and ARod clicking! Tonyan! Jones and Williams receiving the ball! Now, let's get healthy over the bye week and come out ready for week 6!

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murf7777's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:22 am

Well written article overall But and a big but I can’t agree with the following statement as they contradict each other

“Tackling....gotta get better. 'Nuff said.

• Green Bay's run defense was encouraging. Falcons were held to 78 yards on 25 attempts, an average of just over 3 yards per carry.“

If your run D is good doesn’t that mean you tackled good as well? We need to give credit where credit is due. There tackling was better and quite good in this game. They held a high powered Offense to 17 points and 78 yards rushing. Nuff said!

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Leatherhead's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:35 am

How does a poor tackling defense hold the Falcons to about half their season average of 30?

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greengold's picture

October 06, 2020 at 09:45 am

Aaron Rodgers being Aaron Rodgers and having fun at it is awesome to see.

Probably my biggest takeaway aside from the prowess shown on offense, with contributions all up and down from Big Bob, MVS, Shep, Taylor, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams & Tyler Ervin, was the run defense.

Take away 2 Matt Ryan scrambles for 10 yds, and the Packers held Atlanta to just 68 yds on 23 dedicated rushing attempts for a 2.95 ypc average.

Lancaster came through with a better performance with 4 tackles. Keke had 3. Montravius Adams, Lowry and Winn each had 1 tackle a piece. Ty Summers had 7, as did Raven Greene. Krys Barnes had 6. Za’Darius Smith led the team with 8 tackles.

THAT, was a good showing altogether. A couple of whiffs. Summers had one bad one. His missed tackle % is 15.8% in the two games he played. For comparison, Cory Littleton has a missed tackle % of 29.0%. Patrick Queen is 10% Mtkl, but he's giving up a 109.6 passer rating when targeted. Kenneth Murray Jr. has a 10.8% Mtkl%, but is giving up a 117.2 passer rating when targeted. Krys Barnes Mtkl% is 0%... WOW.

Ka'Dar Hollman had 2 PDs, Savage and Amos both with 1 PD. Those were all big.

Not a bad way to go into the bye with Kenny Clark getting what will be a complete 5 weeks of rest/recovery for the groin strain, and Davante Adams getting a solid 4 weeks off for the hammy. Julio Jones came back too early from his hammy, and look what happened to him. Out before halftime...

Good showing against a powerful offense. I want to see AJ Dillon WAY more in short yardage.

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Coldworld's picture

October 06, 2020 at 10:11 am

Thanks for this post. I agree entirely but also learned some details. The D stopped Atalanta despite some iffy calls and despite getting ever thinner.

I thought there was more hustle and that tackling improved. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better and, with the level of inexperience, perfection is extremely unlikely.

They exceeded my expectations against an O which has been effective at putting up points even without a Ridley and Jones. Experience can only help these players.

I like Hollman, glad he got some chances to show. These opportunities have real value for young depth players. I’d be happier with Winn on the roster. But if we sign Snacks or another, not sure how he fits. We can’t elevate him again.

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October 06, 2020 at 09:26 am

Give a game ball to the Atlanta secondary. There were open receivers all over the place. Lame calls: Officials. The Packers have really improved with not getting penalties. And some of the calls were ticky tacky. Jackson hasn't learned much. I think the Falcons targeted him. They might want to briing back Tramon.

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October 06, 2020 at 10:14 am

They did target him but mostly when we were in 2 deep semi prevent. That will be a learning opportunity for him. Hollman, who also can play perimeter, seems to have showed well.

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frankthefork's picture

October 06, 2020 at 10:13 am

No complaints. It's 4-0 . If there is improvement, which I hope is on the defensive front and overall better defensive cohesion, the Packers look unstoppable. GPG

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October 06, 2020 at 10:18 am

What's really encouraging is how versatile this offense can be.

Take away Davante and Lazard...and Rodgers goes 19-19 for 233 yds and 4 TDs to Tonyan, Williams and Jones. 100% completion rate to his TE and two RBs.

This is really becoming a "pick-your-poison" type of offense, which is going to make it very difficult for opposing DCs to game plan for.

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October 06, 2020 at 10:25 am

Gotta hand the game ball to the offensive coaching staff and playcallers. Man, young guys are stepping up all over the place. That's coaching. I've been very worried about the WR depth and quality. That (and DL/ILB quality) is still a worry against KC, BAL, NE, PIT, SEA, SF, TB, IND... but we're definitely in that group that has a legit shot to win it all.

That's all you can ask at the quarter pole of the season. Glad to be eating the crow. Tastes Gute. (see what I did there?) GPG.

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dobber's picture

October 06, 2020 at 11:15 am

There's a big difference in the current staff coaching players and putting them into winnable situations, and the previous coaching staff just trotting the same combos out there and saying "go win your matchup".

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October 07, 2020 at 03:43 pm

MM sucked and most all know it now except for possibly Aaron Nagler.

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October 06, 2020 at 11:27 am

Game: ML showed again he is one of the NFL’s best offensive minds in the NFL and is a master of employing his game plan to best fit the strengths of his available players. Sublime. He is on pace to be Coach of the year. I know Gutey gets panned for some of his draft choices....he made a dandy choice with Matt.

Lame: That ESPN group in the booth....especially Griese. He needs to listen to comments from Romo, The Rock, even Collingsworth. Those three provide clear understanding of the game to what they SEE on the field...not what they WANT to see.

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October 06, 2020 at 11:42 am

Offense did a great job but the DBs should get a game ball also. Julio Jones 4-32
Calvin Ridley 0-0

and Ridley was leading the NFL in yardage and touchdowns at the receiver spot.

Great effort all around.

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October 06, 2020 at 01:35 pm

Very happy to see the team didn't come out flat. They started early and took care of business. I started to feel bad for the Falcons in the 4th quarter...it was like Rodgers was toying with them, but then I remembered the playoff game in Atlanta a few years ago, when the Pack went in with like the number 4 CB and some beer vendors they pulled out of the stands and pretty much got manhandled. Karma baby! As for the telecast, I can't tell you the last time I've had the volume on for a Monday night game.

Big shout out to the D. The Falcons were in desperation mode, and the defense never gave up the big play. GPG!

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bocster's picture

October 06, 2020 at 01:41 pm

Is this the same Ken Lass that was talking about Lynn Dickey and David Whitehurst in 1979 on channel 2 WBAY T.V.? I was driving through Birmingham, Alabama back in 2009 and turned on the local TV news at hotel, and the head news reporter was Ken Lass. Same guy? If yes, great reporter, great guy, and great to have him on Cheesehead TV! Go Pack Go!

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October 06, 2020 at 07:37 pm

Yes bocster I am the same. Thanks for the kind words and I appreciate you remembering. Those were great days at WBAY, although not so great for the Pack.

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October 06, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Sorry Ken, you have a misprint here ....... "Roughing the Passer on Zadarious" I'm pretty sure that was the "Claymaker" :-)

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October 06, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Z Smith got called for a controversial roughing the passer yet Sam Darnound of the jets was picked up and body slammed and the defender fell on him with all his body weight and no flag, and he's injured now that's A big disparity in officiating .

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October 06, 2020 at 04:59 pm

I wish I could give the ILBs a game ball. But I can't. The more I saw Summers move around. The more I saw Capers defense. Had it not been for the Trench and the Smiths. And some great plays by the secondary. This Defense was ready to break. So lets begin. Toughness. I'm not seeing it. Wrap up. I'm not seeing it. Getting in the backfield. I'm not seeing it. Delays yes! Afraid Yes! Unsure yes! Green Bays best ILBs always showed off their Guns. These ILBs are shooting blanks. I'm ready to give out reprimands. They were the weakest link in the defense last night. If Pettine keeps moving Summers around. He'll be signing his own Death Certificate.

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October 06, 2020 at 07:58 pm

Lame Call: Aaron's 5th TD not called. Darius Shepherd "fell down on his own in front of goal line" but was not touched until he rolled on his back with ball over the goal line. Was I the only person who saw it that way? MLF should have thrown the Red bean bag if my 60-yr old eyes didn't betrayed me. Got to roll back the video on that one.

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Stroh's picture

October 07, 2020 at 02:44 pm

So the author doesn't want Jones to get hit? What the hell, this is Football man! See that's why I loved Ahman Green, he didn't politely step out of bounds to avoid a hit and no one ever had to worry about him getting hit. Ahman Green was the one dishing out the punishment, he didn't take it. He literally abused DB's who attempted to tackle him. He sought contact out and initiated it!

This is a physical, collision sport people!!! Man UP!

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