Packers 40 Titans 14: Game Balls and Lame Calls

Packers limit Henry, unleash Dillon in best overall game by far.

Well, that should shut up some of the critics.

The Green Bay Packers checked all of the boxes that skeptical fans were waiting for Sunday night in a 40-14 rout of the Tennessee Titans.   Play well against a playoff caliber team?   Check.   Show the ability to take back momentum when it has slipped away?   Check.   Run the ball in cold weather?  Did it.   And perhaps most impressively of all, close out a game in dominant fashion?   Check and double check.

The Packers are supposed to thrive in December when the weather gets cold and the snow starts falling.   What better time to unleash their new secret weapon?   A.J. Dillon proved to be exactly what Green Bay needed to round out its complete arsenal of weapons.   Dillon's punishing runs through the trenches, combined with Davante Adams' weaving through the Titans secondary, overwhelmed a talented Tennessee team that came in with a record of 10-4 and was playing to lock up their division.   

It was by far the best and most complete game by the defense, which loaded up the box with extra linemen in an effort to control the NFL's leading rusher, Derrick Henry, thereby challenging quarterback Ryan Tannehill to beat them by throwing the ball.   The strategy worked beautifully, as Henry was held to an inconsequential 98 yards, while the pass rush squeezed Tannehill all night, and the secondary had Titan receivers covered like a blanket.

This was a statement game.   The Packers are ready for the playoffs.   But first comes a huge showdown with the suddenly hot Bears next Sunday with all kinds of rewards on the line.   The Bears will be playing for their playoff lives, while Green Bay will play for the top seed.   Should be a heckuva game.

 

GAME BALLS

A.J. Dillon

The Boston College bulldozer was built for games like this.   Not only did he show the power to break tackles at the point of attack, but he even demonstrated a little wiggle in the open field, particularly on his 30 yard touchdown run on 4th down.   His seven yard score up the gut to round out the game in the 4th quarter was nothing short of Eddie Lacy-esque.   He finished with 124 yards on 21 carries for a 5.9 average and two scores.   One game is certainly not enough to anoint him as all-pro, but if the Packers do wind up losing both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams to free agency, it's encouraging to know Dillon will not leave the position void of potential.

Davante Adams

I've pretty much run out of adjectives.   The play most will remember from his 11 catch, 142 yard, 3 score performance, will probably be the spectacular grab on the sideline bomb in the 4th quarter.   But I think I am even more impressed by the way he juked away from double coverage to grab his 8 yard score in the third quarter.   I'm glad the national TV audience got to see the poetry that we enjoy every week.

 

Aaron Rodgers

21 of 25 for 231 yards and 4 touchdowns.   Quarterback rating of 128.1.   TV commentator Cris Collinsworth said he thinks the MVP race is over.   Rodgers wins.   Ya think?

 

Jaire Alexander

Tannehill challenged the Packer cornerback more often than most opponents do.   Jaire responded by being all over the field, knocking down passes and hitting like a runaway truck.   In other words, he played the way you would expect a first team all pro to play.

 

The O-line

They road-graded the Titans defense to the tune of 234 yards rushing, while keeping Rodgers clean all night.   Special mention to center Corey Linsley who returned from injury and whose excellent level of play took right up where it left off.

 

Rashan Gary

NBC named him defensive player of the game after 5 tackles and five QB pressures.   It was his pass rush that caused an interception in the second quarter.

 

Honorable Mentions

Darnell Savage knocked down a pass, caused a third down incompletion with a blitz, picked off a pass and narrowly missed intercepting another.   Aaron Jones was overshadowed by Dillon's breakout performance, but he still rushed for 94 yards.   He caught a break when officials missed his step out of bounds on his 59 yard scamper.   Christian Kirksey had a sack and a pick.   Za'darius Smith had a sack.   Preston Smith set the edge well and was buzzing around the quarterback all night.

 

LAME CALLS

Rodgers Gets Greedy, Throws Pick

Yes, this is picky, but there really wasn't much to be unhappy about.   One of the very few bad decisions made by QB12 was forcing the ball to Davante while on the run in the 4th quarter.   The pass was intercepted by Malcolm Butler.   The Titans subsequently drove the ball down to the Packers nine yard line, where Jaire Alexander ended the drive with a brilliant pass break-up on 4th down.

 

SHORT YARDAGE

•  It still amazes me how the yardage markers can be projected on to the field when the weather is bad.   How the heck do they do that?

•  The Packers best defensive sequence of the season came in the second quarter when, on successive plays, Kirksey had a sack, Preston Smith knocked down a pass, and Za'darius had a sack.

•  Allen Lazard was an unsung hero on Dillon's 30 yard touchdown run on 4th down when he made the key block to spring the run.

•  Dillon was stuffed on his first two carries, and then lost yardage on a screen pass.   I remember thinking the game was too big for him.   He followed with runs of 6, 9, 14, 1 and 5 yards to convert a thrid down.   He only got better from there.   First impressions can be deceptive.

•  Malik Taylor doesn't show much on kick-off returns.   Why not try Tavon Austin back there?

•  Favorite snapshot of the game:   Dillon's pathetic attempt at a Lambeau leap, needing a push from a teammate to get up on the wall.

 

THEY SAID IT

Davante Adams:   "I don't want to attribute everything that happened out there to the weather, but it definitely didn't help them out at all, and I think it definitely played in our favor."

Aaron Rodgers:   "I think we've all heard the conversation about us not beating enough good teams, and not responding and playing a complete game.   This was our response."

Christian Kirksey (on limiting Derrick Henry):   "First of all, I think Mike Pettine put us in the best position to succeed today.   I thought his play calling was excellent.....it was about attitude and guys flying to the ball."

Matt LaFleur:   "To hold a team like that, that is that explosive, to 14 points and 260 yards, I think that was a hell of a performance by our defense....I just sense a different energy with our defense."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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MITM's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:10 am

Krys Barnes was instrumental yesterday as well. We finally have a presence in the middle of the field. He makes great run fits, gets into passing lanes and is a sure tackler.

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Rossonero's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:00 am

He's definitely getting better and is looking like a real gem of an undrafted FA. I realize his PFF grades aren't much better than Kirksey's, but Barnes has had far fewer snaps and also has far less experience than Kirksey. Great pick up by Gutekunst and the front office!

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:46 am

PFF , what's that smell.

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December 29, 2020 at 02:20 am

Barnes spent most of 2020 playing the "Will" position when Kirksey was healthy. Now he is playing the "Mike" position. When Kirksey was out Summers played Mike for a couple of games making Barnes the Will. Barnes did get some time at Mike prior to the last few games, so my point has a caveat.

It also could be that as an UDFA he simply needed time to get better. Barnes' coverage stats were brutal, worse than Kirksey's so I think the PFF grade was not erroneous.

Gary went from 56.8 or so to a 62.4 based on the Titans game. He's trending up.

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Chris Yobe's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:13 am

" if the Packers do wind up losing both Aaron Rodgers and Jamaal Williams" I know you meant Aaron Jones, but it still hurt to see it in writing!

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KenLass's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:25 am

This is what happens when you are typing at 2am!

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December 28, 2020 at 06:34 am

With all the heat that Mike Pettine has rightfully taken, I think it bears emphasizing that Kirksey was right on the button when he said that Pettine's game plan and play calling set the tone. Pettine did a fantastic job of staying one step ahead of Tennessee's offensive play callers. Credit to the players for making the plays. Credit to Pettine for putting them in the right place to do so all night long.

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December 28, 2020 at 08:08 am

Absolutely. What we all feared most after getting gashed vs. the 49ers twice last season and against other teams was put to rest in this game. Kudos to Pettine for a great gameplan and to the players for executing it. There shouldn't be any whispers about firing Pettine after the season is over, barring some sort of epic collapse in a playoff game, which I doubt. The defense is rounding into a form and just did it against a playoff caliber opponent.

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Harold Drake's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:50 am

I was under the impression that only Aaron Nagler believes that Aaron Rodgers (not Aaron Jones) will be leaving the Packers after the (2021) season. LOL The way AR12 is playing this season it is difficult to imagine that the Pack will want to force him off the team for the sake of handing over the team to Jordan Love (this year's absurd No. 1 draft pick which deprived the Packers of a top flight WR or ILB). This situation is NOT comparable to Favre v. Rodgers which was the result of Favre's decision to retire and then un-retire. Further, Favre enjoyed his best statistical season at age 40 playing for the Vikes in 2009 (beating the Packers and Rodgers twice) on the way to coming within one play of reaching the Super Bowl). Do the Packers really want to risk letting Rodgers go when he is playing at an elite level and still enjoys playing for Green Bay? I invite CHTV fans to comment.

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Houndog's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:47 am

Harold,
I didn't read anything into what I believe was just a typo, and I (like hopefully many others in the room) do not believe Rodgers is going anywhere. If last night was not a testament to his skills and commitment, I can't imagine what more anyone needs.
As for Favre, yes, he had his 'best' season at 40 y/o, and came close to another SB, but let's not forget that that 'one play from reaching the SB' was another crazy interception, a Favre trademark and something Rodgers has been able to mostly avoid throughout his career. But that's fish-wrap, old news.
What I am more concerned with is Gutekunst playing the Ted Thompson role in NOT surrounding Rodgers with the 'Win Now' pieces to win more SBs. Granted, we're on the verge of two 13-3 consecutive seasons, which is nothing to sneeze at. But with a 'move-up-first-round' draft pick spending the entire season in street clothes and all the pending FA's, we'll soon see if GB's commitment to winning gets near the commitment of one Aaron Rodgers.

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TheVOR's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:31 am

It's Aaron Nagler dude, the same guy who stunk up the place with the Infamous "I hope they Kneel" BS thing?

He's off base all the time, not just once in the while. This is what happens when Media Power and BS opinions clash into a bad piece. Sorry, I'm still not over that one. Him saying Rodgers was on his way out? Take it for what it is. He has access, and he still makes those judgements.

I get it when you or I, or fans who don't have access to the franchise players and head office make proclamations, but the media?

You know what I hope, "I hope they" win! Leave the chemistry of the locker room to the players. We need more media BS spin and wrong minded media opinion like another hole in the head.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:12 am

Vor, I love watching the Honeymooners during the holidays. "blabbermouth , you are a blabbermouth!" Hahahahaha

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:51 am

"the same guy who stunk up the place with the Infamous "I hope they Kneel" BS thing?...Sorry, I'm still not over that one."

Yeah, you are also still not over the elimination of separate drinking fountains, African-Americans having to ride in the back of the bus, and segregated schools.

Once a racist, always a racist.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:23 pm

Drifter, why can't we criticize in a less biting manner like Rebecca?

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Demon's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:27 pm

Because he created that profile so he could act like the [email protected] that he truly is and not get all the downvotes or get booted with his main profile.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:56 pm

Hey D, if you want to count yourself among those pining for the days of separate drinking fountains, African-Americans riding in the back of the bus, and segregated schools that's your problem, not mine.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:57 pm

Because Pete, vile racists should be denounced in the strongest manner possible.

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fastmoving's picture

December 29, 2020 at 05:28 am

PeteK.....your really nailed it. But I cant hold back to such a bullshit either. So sorry. But you are right anyway......but I cant help.

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Rebecca's picture

December 28, 2020 at 04:14 pm

Go away, your opinions bring no joy.

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fastmoving's picture

December 29, 2020 at 05:25 am

All real Americans hope are for kneeling. Besides the dumb, orange and weak. But what do I tell a guy who only has conspiricy as aducation. Only hate and they dont understand the simplest things.
Man, its that cool that he goes to jail with all his criminals. But all of the dumb rednecks who repeat his BS (dumber than hell) should go with him. No place for looosers like that in America. We have to rebuild a country for our childreen.
I find Arnold Schwarzenegger put it right when it comes to weak wig coward. Really a shame it comes so far.
Lombardi, AR12, MLF, Stafford.......are nailed it. Just have a Colin K. icecream, VOR. They are great but sold out all the time.
But you are right on the extreme Fox media......they are extremly dangerous for the weak and dumb who think 2 percent of that made up shit could be true. Haaaaaa. Our education system, like you can see, its extremly bad. And so the orange could find his low life.....

The funny thing is that the guys who got brainwashed buy Fox and even worse stuff, talk about media all the time. Just another freaking BS without any sense. But what do this guys care about sense, brain and logic? They paid billions to let our country get ruined by a godless moron and cheer him for that. Strange times

And AR was just right to call this kind of orange guys out. What is disrespectfull? Facing the flag and protest peacefull or acting like a moron and screaming bullshit and hate?? What a lowlife came up in the last 4 years is unbelievable.....weak, dumb and fanatic. They only got hate and no education. Thats it.......

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dobber's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:58 am

Unless #12 rides off into the sunset (i.e. retires) while still playing at a high level, it's a constant calculation the Packers are going to need to make: when does QB1's on-field ability no longer outweigh the financial obligation and trade value relative to future planning and cap health? ARod is a valuable--and slowly expiring--commodity, either playing for the Packers or giving them cap relief and trade value. They won't "let him go". That implies they get nothing...they'll reap draft capital and cap room in return AND they'll be able to control who he plays for (likely in the AFC).

ARod is a great player, but my allegiance is to the Packers. When that time comes, I'll remember all that he did for the team, but I won't look back.

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December 28, 2020 at 02:21 pm

Well said dobber. That's how any allegiance should be.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:13 am

Yeah, we're really missing that ILB and WR. It's the end of 2020 season, we just crushed a very good team and some are worrying about who will be QB in 2022 when we have two QBs signed. The Jets are looking for some fans. LOL

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holmesmd's picture

December 28, 2020 at 02:18 pm

Agreed

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murf7777's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:09 am

Many of us expected Dillon’s success because in limited amounts, he has already shown his abilities. As much as I love Jones it will be the Dillon show next year. Jones = too expensive. We will have to keep Jaire and others in the near future.

Game balls - Defense, oh my, they looked like a championship team.
Lame calls - we don’t get to hear from Taryn, who once again predicted this team with 9 wins and only comes out when the Packers lose, when she can attempt to prove here point while stating,”I told you so”.

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lawatrain's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:39 am

I have always enjoyed Taryn’s points of view, and looking forward to her response. I’m sure she’s measuring her response now. She is after all entitled to her opinion(s).

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murf7777's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:11 am

There are times I like her writing, but normally it is too much criticism and that gets old, especially when you are a winning team and obviously doing things much more right then wrong.

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gkarl's picture

December 28, 2020 at 09:12 am

I enjoy Taryn's opinions as well, but she does beat the drum a little to long and loud sometimes. She has been relatively quite so far, maybe she been busy baking up some humble pie for dinner. :)

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:20 am

Remember, Murf in todays football most teams need two RBs. I think one of the reasons for our success last night was our inside /outside running ability which is very difficult to defend. Taryn must be laughing her head off right now because she knows that she got into our heads.

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murf7777's picture

December 28, 2020 at 04:13 pm

Pete, I don't disagree that most teams need two if not multiple RB's. That said, Jones is just too expensive, we will either sign Williams and/or any number of other capable RB's who will be available.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:41 pm

Any free agent EX: Drake will not come cheap, perhaps a gamble on a rookie would not be a bad idea now that we have the main back. I would love to get a back with Etienne's ( Clemson) speed on this team, but don't know if he'll be available in the second round or Carter from UNC . I have to stop myself because it's too early for that.

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Rebecca's picture

December 28, 2020 at 04:18 pm

That’s a bit of a troll move goading a fellow fan with you r”lame” call out to Taryn. ‘This the season... No joy from you.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:31 pm

I don't think anyone was trolling, if anything it was a compliment that we all thought of her. It's a fact that she tends to look more negatively of Packer play.

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Archie's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:17 am

It's easy to get over-hyped about last night's performance. Clearly, the Titans have one of the weakest defenses in the NFL so we should hang 40 on them, because most everyone does. Second, the footing was obviously not conducive to Henry. Tannenhill, a kid who played at TEX A&M, Miami & TN, clearly did not like the conditions either. Could have been snow or cold or both. So I will not take as much from this game as most of you but if they show out as dominant against the Bears, then I will bow and say SB here we come.

I liked that Pettine finally played an agressive game plan and I liked that AJ Dillon delivered the mail. Good to see Linsley back and of course, AR to Tae is as good as it gets. Where were MVS and Tonyan last night? Not enough footballs?

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murf7777's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:28 am

“Second, the footing was obviously not conducive to Henry. “. Hmmmm....didn’t seem to affect Dillon and Jones. How about giving our D some credo’s!

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Coldworld's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:34 am

Been very much a critic of Pettine, but that’s just rubbish. Dillon showed that the footing was fine. The reason Henry was contained was the fact that we played to impact him before he got past the line. Something that took us over a year to try, but last night we did it made all the difference there and allowed our backfield to play to their strengths as well.

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December 28, 2020 at 10:53 am

Two ILBs behind a big front. The LBs hit the gaps and wrapped up, Kenny Clark was on fire.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:10 am

I've been a critic as well, but he is starting to show better results and this last game was a hugh confidence builder for me in Pettine. Last 4 games the team D is holding opponents to 17.5 PPG and Top ten in YPG for the year. I might just be buying in and eating my crow. That's alright, I hope I'm wrong and he proves to be a top D coordinator. We will find out a year end if it is MLF's guy and if it's good with MLF I'm all in because that is how much confidence I have in MFL as a head coach.

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December 28, 2020 at 01:21 pm

I came close to going off on a major rant here about the Pettine critics. But what's the use. The Packer's defense record speaks for its self this season. In this league, the pass pro rules and PI rules put a defense at a major disadvantage. Pettine's answer (just like Dom Capers before him) was to get tweeners in both LB and the SS position to control the passing lanes in the LOS. Injuries wreak the Capers defensive scheme for most of his tenure. (Even though his record during his and Mike McCarthy run was quite impressive. I still stay his work during the 2016 run was the best coaching job done by him and his staff as a coordinator) Pettine, on the other hand, had to work with the lack of beef upfront in the defensive line. That was a decision made before the season by the Packers GM. It has been only in the past two-three months that Gute has acted to solve this issue. Why? Well I believe it's strictly a Cap issue that forced Gute to wait to fix a clear roster problem. In return that restricted what moves Pettine could make out on the football field. Yesterday, we same the full Pettine vision on the field for the first time this year. Fast athletic gambling defense at all levels. They took a first class offense and stomped it to the ground. Fire this guy? Right... (Only one guy can fire Mike Pettine, and that is the guy who hired him. Gute. What are the odds of that...)

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Stroh's picture

December 29, 2020 at 12:00 am

Good comment, except one thing. The guy who can fire Pettine is LaFleur. He has complete autonomy when it comes to coaches. Gutey can't fire Pettine only LaFleur. Gutey has the personnel dept under his control. The coaches are under LaFleur. Murphy could fire pretty much anyone but he won't meddle with decisions that fall on the HC of GM. It's the ckear division of responsibility between the GM and HC.

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December 29, 2020 at 02:30 am

I don't know this to be true. It is not apparent to me that LaFleur can fire Pettine.

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MikeDV34's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:49 am

Dude, stop with the "impartial' fan BS. The Packers played a complete a game and easily defeated a very good Titans team. The conditions were the same for both teams, and it was the Packers that ran the ball much more effectively. Ugh. Fans like you are just the goddamn worst.

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Houndog's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:51 am

Jeez Archie,
In the game I was watching the Packers were playing in the exact same conditions as the Titans. Same poor footing, same snow, same everything, except for performance.
The offense was unbelievable, and the "D" might have played it's best game since Pettine got here. Gotta' give credit where credit is due.

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dobber's picture

December 28, 2020 at 09:44 am

The difference was that the Packers trusted their footing and the Titans definitely did not...especially in the early going. Re-watch the second Adams TD when he's crossing the endzone and makes his cutback. The defender looked like he was on roller skates. TN played that way for a big chunk of the game. Lambeau has a reputation for being a slick surface. Game ball to the Packer managers and trainers who made sure the Packers had the right spikes for that game.

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December 28, 2020 at 03:52 pm

Dobs, I saw that play and it was more a case of Adams improvising when the play broke down and catching the 2 defenders looking back to the QB. Collinsworth highlighted it. Sure footing has an issue but there is nothing that happened with this offense yesterday that hasn't happened many times before. Bad weather will most often favor the one who knows where they are going. Works both ways. The Titans just weren't good enough.

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December 28, 2020 at 07:00 pm

Titan didn't double Adams. Packers Defense was outstanding. Pettine used big D front. Pettine changed things up and did some Blitzing. Good game plan and good execution.

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Stroh's picture

December 29, 2020 at 12:05 am

Most of the gsme the Titans were playing man coverage, but on the play in question they clearly were double covering Adams with bracket coverage and double teaming him.

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December 29, 2020 at 12:16 am

The just of the talk was traction, etc. Adams is a bad ass. If you don't double team him, bad things happen. Titans made that mistake all game long. Rodgers barely threw to anyone not #17.

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December 28, 2020 at 08:35 am

Sorry Archie............you get a , you suck.

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December 28, 2020 at 10:12 am

"Where were MVS and Tonyan last night? Not enough footballs?"

When you've got a star player the other team doesn't have an answer for, there's no shame in feeding him the ball. When the time comes, though, ARod needs to find those other guys.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:20 am

I'll watch the "all-22" when it comes out. I see MVS as an average player with great speed. If he develops consistency and better route running he will become a great asset, but right now he is a role player that will see opportunities when Rodgers sees fit.

I don't think it's wise to question Arod's decision making as he is showing to be the MVP this year and leading perhaps the best O in the NFL right now. KC and the Packers are running the best schemes in the business. What's most impressive is Arod is doing it with less talent.

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December 28, 2020 at 12:42 pm

You hit the nail on in the head in that KC has incredible speed and talent supporting Mahomes.

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murf7777's picture

December 28, 2020 at 04:17 pm

Yes, and two weeks ago I threw 5 big ones that Rodgers will win the MVP. There was great odds as well. I'm feeling pretty good right now!

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PhantomII's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:11 pm

Congrats on winning 5 bucks.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

December 29, 2020 at 02:35 am

I know AR won the league MVP but he would have been so much better if he had done what I wanted him to instead of what he thought he should do!

That's going to be a hard sell even if AR doesn't win MVP. [Love Phantom's comment below and congrats on the five dollars.]

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December 28, 2020 at 07:33 am

Good !

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Dragon5's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:52 am

I cast a vote of confidence for our equipment manager. Watching NFL games for 35 years, I don't recall a WR dominating in the snow like Adams did yesterday. Those cleat peg depths were Goldilocks great as the rest of the team's footwork also seemed to function unabated.

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December 28, 2020 at 09:44 am

I didn't scroll down this far before commenting, but I definitely agree.

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December 28, 2020 at 08:05 am

I would add game ball honorable mention to St Briwn for first NFL TD. Granted this was overshadowed by more noteworthy performances. If there is a lame call, it’s the officiating. Had the calls been properly made, the complexion of the game would be different. (I am NOT complaining because ALL the calls went Green Bay’s way- but we have seen officials screw us enough in the past to notice they truly messed up and it hurt the Titans big time)

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Coldworld's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:39 am

I think that is overstating the impact. Their O was really stymied all night. It may have made a score difference. Moreover, the Kick block call was right. The rest of the game suggests that we would have scored had Jones’ run been pulled back anyway.

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December 28, 2020 at 09:49 am

Certainly, the kick block call was a key play in the game. It's hard to assume that the Packers go on to score if Jones's run was called back, but TN had every opportunity to challenge (and they probably should have) and they have guys in the booth who are supposed to be watching for those kinds of things. It wasn't an obvious miss, and calls like that are missed just about every game.

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flackcatcher's picture

December 28, 2020 at 12:12 pm

TV does not show how hard it was to see the field for the game. It really wasn't till the snow had stopped in the second quarter, that the Packers field crew was able to create yard lanes on the field. The contrast between TV and live was quite striking.

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Guam's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:55 am

Agreed that the officiating was bad, but the Packers were dominant enough they would have won even without the calls. Still was nice to have some of the bad calls go our way for a change. I still have nightmares about Fail Mary.

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December 28, 2020 at 09:50 am

If you were watching social media, the NFC North Packer haters were all over those plays as "proof" that the Packers always get the calls...

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December 29, 2020 at 07:14 pm

Hey, They have been getting the calls lately IMO. I've been watching them for decades and when they sucked they never got calls. I'm not sure if there is any data to back this but it sure does seem that winning teams get the calls. This stuff evens out plus you have reviews now days that will help eliminate many of them. Then you have the ones that are not reviewable or the coach misses the review opportunity. If haven't made it until you get haters... You know the Packers are doing something right...

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:28 am

OO7 , you need to go undercover again. The score was 40-14. The Titans equipment manager is wondering why there are so many cleat marks on the front of so many jerseys.

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holmesmd's picture

December 28, 2020 at 02:33 pm

December 27th is exactly when you want it! Peak just before the playoffs. Packers looked strong from top to bottom. Now let’s close it out and get to the big dance!

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Rossonero's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:32 am

Terrific team win all the way around. Offensively and defensively, it was our most complete game to date. I wish we didn't have to wait until December 27th for it, but I'll take it. Special teams was better too -- finally no long runs. I was disappointed that the FG was blocked. The Titans were not offside and the Packers caught a huge break there. They've got to clean that up.

Otherwise, the Packers should be feeling really good about this win heading into Chicago next week. We control our own destiny!

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Coldworld's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:44 am

Special teams was poor, a close call and a tackle by KK Scott from giving up a TD on our field goal attempt! Perhaps the most embarrassing ST screw up imaginable.

In addition, our coverage was sketchy all night in returns. That could be a big issue against the Bears and if we do see the playoffs go through Lambeau. Kickoffs are likely not to fly through the end zone safely regularly. Special Teams should not get a pass because of the play on offense and D. That would not be good coaching.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:33 am

Kickoffs were short( around the ten) because of the weather which made it seem as if coverage was poor, but I thought they were out there hitting hard.

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December 28, 2020 at 05:43 pm

J.K. was jacked up after that tackle, too! Just for an instant, the kid was inhabited by the spirit of Chuck Cecil and he was feeling it.

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hawk's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:32 am

I am happily eating a healthy portion of crow this morning. Based on what the D has done this year to date I thought Henry would run all over the Pack, Titans would control the clock, and keep Rodgers off the field. The first complete game all year, very impressed with the D and the way they handled Henry although it did appear that the Titans weren't all that excited about playing in cold & snow. Dillon was a beast, has good vision and hit the holes well. I expect Aaron Jones to price himself out of Green Bay but if Williams can be signed and the performance by Dillon wasn't fluke I am in favor of using the "Jones" money elsewhere.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:37 am

Williams, while a very good all around back, would not be a good compliment to Dillon.

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PatrickGB's picture

December 28, 2020 at 03:01 pm

Move over on the table and I will join you at the Crow buffet. Yummy!

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December 28, 2020 at 08:36 am

I'm going to give Mike Pettine a Game Ball. He just saved his job. Next: Nathaniel Hackett.= The offense answered. Next: Ben Sirmans RB Coach = Dillion. Next: Adam Stenavich,OL Luke ButKus AOL. This OL was a stonewall. So Versatile. I believe this game just saved BGs job. We Finally got to see BGs picks step up Big Time. THE Wake up call. The Defense needed to stop the opening drive in the second Half. It didn't. That might have been a good thing. "Don't give up" Stay Hot.

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Coldworld's picture

December 28, 2020 at 08:49 am

This game didn’t save Gute’s job, just underlined how off point some of the draft griping has been. Specifically, why LaFleur wanted a Henry type and why they thought Dillon was too good to pass on. If Deguara proves half as acute that Draft may be historically good.

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stockholder's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:03 am

After Claypool was picked. He had No choice. His other pick at RB was a failure.

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dobber's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:14 am

Blah, blah, blah. His other RB pick was a 6th round flier. None of us has any idea what his plans were, if he had any real interest in Claypool, or what other players he was considering in round 2 or in other places. If you're going to continue to be sour just because GMs don't pick the guys you like, you're going to have a very unhappy existence.

" I believe this game just saved BGs job."

What planet are you living on? 13-3...12-3 or 11-4...he would've had a new contract before March, either way.

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stockholder's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:24 am

I'm not going to live in a bubble. He came right out and said he was looking at LBS and WRS. The failure was Shepard. Why wouldn't he look for a slot WR? Sour has nothing to do with this. Arron Rodgers Does. Go look at the snap counts.

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dobber's picture

December 28, 2020 at 11:12 am

Blah, blah, blah. Gute said LB and WR long before the draft. What GM ever tells you exactly what he's looking for before the draft? Virtually none who end up getting players they covet and end up keeping their jobs...and true to form, he didn't pick those positions, did he? He played anyone who was listening, and I'll all but guarantee that the 31 other GMs recognized it for what it was.

I also thought this offense really needed a true slot...hasn't turned out to be the case and I'll admit to being pretty wrong. If you're saying "the failure was Shepard", you've had to parse this out a long ways to find something to bitch about.

I recognize that you really enjoy the draft and scouting college players. I know you have very strong opinions on those players...but let it go.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 12:03 pm

GMs are also valued for their ability to find solid starters in later rounds that fit their systems even when picking low, EX: Barnes, Martin, Runyon.

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December 28, 2020 at 02:54 pm

BLah, Blah, Blah, He signed Kirksey, a Rt and Funchess. He played anyone who was listening, REALLY? I get you like to flip opinions. But- Thats money spent and FAS lost. I get your into the ANYONE CAN BE REPLACED. But Love over Rodgers? BG would have been Fired if it wasn't for him. And finally; Pettine changes his Front to make of for the problems, BG ignored. Has BG out smarted everyone? I don't think so. Thank God for #12. Because my Bitch is: BG has made everyones job that much Harder!

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dobber's picture

December 28, 2020 at 03:19 pm

Here: I got you a rake so you can drag random crap more effectively into your rant.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 06:13 pm

Come on Stock, look around the league drafting is an imperfect science. Redskins just let Haskins go. When you're a winning team finding a QB is very difficult. So drafting a 21 year old, athletic QB earlier than later is a gamble worth taking.

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December 28, 2020 at 06:54 pm

The draft can be. There were a lot of great QBs that were not taken in rd. 1. I don't agree with the gamble, when the defense still had holes. #2. Pettine switched to a 5 man front. Does any body remember me saying that had to happen? (The negativity I got.) I did praise BG for his Alexander pick. But not the Gary pick. Why? Because we lost the guys that knew how to play a 3 man front. And the talk still continues with Snacks.

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PeteK's picture

December 29, 2020 at 10:11 am

I wanted Snacks, but something is not right there because he just got released by Niners.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:01 am

Deguara is the real deal. A perfect fit for a flexible offense. He was outstanding for the Bearcats.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:08 am

Deguara has done virtually nothing at the NFL level. We'll have to wait until next year to find out how real he actually is.

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 12:01 pm

He seems to be that TE/H back type that this offense likes.

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December 28, 2020 at 05:19 pm

He showed well in the little time he had on the field. He is a Chris Cooley type of player.

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PhantomII's picture

December 28, 2020 at 07:27 pm

I noticed he started as a ROOK and looked damn good at it until he got hurt. He actually peaked my interest that Gute really got something there. If he is healthy and stays it he's going to be a difference maker in this offense.

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PeteK's picture

December 29, 2020 at 10:16 am

Blocking is underrated , but a necessity for winning. Waller and Engram for all their offense make embarrassing attempts at blocking.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:37 am

JJ, I felt the someway about Dillon and he has proved to be that type of player. I agree with your opinion about Deguara. With limited NFL exposure and watching his college film he has shown great potential in that HB position. Now it's up to him to put the effort in.

Normally a player that is very good is easy to see right out of the gate. Doesn't mean they will become all-pro, but definitely a valuable piece moving forward. I felt that way about D. Adams very early on regardless of what some felt in his 2nd year. When folks were down on him in year 2, I supported him and could see he was by far our most athletically gifted receiver, who just needed time to develop without being injured.

IMO, The most difficult part and how scouts and GM's make the most mistakes in drafting, isn't identifying the athletically gifted player, but moreso their heart and soul or in different terms, their work ethic and desire to be great.

R. Gary is an excellent example of the above. Everybody knew he was one the most gifted athletes in the draft, but didn't have stats in College that blew you away. What Gutey got right is the man's intention to be a great player (heart and soul) and put the effort into doing so. That is being shown on the field and the offseason work out regimen and I believe Gutey found a good one in him. There's no substitute for hard work! Jerry Rice proved that time and time again.

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December 28, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Yes, and the Niners made an art form of picking low with players with those attributes who fit their system. The NFL is filled with players who are picked late and so have something to prove. Patience.

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December 28, 2020 at 08:52 am

Certainly went a long ways in helping Pettine keep his job. D is now rated 7th! Regarding BG, it looks like he has had one bad draft in 2018 and looks to be two good ones in 2019 and 2020. Also, he showed an excellent job in bringing in 4 very good FA's in 2019. Maybe too many in one year with the money spent and time will tell. But, he has shown to be his own man, with some of Wolf and TT sprinkled in, which is a good thing. Let's keep in mind, that he was part of the decision in bringing in MLF as well.

For all the nay sayers regarding Murphy, I think he will go down as one hell of an NFL Executive when all is said and done. Running an NFL team is no easy feat as 25 or so teams can attest to.

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dobber's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:03 am

I wouldn't give up on 2018, yet. Alexander, of course, is turning out to be a blue chip. Don't be surprised if Jackson is starting (for good or for ill) on the outside next year after King walks. MVS has certainly progressed--he's not great, but he's credible--and ESB's development was put behind by a season ending injury last year. I expect they'll be leaned on more as time goes by. It won't go down as a strong draft, but it won't be a black hole like 2015.

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December 28, 2020 at 10:24 am

I hope not....Looks like Gutey is hitting on his early draft picks so far, which in itself is very encouraging.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:07 am

Jackson will not be starting on the perimeter. They will bring in a high pick and another FA corner next off-season. Hollman is ahead of him on the chart.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:15 am

I think you're probably right...but they'll have to win the job. When King got hurt, Jackson was first in line...part of that time, Hollman was hurt, but he was available for some of that, too. They'll give him a chance, yet.

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December 28, 2020 at 04:25 pm

An excellent CB like Alexander at one of the most important team positions can erase a few stinkers in a draft. Also,Greene, Lancaster, Boyle were undrafted signees from that year. I don't have the same confidence in Jackson as you because during King's absence he was being buttered up.

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December 28, 2020 at 05:28 pm

Savage was shading Jackson's guy for the DBL. and was not free to roam and do his thing. Now the secondary is starting to get the swagger back and feel comfortable playing behind a seven front that can control the run.

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flackcatcher's picture

December 28, 2020 at 12:29 pm

His tenure in 2016-2018 is a strain which will never go away for him. Which is a real shame, because for the most part his stewardship of the Packers has been outstanding.

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Jared's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:30 pm

“Running an NFL team is no easy feat as 25 or so teams can attest to.” We need to go no farther than the 3 other teams in our division to see the truth in that statement!!

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December 29, 2020 at 12:20 am

"I believe this game just saved BGs job."

Your must be out of your damn mind! Gutey's job is very far from being in jeopardy. His seat isn't even warm! Just proving once again you haven't got a damn clue!

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December 28, 2020 at 08:37 am

Ken’s articles are some of my favorite.
I had high hopes we would give the Titans some of their own medicine with Dillion doing an imitation of Henry; wow, what a performance it was!
I am however very nervous about our special teams. It seems as though it generally takes all three phases to win a championship and last night did nothing to dismiss my current misgivings. I hope I’m simply being overly concerned.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:09 am

The concern is valid. A sp teams error could cost this team a SB run.

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December 28, 2020 at 08:51 am

Game Ball to Pettine for finally using three DL just about every time Henry was in the game and committing to stopping the run. The Packers can stop the run, but it takes more than two defensive linemen to slow down an NFL rushing attack. It would have been nice to see this strategy used against Dalvin Cook.

Not a Lame Ball, but a minor complaint about MLF. It was third and goal on the 1 yard line and MLF sends out our 205 pound running back (jones) and leaves our 247 pound running back and our fullback on the bench. And then hands the ball off to said 205 pound back who gets stuffed. Seriously????

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December 28, 2020 at 08:54 am

I have to respectfully disagree with bringing in Jones. He has shown to be a TD machine and get's skinny around the Goal line. I haven't went back and reviewed the play, but If memory serves me right someone missed a block and most if not all would've been stopped on that play.

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Guam's picture

December 28, 2020 at 09:20 am

Our TE got driven back by their LB, but a lead blocking fullback could have cleaned that up and allowed the RB to score. Going without a lead blocker on the goal line is nuts and I still believe a bigger back has a better chance to score.

Jones used to "get skinny" last year, but has been ineffective in short yardage situations all year this year. Why keep repeating what has been failing all year?

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December 28, 2020 at 11:12 am

Dafney and Dillon out of the I, will get the job done.

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December 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm

He is a TD machine, but when you have to drive a stake in the frozen ground, I'll leave my bald peen in the tool box and take out my sledge hammer. LOL

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December 28, 2020 at 04:22 pm

Ok ok, you don't have to hit me with the sledgehammer I'll retract....Bring in the big boy!

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December 28, 2020 at 09:26 am

I'm with ya on that one (using Jones)...I was getting very annoyed..."put in the big boy" especially if your going to try a couple of one yard runs at the goal line...

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dobber's picture

December 28, 2020 at 10:30 am

I'll be curious to see how many snaps Brian Price logged last night. He seemed to be on the field frequently, and especially on early downs. Also curious that Anthony Rush, who has been with the team for several weeks, was inactive while Price was plugged right into the lineup this week after the Packers picked him up.

"Not a Lame Ball, but a minor complaint about MLF...."

Same thing happened on the 31 on Dillon's long TD run. Remember it was 3rd and 1 and Jones got stuffed. They put Dillon in and he broke it on 4th down for the TD. Not saying that Dillon would've broken the 3rd down for a TD, but I like his chances of getting that yard much better...especially since the Packers seem to telegraph that short-yardage run. Hopefully putting that on film will allow them to play action or bootleg off it later.

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December 28, 2020 at 11:15 am

Dillon gets low and his leg power is amazing. He just pulled D linemen along for the ride on inside zone and has the quick feet to turn it on when he sets up the defenders moving outside the tackles.

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December 28, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Good point, I had forgotten about the 3rd and 1 on the 31 yard line. Same play, same result. MLF needs to figure this out before the playoffs start. Every play is magnified in the playoffs and the Packers can't keep missing 3rd/4th and short.

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December 28, 2020 at 09:00 am

Game Ball to the Defense which for the most part stayed with the game plan of keeping Henry from the edges where he makes his yards. The edge linebackers played great assignment football, turning things back inside. Kudos to the Defensive backs who repeatedly stuck their noses in and attacked Henry at the legs to bring him down. But for the brief retreat to the zone that gave up chunk yardage and points, this game plan was perfect. If the Tenn. defense was the weak point, the Packers offensive line play did not care, putting on a solid performance blocking on all levels. For those that missed seeing some receivers in the passing game look for them in the run game. Many solid downfield blocks.
Lame call must go to the Special teams once again. While I do believe the field conditions had a lot to do with the short kickoffs and the initial extra point, there is the blocked field goal attempt. Though negated by penalty it still occurred. The player cited for being offside was not the one blocking the kick.

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Swisch's picture

December 28, 2020 at 09:17 am

I called it in the Gameday Preview: Packers contain Henry, while Dillon shows some prowess as a power runner.
It wasn't something I said in the hazy past, but just shortly before the game.
Yet in the Gut Reactions there was only one person who gave me a thumbs up. Disappointing.
I've been highly critical of the Packers defense, and yet predicted that defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would rally the troops with creative strategy and meaningful motivation.
I also said that Dillon would have at least one Derrick-Henry moment of pounding tacklers, and gain at least 50 yards.
I wonder if many fans here don't like to give credit where credit is due.
My comment at Gameday Preview is there for all to see. I got a thing or two wrong, but a couple of big ones right, plus predicted the Packers victory.
Is CheeseheadTV a place where fans pummel a person when perceived to be wrong, but are too petty to appreciate when a person is right?

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PeteK's picture

December 28, 2020 at 12:35 pm

I give you credit, I was very worried about this game. Now change your name to Crack of the Bat.

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December 28, 2020 at 01:09 pm

Thanks, Pete, I think.
I don't know what you mean by Crack of the Bat,
What I'm going for here at CheeseheadTV among fans is more sportsmanship and camaraderie -- which would include welcoming other points of view that are expressed sincerely, and being ready to give credit as well as criticism.
I don't know whether sportsmanship and camaraderie are in favor these days in America. Maybe a lot of people consider those kinds of ideals outdated and undesirable.
P.S. I have rarely, if ever, put up a post like this in which I basically said, "I called it."
It's just that if I was in a pub with a bunch of regulars who I considered as good companions, maybe even friends, I would try to give them props once in a while, to balance out the times when I razzed them for being wrong.
To me, that's sportsmanship and camaraderie, wanting to basically boost each other up rather than pulling down. Even ribbing can be good-natured, and mixed in with an occasional round of kudos.

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December 28, 2020 at 04:48 pm

I was agreeing with you and making a reference to swish as the sound the bat makes when missing as opposed to hitting a dinger . I know my attempts at comedy are lame, but I can't help myself. LOL Your comment made me think of all the positive attention Rogers gets after the games from opposing teams. That's sportsmanship and camaraderie.

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Swisch's picture

December 29, 2020 at 10:46 am

Thanks for clearing things up, Pete.
I'll try not to take myself too seriously; and I hope you don't give up on the comedy.

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December 28, 2020 at 06:00 pm

Swisch, buddy, get over yourself. This is the internet, FFS. Rule 1 is don't take anything personally. At the end of the day, pretend praise or pretend scorn will get you the exact same thing; jack squat. If it makes you feel any better, here, I present you with the 2020 Dash Riprock Clairvoyant Award for your ability to see the future.

My hope is you will use your paranormal powers only for good. Sadly, the gift Dash was blessed with led to his demise. He tried to profit from the gift. No challenge as a seer was too much for him, or so he thought. It started with headaches, then clear liquid leaking from his ears, and finally a full-blown hemorrhage that rendered him a deaf, blind and incontinent. Choose wisely, Swisch, and be careful what you wish for.

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December 28, 2020 at 06:19 pm

Dash sure liked to argue, it was funny at times, but became too contentious .

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December 29, 2020 at 10:38 am

Maybe I was a little bit overly sentimental, with a little crankiness, as well.
Maybe it was still a good thing to make a plea for more positivity in the spirit of camaraderie.
Maybe it was also a good reminder to start with myself with regard to being more positive and less negative.
I agree that one can't get too concerned about "likes" and "dislikes" on the internet, or in life in general. Maybe I got somewhat carried away.

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Since'61's picture

December 28, 2020 at 09:41 am

Game Balls: MLF play calling, A. Rodgers, Adams, Dillon, OL, Pettine game plan, the Smiths, Gary, Alexander, Savage and Kirksey

Lame Calls: Tannerhill’s TD run and blocked FG which was fortunately nullified due to a penalty.

Excellent preparation, execution and sense of urgency by the entire Packers team for all 60 minutes. If we can beat the Bears and keep this up through the playoffs we will go deep this year. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ‘61

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December 29, 2020 at 08:35 am

Overall, the Packers have become a fun team to watch. MLF has been super creative and it is easy to watch the defenses over-pursue when there is so much pre and post snap activity. Guys are moving in different directions and the defenses are having to be reactive and not proactive. Lots of game balls to give out and MLF gets a season ball for turning our offense into a well oiled machine!!

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