Packers 42 Lions 21: Game Balls and Lame Calls

This time defense closes the game out as Pack romps past overmatched Lions.

If there were ever any doubt as to how valuable Packer fans who pack Lambeau Field are to the team, it became painfully obvious Sunday. With Lambeau empty and no energy coming from the stands, the Packers came out flat as a pancake against the Lions. As a result Detroit dominated the first quarter on their way to a 14 to 3 lead.

But eventually superior talent will rise to the top. The defense tightened up, allowing just seven more points the rest of the way, and the Big Green Machine offense cranked into high gear, led by a career day from Aaron Jones. The Lions. missing six starters, simply couldn't keep pace and Green Bay rolled to a 42 to 21 victory and an impressive 2-0 start. With the understanding that you could give a game ball to Aaron Rodgers after every Packer victory, let's recognize some of the other key players.

 

GAME BALLS

Aaron Jones

You have to start here.   Jones had plenty of opportunities to model those shades he is endorsing.   He ran for a career high 168 yards, the biggest of which was a 75 yard TD sprint on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.   By the way, one of the reasons Jones wasn't drafted until the 5th round was because scouts doubted his breakaway speed.   Say what?   Did you see him pull away from the Lions secondary once in the open field?   Number 33 added 68 receiving yards including an outstanding catch along the boundary.   Put three more touchdowns on his scorecard.   We're talking all pro level play so far.   He's earning himself a boatload of money on his next contract.   I just hope the Packers are still writing his checks.

 

Rick Wagner, Corey Linsley and Elgton Jenkins

Any time a running back goes off the way Jones did Sunday there has to be some hosses upfront doing great work.    I was especially impressed with Wagner, who didn't allow any sacks and blocked well in the running game.   Linsley and Jenkins combined beautifully to open the big hole on Jones 75 yard TD.    I was going to include Lucas Patrick in this award until he stopped a drive with a holding penalty and then stopped another one by allowing a sack which knocked us out of field goal range.   Bakh had a drive halting holding penalty as well, but as a whole the Oline had another very good game.

 

Chandon Sullivan  

It wasn't just his pick six, which was an outstanding play, but Sullivan also defensed at least two passes and always seemed to be around the ball.   If the defense is truly going to get better, Chandon is one of the guys who has to take that step, and so far he's coming through.

 

Rashan Gary

Okay, I'm gettin' excited here.   Gary is beginning to look like that scary player the coaches envisioned when he was taken in the first round last year.   This was certainly not the best offensive line he will play against, but his quickness off the snap and strength through contact can be eye-popping at times.   The way he split a double team on one of his two sacks had to put an I-told-you-so smile on Brian Gutekunst's face.

 

J. K. Scott

Yeah I'm giving one to the punter.   He put two down inside the ten, and should have had one downed on the one but the coverage team couldn't find the ball before it rolled into the end zone.   Making the Lions work the long field was an under the radar contribution in this game.

 

Mike Pettine

Ding me for this one if you must, but Pettine got this defense to show some emotion and energy after the slow start.   He also found an effective strategy to keep the Lions offense stalled late in the game by using one defensive lineman (Keke) and filling in the rest with his array of impressive linebackers.

 

 

LAME CALLS

Preston Smith's Penalty

His decision to try to time the snap and getting tagged for a five yard penalty allowed the Lions to eschew a punt and attempt a possible momentum-changing field goal on the last play of the half.   Thankfully the kick was missed.

 

Matt LaFleur's Time Out

Rodgers pass to Robert Tonyan would have been a first and goal and possibly a score if Tonyan had broken the tackle, but LaFleur called time out an instant before the play.   Rodgers was visibly upset as cameras caught him uttering a nasty word while glaring at the sideline.

 

The Decision to Allow No Fans 

Several NFL teams, including the Chiefs, Browns, Broncos, Cowboys and Jaguars, have been able to let at least some quantity of fans into their games.   I get the Packers are erring on the side of safety, but it seems that allowing five to ten thousand folks into the stadium should be doable, and the difference in atmosphere at Lambeau would be palpable.

 

 

SHORT YARDAGE

• Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a solid honorable mention.   After taking two hard shots on throws along the boundary, he hung in there and came back to grab 3 for 64.   And even though he couldn't come down in bounds, that catch on the sideline was awesome!

• If you're wondering why Rodgers hasn't been throwing the ball to Jace Sternberger, you're probably not wondering any more.   Two more terrible drops on wide open plays.

• After featuring the jet sweep prominently last week against the Vikings, not a single jet sweep hand-off or shovel pass this week.   Keep 'em guessing MLF.

• A Josh Jackson sighting!   How about his perfect coverage on the long ball to Ty Johnson in the 4th quarter?

• Last year's good fortune with injuries is not carrying over.    Fingers crossed that injuries to Davante Adams, Corey Linsley and Tyler Ervin are not serious.

• Best nickname ever:   Will Redmond...they call him "Lego" because he fits in so many places.

 

 

THEY SAID IT

Aaron Rodgers:   "Obviously we have some playmakers on the team and number 33 is a special player, and give the offensive line a lot of credit, just the way they blocked upfront."

Rashan Gary:   "At the end of the day we go to war for each other.   We give each other energy.   Right now we're not focused on having fans.   We're focused on playing for one another."

Rick Wagner:   "It's definitely a weird situation to go against some of your friends from previous years.....felt good playing against them and have a lot of respect for that organization."

Chandon Sullivan:   (on his first Lambeau Leap) "It was an incredible feeling to get to do it in a game.   Although there were no fans, me and my teammates still made the best of it so it was a blessing."

Matt LaFleur:   "There's so much to improve on.   Most notably I'm upset with myself for some of those red zone calls." 

 

 

 

 

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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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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 21, 2020 at 06:58 am

"but it seems that"

Seams like it how? The numbers right now are staggering. I'm proud the Packers have put peoples safety over profit. They are not a small business that must open so they don't fail. They've got plenty of money and can open fully when the numbers prove it's safe. Not when it "seams that" they should to someone who is not educated in epidemiology.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:02 am

Yeah I am good with no fans with the current risk level in WI.

The percent positivity rate in WI = 16% (the percent of tests for COVID coming back positive). Scientifically if the rate > 5% it is an indication that there are many people who are infected who are not getting tested and thus passing it on. Basically it is spreading rapidly enough that they can’t catch people quick enough by testing to keep them separated from others. WI right now has the 3rd-5th fastest spread rate of any state in the nation (not overall numbers but rate of recent increase).

Ever play tag with 5000-10000 other people’s air droplets in a bathroom at Lambeau field? I wouldn’t suggest it right now. If no fans are in the stands the whole season and that dramatically reduces the chances of fan —> stadium personnel—> players transmission, the team could actually play every week and compete for a super bowl.

I agree with the other points of this article and am excited for this season. Thrilling game coming up and we get one more day of rest than the Saints.

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BradHTX's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:48 am

Agreed, OF. Here in Houston, we were the summer hotspot, topping out at 22% positive rate in mid-July. We had the guts to bite the bullet and get serious about changing our behavior and realizing that just because we didn’t have to quarantine at home anymore didn’t mean the pandemic was over. We’ve seen a two-month decline in rates and we are now at 3% positive rate and a transmission rate of <1.

Wisconsin didn’t get hit as hard early on but that’s changing now. It’s not the time to relax; we all love the Lambeau game atmosphere, but it will still be there later.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:37 pm

Science over Sorcery. THis is not a Hoax etc. Be a Good Citizen, follow the health Protocols, wear a mask, do not hang in crowds or rallies, social distance. Maintain Discipline.

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Lphill's picture

September 21, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Positive test does not mean the person will ever get sick, 659 thousand Americans die every year from cancer don't we wish cancer had a 98% recovery rate?

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 21, 2020 at 02:27 pm

Cancer isn't contagious from human to human via the air.

This is an example of the false equivalency fallacy.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:39 pm

Shut your pie hole. A bit too much drivel oozing out.

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Kevin Mammoser's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:14 am

This ICU nurse and lifelong Packers fan in Michigan thanks you ❤️ I've seen enough 40 year olds on ventilators for several lifetimes! It does not discriminate. I can't wait to get back in the stands! But not just yet.

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CoachDino's picture

September 21, 2020 at 04:08 pm

Prayers for you and your patients.
The two hospitals I receive counts on have 1 person currently. Very little impact, hoping it continues. Services approx 125K

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dobber's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:18 am

""There's so much to improve on. Most notably I'm upset with myself for some of those red zone calls." "

Honest self-criticism from a coach? Unheard of!

" If you're wondering why Rodgers hasn't been throwing the ball to Jace Sternberger, you're probably not wondering any more. Two more terrible drops on wide open plays."

If it's possible for a guy who has run so few routes to have the yips, it sure looks like he does.

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Bure9620's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:37 am

It is pretty refreshing isn't it? That is truly a coach whom will self scout to get better.....rather than talking about "fundamentals"

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Demon's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:58 am

With a previous unnamed coach (think mayor McCheese) fundamentals,,execution and the all too popular "pad level" seemed to be the culprit more often than not

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BradHTX's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:56 am

"There's so much to improve on. Most notably I'm upset with myself for some of the pad levels...”

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dblbogey's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:27 am

Not a mention of "pad level". I see the Cowboys are winless under MM.

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Houndog's picture

September 21, 2020 at 03:25 pm

Obviously, you turned the game off a bit early!
The 'Boys" are 1 - 1.

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Pizzadoc's picture

September 22, 2020 at 12:38 am

Yes, I fing love this guy, and the players do too. Happy for MM to have a second chance in TX, but we have the right guy for this time in history, and I love MM, but his message had gone stale. ML keeps impressing, and the team is buying in big time, see Gary's comment, he sounds like a war vet, "fighting for each other."

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September 21, 2020 at 08:12 am

Well said!

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mamasboy's picture

September 21, 2020 at 01:40 pm

You're right, he seems genuine when he takes blame. Not just lip service.

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Branden Burke's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:34 am

I've been a little disappointed in the secondary as a whole. I thought the safeties would have been a position of strength, but both have had their share of mistakes. They are shakey at best. Hopefully they solidify and savage takes the next step. Haha kinda got stuck at this position and never improved.

Most teams have to rely on rub routes and crossing patterns to get open on man coverage, but I've been seeing a lot of separation, mostly on sullivan and king, from just good route running.

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Coldworld's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:16 am

Sullivan has a difficult outing week one but yesterday it seemed to click at some point in the first half. Not only the pick 6 but general defensive acumen.

King has shut down his man thus far. I don’t think that would be the case if you are right. I have not noticed it.

Sternberger needs to get in the right place physically and mentally. At the moment he looks rusty or overwhelmed in the passing game: those were mental errors. Tonyan is starting to look like a TE though (I’m not referring to his TD). Sternberger has time.

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September 21, 2020 at 09:59 am

Hard to tell without seeing the whole field, when all 22 comes out I’m going to see how Savage, Amos and King were playing. Last week I watched Gary and based on what I saw this weeks production by him didn’t surprise me. He has added a couple of moves to his arsenal.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:32 am

It’s not as though Stafford and his passing game suck. We are playing pretty good pass defense on a huge percentage of plays. Even though they only had the ball for 25 minutes, they threw it 33 times for some yards. But not points after their second drive, scoring a garbage time TD in the fourth.

And our pass defense scored a TD

The story of this game, IMO, is the 300+ yards our RBs provided, run and pass. I’d be willing to bet than any time your backs put up that much yardage.....without a turnover......you are going to win

This offense keeps their offense off the field.

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Branden Burke's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:46 pm

Watch that first pass play to TJ hockenson (maybe the 2nd play of the game). I think they were in 3-4. Savage is in the box and tells amos he has TJ. It looks like it's man across the board from the broadcast. Amos gave him all the room in the world and had lazy coverage. Probably over 8 yards when TJ takes the route outside. When TJ makes the easy catch, amos hardly tries on the failed tackle attempt. Both looked pretty lazy on the play. I saw a few plays like that in coverage from Amos. Defense is all about effort. I really dislike seeing a lack of it.

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September 21, 2020 at 10:36 am

I agree, I've been a little disappointed with Amos and Savage. When you look at the number of snaps played by the starters and compare that to a normal season, you're looking at preseason plus one regular season game at this point. They lose the ability to grind on things between limited preseason snaps under these circumstances. They'll have to be better next week against the Saints, especially if Thomas is cleared to play.

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blacke00's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:38 am

Give Sternberger a little bit of a break. He is a second year player ya know. As has been said here a multiple occasions Adams had a stinker his second year with multiple drops. MVS "maybe" getting over his yips...so please be patient. I can just see a guy like this get cut early and end on one of our rivals and he comes back to bite the Packers in the you know what!

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Bure9620's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:42 am

That is true, but he will need to be a bit more reliable to get actualsnaps, as of right now Tonyan is that guy

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optimisticfan's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:14 am

Sternberger still has a lot of time this year to improve and show he can get over these jitters. Not long enough of a pattern of mental lack of focus/confidence to call it “Yips”

Bet he gets a gradually growing amount of snaps against teams not named “Saints” or “Bucs” due to 2 reasons:
1) We are going to dominate most teams
2) ? Short term injuries (though hopefully I am wrong)

Either way I am more excited for Deguara than anyone else in that group and Tonyan deserves credit from all those saying he might get cut this year.

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PeteK's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:17 am

Sternberger might still be suffering from the ill effects of covid.

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murf7777's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:03 am

I agree Tonyan, is more ready pass catcher. Sternberger looks like a better prospect based on blocking and receiving. He is getting open, but needs confidence and reps. He is also a good blocker much better then Tonyan in what I’ve seen on tape so far.

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Demon's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:09 am

Yes D Adams had a bad case of the sophmore slump in year 2. However he also had a pretty solid rookie year.
So far Sternberger has been as effective on O, as Montravious Adams has been on D. It is not time to panic yet, but its not looking good.

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murf7777's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:08 am

Demon, I think Adams problems his sophomore year was more due to injuries and folks felt it was a slump. It was obvious to me he was going to be great. That’s why people have to give MVS a break on last year as he was playing with injuries the second half of the year. Is MVS another Adams, no, they are very different type of receiver, but you can see his potential to be very good player. If he continues to improve he is the field stretching WR we have been looking for. This week we will really find out how good our offense can be.

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BradHTX's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:13 am

Are you seriously comparing Sternberger’s situation to Montravious Adams? C’mon, that’s not even close to a fair comparison.

Yeah, MA has spent some time on IR too, but Sternberger missed half his rookie season on IR, didn’t get any off season program this year, and missed half of training camp with COVID. And as a TE, which is a notoriously difficult position at which to make the jump from college ball to the NFL.

Give Sternberger time. He has the tools.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 22, 2020 at 03:06 am

Well Jace did not make many mistakes in his rookie season. I can not remember one of the mistake he made. Be patient, Jace Sternberger will become real deal, or he will be cut. Time will tell...

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stockholder's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:24 am

I think we need a coach to embarrass him on national TV, like Adams. The TE coach needs to get in his face. Period!

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Branden Burke's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:52 pm

Jace isnt going anywhere. He will be a very good TE for green bay for a very long time.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:45 pm

Sternberger will show as the season moves along. He was bringing it against Seattle and actually was one of the few players to deliver against the 49rs. He's dealing with a Covid recovery and getting his sea legs. He will be better than Tonyan.

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Razer's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:40 am

Good recap Ken. Grateful for a 2-0 start and some of the sunshine that this team is showing. Cautiously optimistic with Rodgers and the new offensive scheme.

But - I am going to pump the brakes on the run away excitement. We played two shitty teams. The Lions were missing 5 solid starters and NFL coaches so yeah for the Packers. Why the Lions didn't keep pounding the ball left is a mystery. When we play a team with a solid O-line it will not be pretty. Getting way out in front of teams is our best strategy, allowing us to unplug weak D-line personnel and throw pass rushers at these lesser offenses. Let's hope that Rodgers can keep humming and the opponents remain inept.

Maybe the 13-3 Gods have stuck around and us atheists just refuse to believe.

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Coldworld's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:21 am

The Packers were missing key players too. You can only beat who you play. We won’t put up 40 plus every week, but we may get better while doing so. I will wait to see informed comment on the changes in the D after the first quarter.

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Razer's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:45 am

I hear you and if we only play banged-up, messed-up teams then we should control games. Other than Detroit abandoning their running attack, I too would like to hear what the Packers adjusted to turn the tide.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:24 am

It is hard to say, but it is possible that MN and Detroit just aren't very good, or at least aren't yet. NO next week might answer some questions.

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September 21, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Exactly. Sure as hell beats almost all the alternatives. We know the D needs help, but to see the Offense play this way with growth and injury bumps along the way, is huge.

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Lphill's picture

September 21, 2020 at 07:50 am

You can go to Costco , home depot , target etc , but you can't go to a outdoor stadium ? You can limit the capacity and monitor the bathrooms and food vendors , enough of this nonsense funny how the daily covid19 reports quieted down 2 weeks ago when the CDC said they could only verify 9,700 actual covid deaths ,down vote away but I am right.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:26 am

Lp,
The daily rate of new cases in WI is twice as much as any other time in the last 6 months.

Here is a webpage that tracks cases in WI (has a nice graph half way down):
https://www.wiscontext.org/what-covid-19-pandemic-looks-wisconsin-maps-a...

Cases are climbing like they are going up a mountain. Packers maybe are trying to protect their employees (stadium personnel and players) and still ensure that we have a season to watch on TV

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mrtundra's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:13 am

I've been tracking confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin, for a while now. The daily numbers were at record highs a few days ago. Those numbers will be going even higher, now that schools have reopened. I am glad the Packers are doing the safe thing, in regards to fans at home games. Wear a mask, wash your hands, often and maintain social distancing. It is the only way we will defeat this pandemic. If schools begin to close, again, look for sports to follow. Experts such as Dr Fauci and Dr Redfield of the CDC, have said we may be in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2021 before we get back to some sort of normalcy, in our daily lives-and that is if we wear masks, now, wash our hands often and maintain social distancing, now!

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Leatherhead's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:35 am

Phill......

We’ve done 50,000,000 tests. About 10% have been positive. That’s 5,000,000. About 20% of these people have been sick enough to require a hospital. That’s 1,000,000 Most recover.

1,000,000 out of 330,000,000 million is 0.3%. That is your chance of catching the virus and being sick enough to need a hospital. That’s 3 people in a thousand. I grew up in a town of 10,000 people so that would be about 30 people with a median age of 77.

Surely, if you lived in this town, you would agree that we should close bars, churches, parks, gyms and schools to prevent this. Some bankruptcies and suicides area small price to pay.....right?

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Since the beginning, this has been about power and control. That’s why the politicians are fighting over this.

Keep your distance, wash your hands, and don’t stick your dirty finger into your eyes, mouth, or nose. If you want to wear a mask, that’s fine. The rest of this is an overreaction, IMO.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

LH,
Your math has two huge problems:

1) you assume all 330 million Americans have been exposed to the virus (that is wrong, a better estimate is closer to 20%), meaning the vast majority of people have not come into contact with it. So “the risk of needing to go to the hospital” is not 0.3%

2) This pandemic is an evolving process. Either a vaccine comes out or herd immunity (meaning > 70% of the population is exposed). Herd immunity might mean 1-2 million deaths (based on epidemiological stats). There are ~ 200,000 deaths now.

And if herd immunity happened, how long would that immunity last for before you could get it again?

Also the rest of the world will not be vacationing in the US and may reduce trade due to border inspection hassles until the US gets its cases way down. The US economy and our jobs will suffer.

LH I do appreciate you still recommending hygiene measures.
Anyways I am done posting about this today. I’ll let everyone get back to football

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Thank you for the rational dissemination of facts backed by Data. Remember, the more lethal version SARS-COV 1 has been around since 2002 and Epidemiology/Virology has zero anti-serum/vaccine for this virus.
It is not as contagious. This virus is multi-facted. It took many years of study and accumulated deaths to get a grip on HIV. The politicization of this National Health Crisis is reprehensible. Practice the Health guidelines.
Science over Sorcery.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

September 21, 2020 at 01:09 pm

The risk is too high to lose one Packer fan to a ventilator and then a coffin.

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King_James's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:12 am

Sorry but Pettine does not deserve a game ball. By all accounts it was LaFleurs halftime speech/ball busting that got the defensive and Pettine on track. More then anything else just look at how the D played in the 4th quarter compared to the last drive in the 1st half. On that last drive the D just gave them like 40 yards in two plays because they went back to prevent and gifted them a field goal opportunity. Then MLF got on them at halftime and they looked like a different team. And guess what, no more prevent! I don't know if there are more then 2-3 coaches in the NFL that I would take over MLF right now.

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Branden Burke's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:54 pm

Very happy with MLF and this offense. I like having a guy that doesn't have to scream and yell to get respect.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:05 am

Game Balls:

LaFleur -
His game planning/play calling has been much improved in year 2. We are starting to see more of what his vision for the offense looks like. But the part I really liked was the report at halftime that said he was going to have talk with the defense about playing with more urgency. The defense came out in the 2nd half and definitely played with more urgency,

Gary -
He has already forced 2 interceptions this year. He has been getting pressure on the QB and yesterday he was credited with 1.5 sacks. This front with Clark when he gets healthy can definitely be a scary front. Gary is a huge reason why.

OL -
They don't get enough love. They have been absolutely terrific. And that is including the shuffling around of players. Between creating good running lanes and not allowing Rodgers to get hurried or rushed has been a very good thing!

Lame Calls:

Dropped passes -
Our offense scored 43 points last week and 35 points this week. There is still a lot of room to improve. The dropped passes is something that while it hasn't hurt them these first 2 games, it is something that definitely could cost them in a game. They need to catch the passes that are catchable. In 2 games there are 10+ passes that were dropped. 2 of which would have been TD's. Last week MVS and this week Sternberger dropped almost identical passes that would have been first downs and would have been 15+ yard gains.
Rodgers has been off to a very strong start to the season. But if you add 10 catches for 150-200 more yards, and at least 2 TD's, his numbers look insane. His numbers right now through 2 games are 50-74 for 604 yards and 6 TD's. If he adds 10 catches, 150 yards and 2 TD's his numbers would be 60-74 (81%) for 754 yards and 8 TD's. Those are insane numbers.
The drops haven't cost us games in the first 2 games, but it definitely could. Time to hit the jugs machine!

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September 21, 2020 at 08:57 am

Did you see Julio Jones drop a TD pass that would have won the game?

I agree that we’re leaving points on the field, but everybody drops passes.

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September 21, 2020 at 09:28 am

Those wide open catches can be pesky. Forget the drop, Falcons coverage of onside was mind boggling, do they not know the rule or were they told to stay away from the ball. At least block a trailing cowboy.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:55 am

That was funny. Funnier than Bosticks Boner for damn sure.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

September 21, 2020 at 06:01 pm

Yep. Look up the top 100 pass catching percentages from last year.
There isn't a WR until 19 and that's at barely 80%. The next is 78% from WR. Obviously TEs and RBs have the highest percentages in the mid to upper 80s or more.

Davante was 85th and Lazard 81st last year, and both had catch percentages of 67% and change.

LaFleur said there were 6 drops among the 12 misses, but I had 6 on Rodgers, 4 on intended targets, and graded 2 as great defensive plays. It also seemed to me that the statistician made a mistake and charged MVS with a target on the one he caught OB on the boundary (but got a penalty that should have negated it). Not sure if that one should have been on him or Rodgers.

If MVS hadn't dropped the easy ones he has so far, he'd be in quite elite territory in pass catching percent. He'd still rank in the top 100 with his current percentage.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:05 pm

I think catch percentage is influenced by things other than drops. For example, if Rodgers throws it away in your general direction instead of taking a sack, it counts against your catch %.

Here’s the deal: We’re not taking sacks, we’re not turning it over. We’re not perfect but we’re staying on the field and we’re scoring points

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:21 am

Kudos to Pettine trotting out the psycho/nascar look. The run defense still looked pretty shaky, but GB did a much better job this week putting the game away by staying in Stafford's face.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

September 21, 2020 at 01:17 pm

Other than the one long run by Peterson, the run defense held pretty darn well. They had 89 yards rushing with 4.2 YPC. Take away the 24 yard run by AD at the end of the first quarter and the run defense did alright. And that's without Kenny Clark.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 21, 2020 at 02:38 pm

All true - but this is kind of deceptive since GB putting up 14 points on each side of halftime + the pick six basically eliminated the run game.

The offense being our best run defense will work fine against most opponents, but the teams that are built on stout defenses + ground attacks will continue to give the Packers issues until they show they can stop the run without completely selling out and loading the box.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

September 21, 2020 at 06:03 pm

Let's hope this is a good sign and that all of these other players develop a bit more and realize how good they can be when Kenny gets back.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:28 am

I suspect that MVS as the deep threat is stirring the drink for GB. A reliable friend of mine reported that Aaron Jones saw a very large percentage of light boxes against Detroit.

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PeteK's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:34 am

He is definitely losing up the opposing defenses. Contrary to the announcers opinions, the throw to him in the end zone was a bit too high to catch. He has officially arrived as a formidable weapon.

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King_James's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:08 am

Actually the throw was perfect, MVS just didn't realize where he was on the field and tried to drag his feet in the middle of the endzone instead of leaving his feet for the ball. Young player making a mistake thinking he was close to the sideline.

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September 21, 2020 at 10:10 pm

Third year guy. Young players are rookies like Edwards and Ruggs for the Raiders; Metcalf, Brown they got it done as rookies. Van Jefferson for the Rams. It's all about innate talent.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 21, 2020 at 02:43 pm

He's keeping defenses honest, at least. You could see last year after the Raiders game that teams were going to do everything they could to eliminate Jones from the game plan. Now we have another receiver that can potentially punish teams if they decide to stack the box, which is going to give GB pretty favorable defensive fronts to take what they want and keep everyone on their toes. I personally can't wait till an opposing defense stacks 8-9 guys to stop the run and GB counters with the Dillon/Deguara sledgehammer - should be absolutely demoralizing.

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Branden Burke's picture

September 21, 2020 at 08:59 pm

Jones had a very heavy box against the vikings and he was kept pretty quiet.

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PeteK's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:39 am

Also, glad the officials were calling the defensive grabs and holds on our receivers. It sets a precedent for the rest of the season. However, this season we might just be able to pound the rock if that happens.

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Razer's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:52 am

Please stop punishing us with Greg Jennings. Its not funny any more.

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CAG123's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:06 am

We can get away with drops against these subpar secondaries but next week we got Lattimore and Jack Rabbit and some two pretty good safeties we gotta shore that up. Also the run def still seems pretty meh to me back-to-back TDs to end the half and start the third put the Lions in a panic. I must say I’m getting less concerned about the offense despite the competition they just seem to flow better unlike last year against these same teams where we’d get 2-3 drives of brilliance then nothing. Anyone enjoying the Packers kinda being a low key team?

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stockholder's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:35 am

I'm more concerned with the OL. Not happy with that Right side yet. The OL is the key to the next Game.

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CAG123's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:21 am

Yeah Cam Jordan is no joke, if Hunter had played in the Vikings game and the kept him clean I’d feel a little better.

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IceBowl's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:25 am

Only sacked once in 2 games. I bet AR likes that.

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September 21, 2020 at 09:03 pm

And it was on a zero blitz too if I recall

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jlc1's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:37 am

It is pretty evident that the Pack D is not very good until the offense forces the other team to use less of its playbook. So why not take the ball if they win the toss rather than defer? If that leads to points along with time off the clock, well, looks like a good thing for the Pack. Running your first play down some points puts an edge on things.

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CAG123's picture

September 21, 2020 at 11:29 am

I kinda like getting the ball in second half after possibly getting a TD or at least a FG before. I mean getting those stops is part of the reason the lead is able to be built against the Vikes the Packers couldn’t capitalize in the red zone it was two big defensive plays that swung momentum even this game Sullivan’s pick 6 busted the game open.

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September 21, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Yes please.

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Since&#039;61's picture

September 21, 2020 at 02:53 pm

Usually, I don’t mind deferring at home because under normal circumstances you have the home crowd behind you. But on the road I prefer to take the ball and hopefully drive for a score and neutralize the opponents home crowd.
Not sure how much it matters this season.
Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ‘61

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 21, 2020 at 10:34 pm

L'attack, toujours, L'attack.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

September 21, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Lame call for the coach calling a time out just prior to a crucial play? Ummm... no. He’s the head coach.

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Since&#039;61's picture

September 21, 2020 at 02:10 pm

Game Balls: Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, MVS, Rashan Gary and C. Sullivan
Lame Calls: Dropped passes, especially by Sternberger and injuries.

We have been out scoring our opponents significantly. But in a close game, likely against the Saints, those dropped passes could be the difference in the game. Go Pack Go. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 21, 2020 at 04:35 pm

I think the Saints game will be a horse race game/gonzo scoring affair similar to when the Chiefs/Rams matched up a couple years ago. Wouldn't surprise me at all if we see 100 pass attempts between the two QBs.

The 49ers game, though, is a different story, and I think any miscues there could decide the game.

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September 21, 2020 at 05:50 pm

Run more pass less right leatherhead ?? Jace Sternberger is a bum that can’t catch, wasted pick..

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SpikeHyzer's picture

September 21, 2020 at 06:09 pm

He can catch. On one play he heard footsteps and was afraid to get hit. On the other, he knew he was in the clear and--like MVS last week on one of his--looked up field before he pulled the ball in.

Those are minor technical issues that I hope can be fixed (though maybe he is playing more afraid at NFL speed and size). His hands were great in college. It was concentration on one and fear on the other.

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September 21, 2020 at 06:04 pm

Lame Balls: MLF and Fox. I thought it was strange the half time report that MLF was going to yell at the defense. Weird third hand stuff. Frankly, I have a hard time believing with how many adjustments both groups have to make in what little time they have at half time. Called time out: Man or man, I thought Rodgers was going over about to go over and punch MLF out for a second. It's all about the play calling. LaFleur was getting late in getting in the call play to Rodgers as the game rolled into second half. And you could see Rodgers starting to become one unhappy camper the longer it took to get to the LOS. Game Balls: Mike Pettine. Mad or genius, or Mad Genius. I joked about him going to one DL and some combo of 4 LB/hybrid and 6DB earlier this year. And he goes and does it in the second half. Ha Ha Ha...... (I was looking for Darth Capers in the stands, didn't see him... :-) Seriously, Pettine believes that the new rules are forcing defenses to get longer, lighter and quicker, and that is the only way to win match up football the NFL craves. Packer GM Gute believes, and that is all that really counts. (Think I'm kidding. Outside of Kenny Clarke, every lineman is between 6 feet and 6-4 and around 280-305. That's a pretty light group)

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HankScorpio's picture

September 21, 2020 at 09:06 pm

In addition to the spectacular day running and receiving, Jones threw in a really nice blitz pickup. He made an impact in all three phases, run, catch, block.

All of that in less than half the offensive snaps. Maybe if they get his workload above the 50% mark, they can work in a HB option pass.

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