The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Packers vs Bears

Aaron hands out the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Green Bay Packers Week 17 win over the Chicago Bears.  

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4thand1's picture

January 03, 2021 at 10:08 pm

Good- right on AROD
bad- MVS, KING, Catch the dam ball.
ugly- 3rd quarter and the play on 4th down by the bearlies in a 21-16 game.(WHEW)

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:11 am

King was blocked from seeing the ball. Not possible to make that catch.
He also had blanket coverage on a 1st down, swatted the ball on 2nd, and made a great tackle on 3rd on one drive.

He stopped that drive all by himself.

He also made a lot of great tackles.

The King hate needs to end. He's not Jaire, but he's not bad.

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PhantomII's picture

January 03, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Good: Packers clinch #1 seed and first round bye.
OL did a great job.
Defense held Bears to 16 pts. Offense did great when they moved the chains. Red zone Offense did really well.
Multiple Packer players scored TD's, and Crosby was perfect.

Bad: (8-8) Bears ran 30+ more plays than us. This is normally a sign of a defeat. We need heavy fronts to get more 3 and outs Pettine.
If we continue with a 4 man front to a run team stubbornly, we will not go far in the playoffs. That needs to change in 2 weeks.

Ugly: MVS drop of a perfectly thrown ball. ST fumble. Cards put (8-8) Bears in playoffs anyway.

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Bure9620's picture

January 04, 2021 at 03:52 am

They played alot of base and the Bears averaged under 4 per carry, the short passes and our corners playing off is what extended drives

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PhantomII's picture

January 04, 2021 at 05:52 am

Base here on out needs to be 3DL, 2-OLB and 2 ILB. King was back 8-10 every play. Maybe he's nicked up and doesn't have his top end speed or just not that confident. either way mostly him off so far.

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Guam's picture

January 04, 2021 at 08:31 am

He had a groin injury earlier this year and I think it is still bothering him. About two weeks ago he scooped a fumble and had a head start and a clear field to a TD but was caught from behind. He also used to be a good man bump and run defender and recently he has been playing much more off coverage. Both of those things tell me he is not 100%.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:12 am

He is not healthy. He’s consistently on the report with that groin. He is so much better when he is slowed to play close, but that’s on Pettine. Pettine needs to trust his players in the secondary.

Yes, Montgomery averaged 3.1 ypc, but Trubisky averaged about 6 per attempt, I too hoped Pettine would pick up on the fact that the Bears have relied on Montgomery in very similar fashion to Tennessee on Henry. A bigger front and ILBs would potentially have ended drives and had more pressure and I think turnovers.

Churlish perhaps, the D did it’s job effectively, but I think it signals that Pettine hasn’t really learned and that he still loves going light and refuses to trust a base backfield despite the evidence and that could cost us as we play better offenses. Trubisky had too much time and couldn’t threaten beyond 10 yards except for the bomb, which could easily have backfired. Pettine still worries me even though the D is playing better and he has at least shifted a little.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:48 am

"Base here on out needs to be 3DL, 2-OLB and 2 ILB. King was back 8-10 every play."

By all means, let's play 4 DBs against 4 wide formations. That's brilliant!

You have no clue if King was 8-10 yards back every play. You can't see where he is aligned pre-snap, and you can't afford All-22.

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PhantomII's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:01 pm

Thanks

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murf7777's picture

January 04, 2021 at 08:22 am

Regarding 4 or 5 man fronts I think it entirely depends on game situations. If you have a big lead allowing them to eat up clock with short runs and throws doesn't hurt you. I have to admit Pettine is doing a great job over the past 6 weeks or so. Teams are only averaging 17.2 points against us in the last 5. You can't ask for much more then that or you are nitpicking.

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pacman's picture

January 03, 2021 at 10:31 pm

Just switch Austin and MVS. Austin had the ball hit out of his arm. MVS just looked like he doesn't belong in the NFL (again).

And you have to put OL in GOOD after losing Bahk.

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canadapacker's picture

January 03, 2021 at 11:04 pm

Come on man - he got the nice TD on the first one - he blocks well and he stretches the field for the other receivers - yes I hated that second drop - that could have been a dagger and made himself the game hero

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:14 am

MVS had a TD and the most receiving yards. Austin fumbled a return and you want to swap? Rubbish.

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KC Mack's picture

January 04, 2021 at 12:31 pm

Uhhhh whaah? Not swapping a dude who can't hold on to the ball for another dude that can't hold on to the ball.....

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4thand1's picture

January 03, 2021 at 10:25 pm

I just watched hideous, The Eagles tanking a game, it was disgusting.

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Ernesto's picture

January 03, 2021 at 10:34 pm

Good another win
Bad - d can't get off field.
Ugly - mvs made himself expendable. Lot better young guys with good hands rather than keep him around. He will kill you in the play offs.

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canadapacker's picture

January 03, 2021 at 11:09 pm

Ya your a payne.

The good MVS - nice TD blew by everybody
The bad MVS - blew by everybody but dropped the ball
The bad - special teams - kickoff ob and fumble on the return and not making at least the 30 on kos
The bad King dropping another sure INT and bad high tackling technique
The good King coming up and making some tackles
The good at times Dline on runs - the bad at times D line on runs allowing 2nd and 3rd and 1

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:18 am

In fairness, I think King was unsighted.

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fastmoving's picture

January 04, 2021 at 03:57 am

there is not one better guy out there than MVS and he had a good game. D was also good.
MVS could win us some games and will kill the opponent. You should just watch a game ot two.....

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canadapacker's picture

January 04, 2021 at 12:41 pm

Totally agree and sometimes it does not show on the stats sheet - He can carry one or two guys with him and clear out areas where Lazard and Adams get to. He also runs those jet sweeps which cause their guys to have to follow him - although he is not as good as others on that. Plus he is a willing blocker.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:16 am

A ton of 6’5’ speedsters. Every team has them in numbers. Where is the sarcasm font? Yes, we would have done better without his TD and 90 odd yards on 3 targets.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:15 am

MVS had 6 drops, but the other 24 were on Rodgers.
His adjusted catch percentage was around 85% (top 50 in league, while he's about 125th without adjusting for bad throws, of which he received the most in the NFL).

He also caught 1 of 2 long balls. 50% is also exactly what he caught on balls over 20 yards. The league average on the long ball is only 20% catch rates.

MVS is not bad. He's actually THE BEST deep threat in the league (and his DVOA ranks him the 17th best receiver overall).

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4thand10's picture

January 03, 2021 at 10:43 pm

Good...Rodgers, Billy Turner, Snacks saw some time, Jones, Adams, Mercedes did excellent on the line . Lazard played well

Bad...defense played well but I just hate a 2 DL Dime front. It doesn’t stop anyone. The Bears checked into a run every time they saw it and their running was more productive than it should have been. Then I saw Pettines version of a nascar package...bears checked into another first down run. I mean, seriously that package should be flushed and banned in the NFL...it doesn’t work. Kevin King as good as he is needs to seriously work on tackling.

Ugly...special teams

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Bure9620's picture

January 04, 2021 at 05:15 am

The Bears averaged under 4 per carry.......Montgomery had been running all over teams lately and he had 69 yards........

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4thand10's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:04 am

4 yrds per carry isn’t stopping the run. That’s a pretty low standard.

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Bure9620's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:35 am

Okay....

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:22 am

3.1 from Montgomery. This from one who thought Pettine should have gone heavier.

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:37 am

NFL avg. yd per carry is 4.3.
Packers avg. yd per carry allowed is 4.8.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:17 am

League average was 4.44 yards per carry this year.

Holding him well over 10% below that is a very high standard and an exceptionally good job.

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jhalwas611.com's picture

January 03, 2021 at 10:52 pm

The Good: The general play of the offense and line in particular. Alexander and Amos on the back end of the defense. Savage's tackling at the line of scrimmage.
The Bad: King's soft coverage and poor tackling technique. MVS lack of concentration on the dropped pass.
The Ugly: Special teams again. A kickoff out of bounds giving a shortened field and a fumble. This type of play will cost a playoff game.

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4thand1's picture

January 03, 2021 at 11:35 pm

STs better get their shit together I agree.

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Philarod's picture

January 04, 2021 at 03:57 am

"A kickoff out of bounds giving a shortened field and a fumble."

The fumble, of course, was bad...I thought Austin could make a positive difference, but...not yet.

The opening kickoff was ruled out of bounds, but it was nowhere near out of bounds. Either a stupid rule, a terrible ruling or both.

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Bure9620's picture

January 04, 2021 at 05:03 am

The players body out of bounds touching the ball. Therefore illegal kick out of bounds. The players body is an extension of the ball at that point.. It was a smart play by Patterson. This is why you should not flirt with the sidelines on a kickoff.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:53 am

Austin is a guy that fumbles. Need the slot WR with quicks to settle the PR position. The kick returner was timid at best.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:22 am

King had 10 tackles, and 7 were solo.
Only 2 were considered failure to stop.

He also single handedly stopped a drive (forced a bad throw into blanket coverage on 1st, pass defended on 2nd, and tackle for only a 1 yard gain on 3rd).

MVS also caught balls over 20 yards in the air at nearly 50% this year. He was exactly 50% Sunday. League average is 20% on the long ball. He's WAY above average. He's now THE best deep threat in the league, as proven by his overall DVOA, which places him 17th in the league among all wide receivers (for passes at all 3 levels). 24 missed targets were on Rodgers, the most suffered by any player in the league, which makes his 6 drops look a bit better in context.

The King and MVS hate needs to stop. They are both young, quality players who are only getting better.

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Starrbrite's picture

January 03, 2021 at 11:54 pm

Our special teams arm an abomination; one or two critical blunders each week. Can we continue to overcome them?

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Leatherhead's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:43 am

We have not lost a single game in two years due to special teams. We’ve won a couple.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 04, 2021 at 11:02 am

La Fleur has to get his voice into the Sp teams meeting s and straighten this cluster out. It will cost this team at some point, just like the Seattle disaster.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

January 04, 2021 at 12:09 am

Good - The road to Tampa goes through GB. Aaron's 3rd MVP season at age 37 truly warms my heart. His scorched earth tour was just... impressive.

Bad - King and his tackling attempts at times. Is he allowed to just throw a shoulder and not even try to wrap up because of his shoulder injury history? I've seen it so many times, I don't know how the coaches don't embarrass him in film review.

Ugly - Duh Bares contribution to this "rivalry" the last 3 decades. Haha, TBSS.

GPG

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:20 am

I hated that tackle, that said, King actually made a lot of tackles yesterday. I do hate it when he is not used in close coverage, but that’s presumably on the coach as he wasn’t consistently off yesterday.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:24 am

Did you miss the fact that King stopped one drive on his own on all 3 plays?
Or that he had 10 total tackles and 7 were solo and that he had a way above average rate of 80% of those being considered stops?

In modern sports, we encourage players to get better, not embarrass them publicly.

He's good. He's not Jaire, but they are the best tandem in the NFL.
(and PS to all: the INT was not possible as he could not see the ball until it was less than 10 feet from him and traveling 55 MPH).

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

January 04, 2021 at 12:34 am

GOOD? Not a strong enough word it was GREAT!!! Beating the Bears.
The Bad was that the Bears still got in the playoffs in spite of the thrashing.
The Ugly? After beating the Bears for the second time in one season AGAIN, I just can't view anything as ugly in this game.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

January 04, 2021 at 12:41 am

Good:
Two consecutive 13-3 seasons. 1st round bye.
Getting to watch another win with my 23 year old son.
Getting to laugh at all the "experts" who criticized Mr. Gutekunst's draft.

Bad:
People who continually criticize MVS. Apparently they missed his TD catch and continued excellent blocking.
People who criticize Kevin King. King was all over the place stopping the Bears receivers when they caught those short passes.

Ugly: The continued complaining about the defense from people who wouldn't know "a two man front" or a "prevent defense" if they saw it.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

January 04, 2021 at 01:04 am

As far as King goes, you're easily impressed. The guy is allergic to wrapping up.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

January 04, 2021 at 01:25 am

I'm impressed by guys who are constantly around the ball. I'm impressed by DBs who are great in run support. I'm impressed by guys who don't give up explosive plays.

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murf7777's picture

January 04, 2021 at 08:29 am

I would love to see King wrap up more, but watching the NFL these days 90% of the backfield, tackles this way. King actually is quite physical and does make a lot of tackles. The one play did make him look a bit ridiculous thou. He plays soft probably because that's his best way for him to cover while not allowing a long reception. On short yardage passes, I've noticed he is jumping on plays much better as well and keeping plays to smaller gains.

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PhantomII's picture

January 04, 2021 at 06:02 am

The 2-DL front will lead to an early and sore exit.....again. 8-8 team had 30 more plays than us...30+. All Defenses have to play for a 3 and out. That is the way it has always been....Always. Only a dumb ass has a 2 DL front on 1-2 down. It was a too close game for 3/4 of the game, and it shouldn't have been. At lest our D will have good conditioning for playoffs and missing a week of play I guess.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

January 04, 2021 at 07:04 am

Again, you don't know what a 2-DL front is. You don't even know the difference between linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs. Your use of vulgar, bodily part profanity indicates your ignorance.

It is further obvious that you know nothing about strategy and situational football. You're the moron who wants to blitz and play play press coverage with no safety help over the top when the team has a 14 point lead with 6 minutes remaining. Who cares about winning the game as long as you try for your three and out?

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PhantomII's picture

January 04, 2021 at 08:25 pm

I think you're plain high.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

January 04, 2021 at 07:14 am

And I love the whining about the 30+ plays discrepancy (discrepancy means difference, by the way). It was obvious that the Packers were more than happy to let Chicago continually use dink and dunk passes and rushing attempts that gained two and a half yards. Chicago had an offensive game plan that was destined to failure and Pettine accommodated them.

The Bears scored a whopping 3 points in the second half. Yeah, that really made the game too close.

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johngalt's picture

January 04, 2021 at 06:52 am

Lighten up Francis

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:28 am

King stopped a drive by himself on all 3 plays. He registered a career high 10 tackles (7 solo) and all but 2 were considered stops (80% is WAY above league average).

MVS caught 1/2 long balls, but league average on balls over 20 yards is only 20%. He is at 50% on the season, TWICE league average. He's the best long threat in the league (led it in YPC). His DVOA ranks him 17th in the league among all WRs.

They are good. I've never doubted either player would become good and also thought Gutey had a perfect draft last year.

The D is the single most improved in the league over the last 6 games, peaking at the right time.

No complaints from me. Best year since the Super Bowl year.

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Bure9620's picture

January 04, 2021 at 04:52 am

The good: Rodgers pre snap and just violating the Bears secondary. The O-line held up well, Quinn and Mack were held in check. Props to Bill Turner. The Defense gave up only 13 points (Teams 3 points)

The Bad: MVS is the biggest Boom/Bust player in the league. You simply don't get more open, that catch would have been night night for the Bears. He is who he is now

The Ugly: I fear our atrocious Special teams will be costly in the playoffs. A fumbled punt by a veteran player. A guy we signed to augment Special Teams....it's just unacceptable.....Punt return by the Jaguars, punt return by the Eagles, blocked FG by the Titans called back, blocked punt by Houston. Inconsistent punting by "The Weapon." This WILL bite us. If I am MLF, I give the team off this week unless you are on a special teams unit. Special Teams has not earned a bye. We practice to ensure we don't cost the Packers a Super Bowl AGAIN. Special teams ARE SOOOO Important........ST can keep a bad team in a game, steal a possession, or LOSE you the game. 2015 NFCCG. Enough said.

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January 04, 2021 at 06:22 am

I'm good with that. Special teams COVERAGE & RETURN UNITS get no time off.
Daffney did have a great big hit on Cordarrelle yesterday which was awesome to see.
Of course, it was at the 30 yard line though....

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NitschkeFromTheGrave's picture

January 04, 2021 at 06:48 am

Good:
A win over the Bears is always a sweet. Top Dog with a week off and home field, Let's have a beer and take a day off.

The Bad:
MVS, PACK YOUR BAGS, you won't see next year in the green and gold. And... Mr. King, you have got to catch that damnd ball and START PUTING YOUR SHOULDER INTO YOUR HITS... Comon Mannnn.

Coming out out of the locker room for the 3rd Q with the lead FLAT .... How many times have we seen this movie ?! At least this ending came out better and made up the ground in the 4th.

The Ugly: Special Team fumble? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Hey Petine, you Putz, can we make an adjustment or two, how many 3rd down conversions does it take FOR YOU TO GET IT? Your seat next to MVS on the bus out is all warmed up.
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~Now, go out there and HIT someone. I need a cigar...

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:30 am

Worst takes in history. Go back to the grave old man, you no longer understand football.

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Fabio's picture

January 04, 2021 at 05:23 am

I think in two weeks the only goal is to collapse the Tampa Bay pocket otherwise it will be tough. I hate seeing Brady play like he's on the couch
Go Pack Go

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PhantomII's picture

January 05, 2021 at 10:48 pm

The Broncos showed us how to play Brady in their Super Bowl run, Put him on his butt early and often.

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psu8284's picture

January 04, 2021 at 06:47 am

Good - Oline almost not missing a beat. Another great outing
Bad - Refs; and strangely despite Bear fans who beg to differ against Green Bay. Felt the opening kickoff was definitely ruled wrong and missed badly on the guard jumping on Bear 4th and 1.
Ugly - MVS drop, Austin Fumble, P. Smith jumping offside (again) in a play that was a turnover...each of which can cost you a game against a better team.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:31 am

Opening KO was indeed wrong, but so was the call that failed to realize that Kmet was down and the fumble did not occur.

Bad calls were even, 1-1.

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joejetson's picture

January 04, 2021 at 07:40 am

Good, bad, and ugly- MVS.
Good- Long TD catch.
Bad- Another long bomb right in his hands, in stride, and he drops it.
Ugly- The fact these drops keep happening. Changed the entire momentum of the game for the entire 3rd quarter.
The one positive from the dropped pass is it on film. Opponents will have decide if they want to risk single coverage on MVS on deep routes. 50/50 chance he drops it, but if he catches it, it's a 75 yard TD.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:37 am

Some facts:

MVS yesterday caught half of his long balls. He was 50% on the season. League average on balls that go more than 20 yards in the air: 20%.

Rodgers missed 24 and MVS dropped 6 this year. Who's more to blame? His adjusted catch percentage bumps the 52% that looks so bad up to 85%. That was the most bad throws by any QB to ANY player in the league this year (by a wide margin).

He ranks as the #1 deep threat in the league (led NFL in YPC). Despite a relatively small number of targets (63), he has the 17th best DVOA in the entire league.

You don't dump the best deep threat in the league when he's the 17th best receiver in the league (out of 64 starters).

He's easily in the top 30% of receivers and only getting better at the stuff he was bad at (medium balls, as evidenced by his recent 6/6 game).

He also may be the best blocking receiver in the league not named Lazard.

What's not to love? You have to guard a guy who is 50/50 on long balls because 50% is MORE THAN TWICE league average.

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stockholder's picture

January 04, 2021 at 08:28 am

The Good: Rodgers. The OL. Aaron Jones. The Bad: The Fumble. The Drop. The Ugly- The officials: Home Field advantage?

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:37 am

Nah. Bad calls were even.
Kmet was down before he fumbled.

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mrtundra's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:20 am

Good: ARod is a beast! Dafney wants to play more often! Tonyan catches his 11th TD of the season.

Bad: Dropped pass by MVS and King's blown INT in the end zone. You both gotta make those catches!

Ugly: STs returners. Austin fumbling the ball and Taylor looking lost out there. Our 4th and 1 defense.

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PyschoDad3's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:27 am

Was it me, or does it seem like MVS catches the ball OK if it is up around his shoulders,,, but anything else can be an adventure.

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Coldworld's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:34 am

I think it’s waist high passes from the back side. I think he gets caught in hands no man’s land. Common technique problem in transitioning hands usage. He’s improved in many other aspects of his game, I see no reason why that can’t be addressed.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 04, 2021 at 11:14 am

He's in his third season. 50/50 guys do not last long in this league. A receiver has to make the catch unless it's drilled out of his Hands.

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dobber's picture

January 04, 2021 at 11:18 am

Watched the end of TN/HOU after the Packers game ended and saw AJ Brown catch that late ball to give TN a chance to win and thought, "man, I'd love for that guy to be a Packer."

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canadapacker's picture

January 04, 2021 at 01:03 pm

You'd make a horrible GM - some guys take a little longer even Adams did and now look. Even if you say that MVS is a 50-50 guy the reason that everyone dumps is because he is so far down field - when you look at KC's drops and Pittsburgh drops - they would be happy to have MVS. Johnson Pittsburgh 10 drops - Jeudy 9 - Tyrik Hill 6 drops - isnt he a game buster for KC - MVS is not on the list - I agree that that catch on the first series of the second half could have been a killer against a better team. Coming out and burning them on a long one to start the 2nd half would have eased everybody's mind. But so what it doesnt make him expendable - look at the stats and he is a gamebreaker and does other things too.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:41 am

His 50% rate of catching the long ball, however, ranks him #1 in the league at more than twice the league average of 20% on balls over 20 yards.

His adjusted catch percentage (Rodgers missed 24, the most to any player in the league, and MVS dropped 6 all year) is 85%, which moves him from 125th in the league to the top 50.

His DVOA ranked him the 17th best WR in the league this year (and top long threat).

He's actually very good and gets no credit. Being 17 out of 64 starters is solid, and his recent 6/6 game shows he's gotten better at what he was worst at (short or medium balls).

He'll be a top 15 receiver for years to come.

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mbpacker's picture

January 04, 2021 at 09:55 am

The Good: A win, #1 seed and bye; #'s12, 17, 23,& 97; Bear's loss!
The Bad: MVS drop
The Ugly: Penalties and Special teams again( Fumble).

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 04, 2021 at 11:17 am

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Since'61's picture

January 04, 2021 at 10:47 am

The Good: Aaron Rodgers and Jones, Adams, OL especially Turner. Amos, Alexander, Gary, Barnes, and Sullivan.
The Bad: Austin fumble, King dropped pick in the end zone.
The Ugly: MVS dropped TD pass, officials missing Bear OL moving pre-snap. Officials totally miss handling the call on the opening KO. At the least it should have been Bears ball at their 1 yard line. But it really should have been a free ball with a chance for the Packers to recover. The Bears player had his feet on the ground when he fielded the ball. You can’t field a ball from out of bounds. Yes, you can leave your feet and field the ball but that was not the case. Also, the player never had possession and left the ball on the field. How is that not a fumble? Terrible job by the officials. Thanks, Since ‘61

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SpikeHyzer's picture

January 05, 2021 at 11:45 am

The King INT was not a play that could be made (next gen vid stats put it at lower than 5% chance, since his vision of the ball was blocked until it was right on him at 55 MPH).

MVS finished the season with a catch percentage more than double league average on long balls. His adjusted catch percentage moves him from 125th to inside the top 50.

His DVOA ranked him the 17th best WR in the league (64 starters, though more than 75 players qualified with enough snaps to be called starters).

Yes, the refs blew the first challenge on the Kick Off.
They also blew the challenge on Kmet, who was very clearly down well before he fumbled.

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January 04, 2021 at 11:18 am

Ball on the one yard line. It seemed obvious at the time. Was his foot on the pylon when he touched the ball? One foot was out of bounds. A vegas call?

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January 04, 2021 at 11:35 am

I don’t think a Vegas call. At least not on the field. Maybe from the review booth.

To me, in real time it looked like the returner was going to field the ball. As he slowed down his feet went out from under him on the soft turf. He tried to grab the ball was out of bounds and the official blew the whistle, stopping the play.

IMO the official assumed that the returner was trying for the penalty and the booth chose not to overturn the call on the field. I think at the least he was out of bounds at the one yard line. But since he never had the ball it was a fumble and a free ball. If the ruling is accurate why is it inconsistent with every other rule for fielding the ball in the NFL. If that was a punt it would have been ruled as a muffed return.
Maybe I misunderstand the rule but as I saw it live that was a free ball and not a play to be whistled dead. Thanks, Since ‘61

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January 04, 2021 at 03:19 pm

I agree, and believe NY botched this one and punted it back to the on field officials. Old-time ref would have picked that up right away. Too bad NFL Front Office purged most of them last year.

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January 04, 2021 at 11:37 am

Ugly and uglier=Special Teams! Good Amos, mot mentioned anywhere I saw, but i thought he was outstanding again~!

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January 04, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Yeah, agree. How could I forget Amos who has been so consistent all year long!

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January 05, 2021 at 12:19 am

Good: Besides Rodgers/Adams, gotta go with Adrian Amos.
Bad: Playing 10 yds back on 3rd & 3.
Ugly: How can it be anything else besides... the Chicago Bears.

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