The Packers and Bears entered Monday night’s football game with a record of 2-0. Pre-season many analysts had pegged the Packers to be the NFC champs and a Super bowl contender. Although there was no doubt that the Bears were capable of winning, most thought they would not be the team to come out 3-0. However, Monday nights game proved differently and showed that Green Bay has a long way to go and a lot of mistakes to correct if they want to live up to the expectations.
Linebacker Nick Barnett stated in a postgame interview,” We’re not Santa Claus. We’re not in the business of jumping down your chimney and letting you have a game.” COULDVE FOOLED ME! That’s exactly what it looked like from Shakeys in Carson where 100+ little league Packer fans and myself were watching.
Though I stand by my story that many of the penalties were suspect calls by the refs (roughing the passer call on LB Frank Zombo was BULLs#%@!), that still leaves about 11 very stupid, very irresponsible MENTAL mistakes and penalties made by the Packers on both sides on the ball.
- Mark Tauscher- Two offside penalties and a holding call which resulted in the calling back of TE Jermichael Finley’s touchdown.
- Mason Crosby’s kick is blocked, followed by a delay of game on the next Packer possession.
- Receiver James Jones fumbles the ball on the run after a short pass. This just after Rodgers causes a delay of game resulting in 10 loss yards and a loss down.
- The deal is sealed with only 2 minutes left in the game. A suspect P.I. call on rookie Morgan Burnett that definitely looked to me like an offensive P.I.
- Charles Woodson is a NON-FACTOR in this game! I had to keep checking to see if he was even on the field!!
Now for that glimmer of hope, I’ll put on my rose colored glasses, raise my half full (not half empty) glass and give a toast to the positives that can get the Pack back on track:
- AARON RODGERS-still looking good. More importantly he stayed of his back! O line gave him the protection he needs to stay of the record sacks list. He’s also running. He scored one touch down on the run and got a few first downs.
- BRANDON JACKSON-though the Packers running game is STRUGGLING to recover from the loss of starting RB Ryan Grant for the rest of the season, Brandon Jackson is looking like he is more than capable to feel Grant’s big shoes. He powered through on some big runs reminiscent of Dorsey Levens in the 90’s.
Next weeks game against the Lions should be a sure victory. Packers have beaten them 19 consecutive games but as we all know the saying…ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY…the outcome may shock you…DOUBT IT! We’ll be 3-1 after next Sunday. GO PACKERS!!!