Packer fans, doesn’t It feel so good to be on top? Standing 5-0 at the top of the league over everyone else….WAIT! Who in the hell is that at the top of Mt. Victory next us? The freakin Lions? The Chicago Bears couldn’t handle our light weight this past Monday? Ugh. Being undefeated isn’t as sweet when your NFC North contender shares the same record. NEVER SEND A BEAR TO DO A PACKERS JOB.
Eh well, let’s forget about that and talk a little about how the Packers turned up the heat and overcame a 14-0 deficit to beat the Falcons on Sunday (25-14).
I told you all in my last blog that the Packers defense has been worrying me every week. Last Sunday was no exception. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead and ended the half at 14-0. Despite defensive frustration, Charles Woodson told Packers.com that no one spoke to the defense during halftime. There was no pep talk from the coach or to each other. Everyone knew what they needed to do and they had 2 more quarters to do so. That silence proved to be golden.
The Packers defense shut the Falcons out in the 2nd half. They killed the Falcons running game forcing a few 3 and outs and the Falcons were stuck relying on the early points which weren’t enough. On Offense, the Pack’s O-line created great opportunities for James Starks to get big runs but he was unable to score in the red zone. I think we need to be utilizing John Kuhn in red zone. Starks has great field vision and can find holes to blast through, but Kuhn has the power and can plow through defenders, pulling them with him into the end zone.
After struggling early in the 3rd quarter, the Packers buckle down and go right into old faithful; sending 4 receivers down field and whoever gets open gets the ball. Jennings caught some risky passes and an incredible touchdown pass (as usual), but the one who was most successful at getting open was James Jones who was ressponsible for several crucial 1st downs and the game sealing touchdown.
The bench continues to have an impact in the Packers victories. Desmond Bishop has a big sack while Charlie Peprah sealed the win with his first interception of the season.
AJ Hawk was a little TOO turnt up and caused the Packers a risky 15 yard Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty but that gift wasn’t enough to save the dirty birds.
As far as our defensive problems go, I’ll leave you with a quote from longtime football analyst Vic Ketchman:
“You know, a lot of people would’ve saved themselves a lot of angst if they hadn’t spent so much time worrying about the pass-defense and just trusted the fact that the defense is being coached by Dom Capers and that means success was soon to follow. It’s real simple: Capers doesn’t coach bad defenses. That’s all any of us needed to know. What are we going to worry about this week?"
Well Vic, next week the Pack faces the St. Louis Rams in Lambeau, so…not many worries there. The man of my house is a Rams fan and we are also facing each other in fantasy football, so this week we will truly be a house divided. The Rams have 0 (yes zero) wins, and the Packers have no loses. I’d bet a rocket scientist would put all his money on the Packers, but a true football fan knows that on any given Sunday the impossible can happen. However a Packers fan knows that this is “Year of the Takeover” Part II. Sorry Honey, but the Rams will have to get their first W another time.